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Sustainable Development Major Groups

Broad public participation is a fundamental prerequisite of sustainable development, and Agenda 21 recognizes nine major groups of civil society.

DESA's Division for Sustainable Development provides leadership and is an authoritative source of expertise within the United Nations system on sustainable development. It promotes sustainable development as the substantive secretariat to the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) and through technical cooperation and capacity building at international, regional and national levels.

The table below presents data on all organizations active in the CSD process, including special active and inactive accreditation categories, major groups' sectors, and meeting participation history.


Organizations active in CSD Meeting participation
Organizations active in the CSD process 219
   
Accreditation  
Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) Roster 538
World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) - expired 722
Small Island Developing States (SIDS) - expired 35
 
Major Group Sectors
Business and industry 2503
Children and youth 5735
Farmers 2806
Indigenous people 3134
Local authorities 2950
Non-governmental organization 8732
Scientific and technological communities 2469
Women 4808
Workers and trade unions 1432
2011: CSD-19 107
2010: CSD-18 128
2009: IPM CSD-17 36
2009: CSD-17 116
2008: CSD-16 7
2007: IPM CSD-15 2
2007: CSD-15 13
2006: CSD-14 3
2005: Mauritius International Meeting (SIDS+10) 1
2005: IPM CSD-13 2
2005: CSD-13 6
2004: CSD-12 9
2003: CSD-11 5
2002: WSSD PrepCom III 3
2002: WSSD PrepCom II 6
2002: Johannesburg Summit (WSSD) 8
2001: CSD-9 1
2000: CSD-8 1
1998: CSD-6 1
1996: CSD-4 1
1995: CSD-3 1
1992: Rio Earth Summit 1