Invitation to apply to UN Calls

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


YMCA175: a message to the world

This year, to mark the 175th anniversary of YMCA, YMCA175 will bring together thousands of young leaders for a unique four-day event, the first of its kind in the organisation’s history, taking place at ExCeL London, from 4 to 8 August 2019.

Carlos Sanvee, World YMCA Secretary General, explains why this global youth event is a springboard for global change, for unity and celebration.

Connecting young leaders like never before, celebrating 175 years of YMCA and young people transforming communities, and creating positive change and new ideas to shape the future.

There’s not long left to pick up your discount early bird ticket for YMCA175, which will increase by £55 after 31st January. Register now, or apply to volunteer, at

Find out more about YMCA175 by downloading the new 20 page brochure that contains all the information you need to know.

Registration is open for Group Leaders, individuals and families. Young and senior leaders, YMCA staff and volunteers, trustees, board members, General Secretaries, supporters, retirees and associated networks are all invited to become a delegate and join YMCA175.

Organisers YMCA Europe recognise there are some movements whose delegates will require visas to enter the UK. Therefore, they will continue to hold a number of the discount tickets back for a longer period of time specifically for those movements who may register at a later date subject to successful visa applications. All tickets sales will stop on June 30th.

More than half of all tickets for YMCA175 have been available at the early bird price to make this global youth event as accessible, inclusive and equitable as possible for young leaders from around the world to attend this historic event.

Sri Lanka – Emergency Relief Appeal

Dear Friends,

You have certainly heard in the news the situation in Sri Lanka.

There have been torrential rains for two weeks during the Christmas period which have now resulted in devastating floods in the Northern part of Sri Lanka.

According to our YMCA colleagues, more than 125,000 people from nearly 40,000 families have been affected due to the heavy rains and floods in all the five districts of the Northern Province. The most affected districts are Mullaithivu, Kilinochchi, Mannar, Vavuniya and Jaffna.

We have received an appeal from the National Council of the Sri Lanka YMCA and the Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs to support the YMCA in providing assistance to the most severely affected people.

The intent is to supply the victims with clothes, medicines, water bottles and dry rations through member YMCAs.  In addition, it is planned to support 1000 students with school bags and stationery.

The total estimated amount needed for emergency support is USD 31,000.

The World Alliance of YMCAs is joining its voice to those of APAY and YMCA Sri Lanka to invite you to support the efforts of the YMCA in reaching out to the victims.

You can send your support to the following bank details:

Asia & Pacific Alliance of YMCAs
The Bank of East Asia, Limited
A/C:  015-515-20-05004-5
Swift Code : BEASHKHH

Carlos Sanvee, Secretary General, World YMCA