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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
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 2574
Children and youth 5880
Farmers 2881
Indigenous people 3222
Local authorities 3031
Non-governmental organization 8959
Scientific and technological communities 2545
Women 4976
Workers and trade unions 1473
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