Invitation to apply to UN Calls

Date: 21 January 2019

The World Alliance is changing how we engage and is represented in the United Nations processes from 2019. We are launching two calls for Applications for YMCA leaders throughout the Movement.

Note: All applicants must have the approval of their National Movement/NGS

Contact person:
Adi Davies
Programme Secretary

Dear Friends,

It gives me great pleasure to invite your young leaders to represent the World YMCA at the United Nations in New York, USA. The 8th Annual Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum takes place at a critical point in time as the world is working to address the disadvantages of the current trends in globalization, which are not sufficiently sustainable or inclusive. It will address the theme, “Empowered, Included and Equal”, which is aligned with the theme of ECOSOC and the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) which focuses on inclusion and equality in 2019.

Please see below for the two calls.

ECOSOC Youth Forum 2019 – April 8-9 2019 (One Time Participation)

This is a follow up to the communication sent out in November 2018, to extend the deadline for one-time participation.

World YMCA would like to invite you to join our United Nations delegation for the 2019 Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum in New York on April 8-9. This is a one-time event for young leaders to have the opportunity to engage with UN officials, government representatives and other delegates while exchanging ideas and recommendations on issues important to young people.

“Empowering young people is our mission,” former delegate Razvan-Victor Sassu of YMCA Romania said. “[ECOSOC is] an important step both in directly listening to young people and their representatives, as well as sending an underlying message that young people are starting to matter in policy discussions.”
More Information: Click here

Deadline for applications is 8th February
Apply via email to:

ECOSOC Youth Forum 2019 Concept Note: Click here

UN Advocacy Group (2 Year Commitment)
Join the new United Nations Advocacy Group and be part of the World YMCA team determined to give young people a voice across the globe.

This is a new initiative which will see members attend the ECOSOC in 2019 & 2020. It requires a two year commitment with training, representation, connection into other UN activities globally and regionally. We will also focus on the YMCA work towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For more information on the UN Advocacy Group please read this document

More Information: Click here

Deadline for applications is 8th February.
Fill the Online Application Form at: Click here

The World Alliance of YMCA’s will soon mark 72 years since it has received its United Nations ECOSOC accreditation, we will continue to represent and share young people’s voices and concerns on a global level.

If you have any questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Carlos Sanvee
Secretary General