The World Alliance of YMCAs is a confederation of 119  National YMCA Movements.  

The World Alliance’s secretariat is based in Geneva, Switzerland, and is led by the Secretary General who is supported by an international staff team. World Alliance work in the areas of advocacy, global programming, capacity building, and communications, supports and strengthens National and Local YMCAs to better serve youth and communities.

The World Alliance of YMCAs’ governance structure is as follows:

The World Council of YMCAs
This is the highest decision making body of the World Alliance. The World Council meets every four years, and is responsible for setting the policies and direction of the World Alliance, electing its Officers and Executive Committee, evaluating the work of the last four years, and deliberating on priorities for the next quadrennium. 

Executive Committee
The 30 Executive Committee members, who represent a balance of age, gender and region, are elected at the World Council. The Committee meets each year to review the work, finances and personnel of the World Alliance, and is responsible for appointing the Secretary General. There are three Officers: the President, Vice President and Treasurer.

Members of the World Alliance of YMCAs
The World Alliance is accountable to its members, the affiliated National YMCA Movements.

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