About the Big 6 Youth Organizations

Formed in 1996, the Big 6 Youth Organizations are an alliance of leading international youth-serving organizations. The ‘Big 6’ comprises the five largest youth movements in the world: Young Men’s Christian Association (World YMCA), World Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and a leading programme for youth development, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (The Award). Together, the Big 6 actively involve in excess of 250 million young people, contributing to the empowerment of more than 1 billion young people during the last century. For more information visit 

In response to the unique challenges facing young people today, and to coincide with the launch of the Global Youth Mobilization, in December 2020 the Big 6 published a policy paper: ‘Young People Championing Post-Pandemic Futures’. The paper is a joint call to action on behalf of the 250 million children and young people that make up the Big 6 Youth Organizations, and includes policy recommendations to Governments concerning education, employment, mental health and digital inclusion. Read the full report and calls to action at

About the World Health Organization

The World Health Organization provides global leadership in public health within the United Nations system. Founded in 1948, WHO works with 194 Member States, across six regions and from more than 149 offices, to promote health, keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable. Its goal for 2019-2023 is to ensure that a billion more people have universal health coverage, to protect a billion more people from health emergencies, and provide a further billion people with better health and wellbeing.

About the United Nations Foundation

The United Nations Foundation brings together ideas, people, and resources to help the United Nations drive global progress and tackle urgent problems. It collaborates for lasting change and innovates to address humanity’s greatest challenges. 

About the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund

To support the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners in their global response to COVID-19, the United Nations Foundation helped launch the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, which has raised more than $238 million for lifesaving work around the world to prevent, detect, and respond to COVID-19.