International NGOs and Networks

The World Alliance of YMCAs works closely with several global youth organisations and networks to ensure a strong, concerted voice for children and youth on issues affecting them.

Alliance of Youth CEOs

The World Alliance of YMCAs belongs to a group of the biggest youth organisations in the world known informally as the "BIG 6" - officially termed the Alliance of Youth Chief Executive Officers. Collectively, the network reaches over 100 million young people in over 200 countries and territories.
Besides the World Alliance of YMCAs, members of the Alliance are:

> World YWCA - World Young Women's Christian Association
> WOSM - World Organization of the Scout Movement
> WAGGGS - World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
> IFRC - International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
> IAA - International Award Association

The main goal is to work together on policy issues affecting young people. The Alliance celebrated its 10 year anniversary with a joint meeting in Geneva in June 2006.  The following documents have been produced by the Alliance of Youth CEOs:
A Call to Action. Children and Young People - Participating in Decision-Making
The Education of Young People. A Statement at the Dawn of the 21st Century
National Youth Policies. Towards an Autonomous, Supportive, Responsible and Committed Youth
Girls and Young Women in the 21st Century
Collectively, the network reaches over 100 million young people in over 200 countries and territories.

Conference of Non Governmental Organisations (CONGO)

CONGO is an independent association of NGOs that facilitates their participation in United Nations  (UN) debates and decision-making. CONGO is most active at the major UN centres of New York, Geneva and Vienna but its work stretches out to all regions of the world.CONGO was founded in 1948. Since then it has relentlessly worked to ensure that NGO voices be heard throughout the international arena.

In 2008 the World Alliance was elected to CONGO’s 19 member Board, directing its activities. The World Alliance of YMCAs is also co-chair of the CONGO Committee of Youth Organisations which promotes information sharing and networking between youth organisations.

Website: CONGO

International Coordination Meeting of Youth Organizations (ICMYO)

International Coordination Meeting of Youth Organizations (ICMYO)
ICMYO is an informal network of membership-based, democratic, representative and accountable International Youth NGOs (INGYOs) and Regional Youth Platforms (RYPs). There are 26 member organisations who meet once a year to coordinate lobbying at international level in support of young people and issues that affect them. The World Alliance of YMCAs is a member of the Task Force.

Website: ICMYO

Y's Men International

The World Alliance of YMCAs has a special relationship with Y's Men International, a service club supporting YMCAs. A world-wide fellowship of persons of all faiths working constructively together, based on the teachings of Jesus Christ, in partnership with and supporting the YMCA, its mission is to strive through active service to develop, encourage and provide leadership to build a better world for all humankind. Y's Men Clubs raise funds to support the work of YMCAs as well as to carry out their own initiatives. Y's Men International has observer status on the World Alliance of YMCA's Executive Committee, and vice versa.

Website: Y's Men International 

World YWCA

The World Alliance of YMCAs has a strong and long-standing relationship with the World YWCA. Although the two organisations are independent at world level there is close cooperation between the two; for example the annual week of prayer and world fellowship is an initiative of the two Geneva based headquarters. In several countries, including Switzerland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden, there is just one national YMCA / YWCA movement.

Website: World YWCA

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