United Nations

The World Alliance of YMCAs has had consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN) since 1947. The World Alliance participates actively in the Commission on the Status of Women (New York) and the Human Rights Council (Geneva) and collaborates with the following UN bodies.

YMCA speech at the United Nations (video) - July 25 - 2011

Programme of Opening plenary meeting from 10 am to 11am New York time:

Statements by:
(1) H.E. Mr. Joseph Deiss, President of the General
(2) H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General;
(3) Ms. Alek Wek, International supermodel,
humanitarian and author (UK/South Sudan); and
(4) Mr. Romulo Dantas, YMCA (Brazil)

Below full speech of Romulo Dantas :
Romulo Dantas, Youth Representative, YMCA, 2011 High-level Meeting on Youth, 110th plenary meeting

UNICEF - United Nations Children's Fund

The World Alliance has a close and active relationship with UNICEF that was formalised in March 2006 with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The aim of this MoU was to "support programmes, activities, events and networks that will enhance the development of youth leadership and the meaningful involvement of young people in creating a more just and peaceful society." It focused on 3 areas in particular:

2. Basic education and gender equality
3. Protection of children

The agreement opened new doors for National Councils of YMCAs and UNICEF country offices to work more closely together at national level. Many have already started to do so.  

In Argentina the YMCA and UNICEF co-operate closely, particularly in the promotion of youth citizenship.  Each year, YMCA Argentina and UNICEF collaborate to run youth parliaments across the country, reaching almost 8,000 young people each year.  

Other YMCAs already liaising with UNICEF to promote children's rights include Costa Rica, East Jerusalem, Lebanon, Gambia, Senegal, Thailand, Togo, and Trinidad and Tobago. 

Website: UNICEF

UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)
The World Alliance has operational relations with UNESCO whose headquarters is in Paris.

The World Alliance is able to be present at meetings of the International NGO Committee in liaison with UNESCO. The World Alliance is represented by YMCA France at UNESCO meetings relating to youth concerns in Paris.

Website: UNESCO

YEN - Youth Employment Network

The YEN is a partnership of United Nations, International Labour Organization, and World Bank. YEN was created in 2001 as a global platform to prioritise youth employment on the development agendas and to exchange on policies and programmes to improve employment opportunities for youth. The Network includes development agencies, governments, the private sector, youth groups and other non-governmental organisations (NGO).

The World Alliance has a rotating seat on the Youth Consultative Group which advises the technical experts for YEN.

Website: YEN

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