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Major Groups: Stakeholder Engagement Mechanism
through Public Diplomacy

One of the key goals of non-State stakeholders is to engage in intergovernmental decision and policy making processes through access to intergovernmental processes and events.

The Institute creates an open and structured avenue for close engagement of stakeholders in the implementation of the SDGs through public diplomacy.

The achieving sustainable development would require the active participation of all sectors of society and all types of people. Agenda 21, adopted at the Earth Summit, drew upon this sentiment and formalized nine sectors of society as the main channels through which broad participation would be facilitated in UN activities related to sustainable development.

These are officially called "Major Groups" and include the following sectors:
Children and Youth
Indigenous Peoples
Non-Governmental Organizations
Local Authorities
Workers and Trade Unions
Business and Industry
Scientific and Technological Community

Two decades after the Earth Summit, the importance of effectively engaging these nine sectors of society was reaffirmed by the Rio+20 Conference. Its outcome document "The Future We Want" highlights the role that Major Groups can play in pursuing sustainable societies for future generations. In addition, governments invited other stakeholders, including

local communities,

volunteer groups and foundations,

migrants and families,

older persons and

persons with disabilities,

to participate in the processes related to sustainable development, which can be done through close collaboration with the Major Groups.

Our work includes:

  • Consultation with members, networks to prepare inputs addressing themes of specific intergovernmental processes related to sustainable development

  • Organize and disseminate information on Major Groups and intergovernmental processes and activities related to sustainable development

  • Consultation with members and networks to identify participants able to serve on their sector's delegation

  • Provide and develop process understanding so that Major Groups will be able to maximise their presence at the international organizations in accordance with the official engagement practices and procedures

  • Provide guidance and find expertise to develop policy positions representing the best from the Major Groups constituencies relevant to the agenda points of the specific processes

  • Facilitate the participation of representatives of their respective sector throughout intergovernmental meetings and sessions, working in collaboration with other stakeholders and Major Group sector representatives

Major Groups and other stakeholders (MGoS) continue to demonstrate a high level of engagement with intergovernmental processes at the IOs. 
Please note that Member States ultimately decide upon the modalities of participation of non-State stakeholders. Thus, the engagement and participation of non-State stakeholders in intergovernmental processes varies depending on the particular topic under discussion.

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Delegate preparation and planing position papers

In order to adequately represent the Institut de diplomatie publique during the conference, a delegate will need to interact with delegates representing other countries, Major Groups, or other stakeholders.

Knowing their viewpoints and policies that will be represented will help delegates from the Institute predict what will be said during the debate phase of the conference. This will be very useful in helping delegates identify who will be in agreement with their position and which ones will be opposed. In addition, it will help them decide in advance where it might be useful to seek cooperation.
A delegate should be well-versed on the topic they will be debating.
Research on the policies of other stakeholders that will be represented at the conference so that they can anticipate the arguments that might be put forward by other stakeholders.


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Selection criteria

  • Primary selection criteria

  • Secondary selection criteria

Selection criteria for members to represent the Institute at conferences
Pre-recorded video interview

We’re using automated pre-recorded interviews to pre-screen applicants. Applicants record answers to pre-recorded questions. Unlike in-person or video interviews, pre-recorded interviews are unscheduled and can be done at a time that best suits the applicant.

When reviewing the application forms and pre-recorded interviews, the Institute considers a number of primary and secondary selection criteria outlined below.
Primary selection criteria

  • The applicant is a Doctor/Ph.D. member or a Professional member of the Institute for at least one year;

  • The applicant has demonstrated experience in the fields related to a conference;

Once these primary criteria are determined, a number of secondary considerations are factored into the final selections. 
Secondary selection criteria

  • Participation in previous programmes 

  • Funding . As a rule, participants are required to fund their own participation in the conferences, except for the virtual events which are provided free of charge. 

  • Gender diversity

  • Geographical diversity

Pre-Approval, Registration and Confirmation


  • After pre-approval, you will receive a signed letter from the Institute on letterhead indicating that you are approved to represent Institut de diplomatie publique at the event.​

  • You must attach this letter for registration.

  • Once the relevant organizers have approved your application, you will receive confirmation of your participation in the conference.

After the event 
Write your post event report (event summary) and add your notes about the conference to Database for your colleagues to read and learn from!​

Establishing position papers by the Institute

Our joint work aims to develop common practical steps in planning, preparing, and publishing position papers endorsed by the Institute.

What is a Position Paper?

A position paper (PP) is a paper in which the Institute sets out its position on a set of topics. A PP is a statement on a particular aspect of knowledge by a representative group of experts in that area. 
PPs are a critical part of preparing for conferences.
As opposed to a working paper or a resolution, which are written during the conference and reflect the work and thoughts of parties working together, a PP is written previous to a conference and specifically reflects the position and actions of a single stakeholder.

For each topic, the position paper should provide a succinct policy statement representing the relevant views of stakeholders.
We should establish what the key issues are for each topic and identify and address international conventions, treaties, declarations, resolutions, and other precedents that are relevant topics.
the topic topic thus far. 
You should also include recommendations for action to be taken in addressing the topic moving forward.

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