World Assembly of Youth
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World Assembly of Youth
|Motto||In Service of Youth Since 1949|
|Founded||24 August 1949|
|Headquarters||World Youth Complex, Lebuh Ayer Keroh, Ayer Keroh, 75450 Melaka, Malaysia|
|Datuk Seri Utama Ir. Idris Haron|
|Affiliations||UNAIDS UNEP ILO UNESCO UNFPA UNICEF WHO UNDP ECOSOC DPI|
The World Assembly of Youth (WAY); French: Assemblée Mondiale de la Jeunesse, Spanish: Asamblea Mundial de la Juventud is the international coordinating body of national youth councils and national youth organisations. The full members of WAY are national youth councils. WAY currently has 140 member organisations from all continents. As the international coordinating body of national youth councils, WAY has consultative status 1 with the United Nations, the highest status possible for a non-governmental organization. WAY co-operates with the UN and many of its special agencies, particularly with UNAIDS, UNEP, ILO, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNDP, and WHO.
The World Assembly of Youth recognises the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the basis of its action and services. WAY promotes the work of youth organisations in areas such as: democracy, environment, human rights, population, health, drugs, community development, leadership training, and cultural and religious tolerance. It provides opportunities for youth representatives from different countries to exchange ideas and experiences, to coordinate programme plans, and to reach a better understanding of each other's problems due to differences in racial, religious, and national backgrounds.
The regional structure of the National Youth Councils in all the continents, Asian Youth Council, European Youth Forum, Caribbean Youth Forum, Forum for the Integration of Adean Youth, Pacific Youth Council, Arab Youth Union, Pan-African Youth Union, African-Arab Youth Council, SADC Youth Movement, are consultative members.
The WAY Headquarters is located in World Youth Complex in Melaka, Malaysia having been previously established in London, Paris, Brussels, Copenhagen, and Kuala Lumpur. The organization is financed from annual membership fees and voluntary contributions from its member organisations, and has three official languages: English, French, and Spanish
- 1 History
- 2 Past leadership
- 3 Activities
- 4 Aims
- 5 Main organs
- 6 Members
- 7 Volunteer Programme
- 8 World Youth Institute
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
In 1949, an initiative was undertaken to establish a youth organisation to promote global cooperation and understanding amongst the young people of the world. Recognising the need for a universal youth organisation, youth leaders from national youth councils of all member countries of the United Nations were invited to attend an international conference in London. In August 1949, the international conference held at Westminster Hall in London established the World Assembly of Youth.
The draft charter, which had been prepared in February 1949 in Ashbridge, England, was ratified at the first official meeting of WAY in Brussels a year later. The meeting, organised by the Belgian Youth Council, was attended by more than 100 young people from 37 countries. The WAY Charter was ratified by 29 of the national youth councils present, and WAY began its work on behalf of the world youth community.
The WAY headquarters has moved throughout the years to various bases including Brussels, Paris, London and Copenhagen. In 1999, the WAY headquarters moved to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and now has finally established its headquarters building, the World Youth Complex, in Melaka, a southern state of Malaysia.
|1949 - 1952||Mr Maurice Sauvé||Canada|
|1952 - 1954||Mr Guthrie Moir||Great Britain|
|1954–1956||Mr Guthrie Moir||Great Britain|
|1956–1958||Mr Antoine Lawrence||Guinea|
|1958–1962||Mr Ravindra Varma||India|
|1962–1964||Mr Carlos Delgado||Peru|
|1964–1966||Mr Romeo Maione||Canada|
|1966–1969||Mr Alessandro Berti||Italy|
|1969–1972||Mr Peter Shiedex||Austria|
|1972–1975||Mr Thomas Sandiford||Guyana|
|1975–1982||Mr Ole Lovig Simonsen||Denmark|
|1982–1988||Mr Ole Lovig Simonsen||Denmark|
|1988–1993||Mr Ole Lovig Simonsen||Denmark|
|1993–2000||Mr Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam||Malaysia|
|2000–2005||Mr Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam||Malaysia|
|2005– 2010||Mr Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam||Malaysia|
|2010–Present||Mr Datuk Seri Ir. Idris Haron||Malaysia|
|1949 - 1952||Mr Paul Mercereau||France|
|1952 - 1954||Mr Paul Mercereau||France|
|1954 - 1956||Ms Helen M. Dale de Mestral||United Kingdom|
|1956 - 1958||Ms Helen M. Dale de Mestral||United Kingdom|
|1958 - 1962||Mr David Wirmark||Sweden|
|1962 - 1964||Mr David Wirmark||Sweden|
|1964 - 1966||Mr Carl-Axel Valén||Sweden|
|1966 - 1969||Mr Jyoti Shankar Singh||India|
|1969 - 1972||Mr Jyoti Shankar Singh||India|
|1972 - 1975||Mr Carlos Antonio Carrasco||Bolivia|
|1975 - 1982||Mr John Danquah||Ghana|
|1982 - 1988||Mr Shiv Khare||India|
|1988 - 1993||Mr Shiv Khare||India|
|1993 - 2000||Mr Heikki Pakarinen||Finland|
|2000 - 2004||Mr Donald Tinotenda Charumbira||Zimbabwe|
|2004 - 2007||Mr Donald Tinotenda Charumbira||Zimbabwe|
|2007 - 2010||Ms Ediola Pashollari||Albania|
|2010–Present||Ms Ediola Pashollari||Albania|
The World Assembly of Youth has two main tasks:
To represent its members towards international organisations and institutions and promote the work of voluntary youth organisations all over the world. WAY deals with all issues affecting youth in international, regional, and local level.
WAY organises events on global, regional, and national levels. These events are often carried out in cooperation with other international youth organisations, regional youth structures or national affiliates. WAY's representatives participate in various UN working groups and other meetings promoting youth issues and the interests of member organisations.
- Increase inter-ethnic respect and to foster inter-cultural and international understanding and cooperation.
- Facilitate the collection of information about the needs and problems of youth.
- Disseminate information about the methods, techniques and activities of youth organisations.
- Promote the interchange of ideas between youth of all countries.
- Assist in the development of youth activities and to promote, by mutual aid, the extension of the work of voluntary youth organizations.
- Cooperate in the development of national youth councils of voluntary youth organizations.
- Establish and maintain relations with the international organisations, both voluntary and governmental.
- Support and encourage the national movements of non-self governing countries in their struggle for national liberation.
- Promote tolerance, understanding, solidarity and cooperation among young men and women irrespective of race, sex, language, religion or political orientation.
- Encourage the full participation of young men and women in the development process of their countries.
- Improve the equality between young men and women.
- Promote the democratic participation of young people both in their own organisations and in the life of society as a whole.
- Act as a representative body of national youth councils to the UN and other appropriate governmental and non-governmental international bodies.
The paramount body of WAY is the General Assembly, which determines the policies and programmes of the organisation. The General Assembly is convened every four years, and votes on the admission of new members and the adoption of policies. The General Assembly also elects the officers who are charged with the responsibility of implementing WAY's programmes. The officers include the Bureau and the Executive Committee.
The Bureau consists of WAY's President and five Vice Presidents, who are elected at the General Assembly. The Bureau meets between meetings of the Executive Committee to review and supervise the work of the Secretariat.
|Datuk Seri Utama Ir. Idris Haron||President||Malaysia|
|Munkhbat Ayush||Vice President||Mongolia|
|Hussein Abdullah M. Al-Ahmed||Vice President||Yemen|
|Preye Jerome Ketebu-Brown||Vice President||Nigeria|
|Benedice Louis Sibanda||Vice President||Botswana|
|Mohamed M M Suliman||Vice President||Libya|
The Executive Committee has 13 members. The present members are of 13 different nationalities from North and South, East and West. The Executive Committee is charged with the general administration of WAY and the implementation of programmes drawn up by the General Assembly. The Executive Committee meets at least once a year.
|Sesun Jee||EXCO Member||Korea|
|Blagica Petrova||EXCO Member||Macedonia|
|Muesse Kazapua||EXCO Member||Namibia|
|Simone Phillip||EXCO Member||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Belmani Abdel Jalal||EXCO Member||Morocco|
|Leyla R. Israfilova||EXCO Member||Azerbaijan|
|Mustafa M. Radja||EXCO Member||Indonesia|
The Secretariat, headed by the Secretary General and support staff, carry out the daily work of the organisation in accordance with the guidelines established by the General Assembly and its elected bodies. The Secretariat of WAY is located in Melaka, Malaysia .
The World Assembly of Youth currently has 140 member organisations. There are four membership status granted by the Executive Committee at each General Assembly. These status are: Full, Associate, Observer, and Consultative. In accordance with Article IV and V of the WAY Charter, membership of WAY is granted as follows:
Full members of WAY are national youth councils which are representing a cross section of democratic, voluntary youth organisations in a country or territory, and which have ratified the Charter and are admitted by the Assembly by a vote of the majority of its members.
The Assembly has the power to admit national youth councils or national youth organisations, which are interested in regular co-operation with WAY, as associated members, provided that a member national youth councils of WAY does not already exist in the country in question.
Regional youth organisations with national youth councils as members may be provided consultative status. They shall be permanent invitees to the meetings of the Bureau and the Executive Committee without the right to vote.
The Executive Committee may admit international organisations, national youth councils and national youth organisations as observers, provided that a member national youth council does not exist in the country in question.
|Algeria||National Youth Organisation (Algeria)||Observer|
|Angola||National Youth Council of Angola||Full|
|Benin||Benin Association for Youth Development||Observer|
|Botswana||Botswana National Youth Council||Full|
|Burkina Faso||Youth Solidarity Association||Observer|
|Cameroon||Cameroon National Youth Council||Full|
|Comoros||National Union of Youth of Comoros||Full|
|Congo||Forum for Youth Development||Observer|
|Congo DR||Congolese Association for Youth Development||Observer|
|Ethiopia||Ethiopia Youth League||Observer|
|Gambia||National Youth Council of Gambia||Full|
|Ghana||National Youth Council of Ghana||Full|
|Guinea Bissau||National Youth Council of Guinea Bissau||Full|
|Ivory Coast||Federation of Movements and Associations of Youth and Children of Ivory Coast||Full|
|Kenya||Kenya Association of Youth Organisations||Full|
|Lesotho||Lesotho Youth Federation||Full|
|Libya||National Organisation of Libyan Youth||Full|
|Madagascar||Madagascar Ecumenical Network of Youth and Students||Observer|
|Mali||Malian Movement for Youth Promotion||Full|
|Mauritius||National Youth Council of Mauritius||Full|
|Morocco||Youth Workers of Morocco||Observer|
|Mozambique||Organization of Mozambican Youth||Associate|
|Namibia||National Youth Council of Namibia||Full|
|Nigeria||National Youth Council of Nigeria||Full|
|Rwanda||Rwanda National Youth Council||Full|
|Senegal||National Youth Council of Senegal||Full|
|Seychelles||Seychelles People's Progressive Front Youth League||Observer|
|Sierra Leone||Sierra Leone Federation of Youth Organisations||Full|
|Somalia||Somalia Youth Council||Full|
|South Africa||South Africa Youth Council||Full|
|Sudan||General Sudanese Students Union||Observer|
|Swaziland||Swaziland National Youth Council||Full|
|Tanzania||Youth Council of Tanzania||Associate|
|Tunisia||National Union of Youth Organisations||Associate|
|Uganda||Uganda National Youth Council||Full|
|Western Sahara||Sahrawi Youth Union||Observer|
|Zambia||National Youth Development Council of Zambia||Full|
|Zimbabwe||Zimbabwe Youth Council||Full|
|Bangladesh||National Youth and Social Welfare Council||Full|
|Bhutan||Bhutan Youth Development Association||Associate|
|Brunei||Brunei Youth Council||Full|
|Cambodia||Cambodian Youth Development Center||Associate|
|China||All China Youth Federation||Observer|
|East Timor||East Timor National Youth Organisations||Full|
|India||Indian Committee of Youth Organisations||Full|
|Indonesia||National Youth Committee of Indonesia||Full|
|Iraq||General Federation of Iraqi Youth||Full|
|Jordan||National Union of Jordanian Youth||Full|
|Korea||National Council of Youth Organisations in Korea||Full|
|Kuwait||Public Authority for Youths and Sports||Observer|
|Malaysia||Malaysian Youth Council||Full|
|Mongolia||Mongolian Youth Federation||Full|
|Nepal||Social Youth Council of Nepal||Full|
|Pakistan||All Pakistan Youth Federation||Full|
|Philippines||National Youth Commission||Observer|
|Singapore||Peoples Association Youth Movement||Observer|
|Sri Lanka||National Youth Services Council of Sri Lanka||Full|
|Syria||Syrian Youth Union||Observer|
|Thailand||Thailand National Council of Youth and Child Development||Full|
|Vietnam||Vietnam Youth Federation||Observer|
|Yemen||Yemen Youth General Union||Full|
|UAE||Emirates National Students Union||Observer|
|Anguilla||Anguilla National Youth Council||Full|
|Bahamas||Bahamas National Youth Council||Full|
|Barbados||Barbados Youth Development Council||Full|
|Belize||Belize National Youth Council||Full|
|Dominica||National Youth Council of Dominica||Full|
|Guyana||Georgetown Youth Leaders Council||Full|
|Jamaica||National Youth Council of Jamaica||Full|
|Montserrat||Montserrat National Youth Council||Full|
|Puerto Rico||Youth Organisation Council of Puerto Rico||Full|
|Sao Tome and Principe||National Alliance of YMCAs||Observer|
|Saint Kitts||St. Kitts National Youth Council||Full|
|Suriname||Suriname National Youth Assembly||Full|
|Trinidad and Tobago||Trinidad and Tobago Youth Council||Full|
|Albania||Albanian Youth Federation||Observer|
|Armenia||National Youth Council of Armenia||Full|
|Czech Republic||National Youth Council of Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia||Full|
|Croatia||Croatia National Youth Council||Full|
|Germany||German National Committee for International Youth Work||Full|
|Greece||National Council of Hellenic Youth Organisations||Full|
|Latvia||National Youth Council of Latvia||Full|
|Luxembourg||National Youth Council Luxembourg||Full|
|Macedonia||Youth Council of Macedonia||Full|
|Norway||Norwegian Children and Youth Council||Full|
|Poland||Polish Youth Council||Associate|
|Portugal||Youth Institute of Portugal||Observer|
|Russia||National Youth Council of Russia||Observer|
|Turkey||Youth Activities Services||Observer|
|United Kingdom||British Youth Council||Full|
|Argentina||National Youth Council of Argentina||Full|
|Bolivia||National Council of Bolivian Youth||Full|
|Chile||National Youth Council of Chile||Full|
|Colombia||National youth Committee of Colombia||Full|
|Cuba||Union of the Young Communist League||Observer|
|El Salvador||National Youth Council of El Salvador||Full|
|Ecuador||International Youth House of Ecuador||Full|
|Guatemala||Guatemala Youth Development Committee||Associate|
|Mexico||Mexican Institute of Youth||Observer|
|Nicaragua||National Youth Council of Nicaragua||Full|
|Paraguay||Paraguay Youth and Students Hostel Association||Observer|
|Peru||National Council of Peruvian Youth||Full|
|Australia||Australian Youth Policy and Action Coalition||Full|
|Cook Islands||Cook Islands National Youth Council||Full|
|Fiji||Fiji National Youth Council||Full|
|Niue||Niue National Youth Council||Full|
|Papua New Guinea||National Youth Service||Full|
|Solomon Islands||Solomon Islands National Youth Congress||Full|
|Tonga||Tonga National Youth Congress||Full|
|Vanuatu||Vanuatu National Youth Council||Full|
|Western Samoa||Western Samoa National Youth Council||Full|
|Canada||Canada World Youth||Full|
|USA||Youth Network Council||Full|
|Sudan||African-Arab Youth Council||Consultative|
|Malaysia||Asian Youth Council||Consultative|
|Syria||Arab Youth Union||Consultative|
|Brazil||Caribbean Youth Forum||Consultative|
|Belgium||European Youth Forum||Consultative|
|Brazil||Forum for the Integration of Andean Youth||Consultative|
|Fiji||Pacific Youth Council||Consultative|
|Algeria||Pan-African Youth Union||Consultative|
|South Africa||Southern African Community Development Youth Movement||Consultative|
The World Assembly of Youth has established a volunteers programme that seeks to develop a dedicated corps of young people who will be willing to assist in WAY programmes and activities around the world.
World Youth Institute
WAY established the World Youth Institute (WYI), with main function as a vehicle for education and training of young people around the world. The World Youth Institute is geared to be a leading institution for empowerment and capacity building through education, training, and development programmes.
- World Federation of Democratic Youth
- International Student Conference
- International Union of Students
- WAY Charter, 2005
- Official site
- World Assembly of Youth's electronic group - firstname.lastname@example.org