Almost two months ago, we were at the 20th YMCA World Council. The highlight of the event was not just the Movement-wide adoption YMCA Vision 2030, but the start of its implementation through three days of ‘Co-Lab’ debates, in Aarhus and online. I have seen the initial findings of those debates – recommendations for action in the 12 goals which flesh out the four key pillars of impact of Vision 2030 – and I’m very excited.
And now, we are all about planning and implementing our collective roadmap.
The Co-Labs were just the start: World YMCA is hosting a planning meeting in Switzerland towards the end of this month, and by end-October we will present our approach to our new Executive Committee.
So our journey towards 2030 has begun. Vision 2030 itself is an enormous opportunity: remember that we are writing a new story that can affect the lives of 1.8 billion young people in the world.
That’s why we said several times at World Council that ‘the world needs the YMCA, and the YMCA needs Vision 2030’.
On we go! Thank you as always for journeying with us.
Carlos Sanvee, World YMCA Secretary General