The 20th YMCA World Council of 4-8 July 2022 was one of the largest ever. It was also the most diverse, and arguably the most forward-looking in setting a decade-long direction for the YMCA Movement. A first ever hybrid event, it gathered some 1200 people in-person in Aarhus, Denmark, and as many online.
- The adoption of a Movement-wide Vision 2030: one collective vision statement, one collective mission statement, four collective priority action areas, and 12 collective goals to turn the priorities into action at the YMCA, the community and the global level. Vision 2030 is a framework for global alignment which allows each of the 120 YMCA National Movements to go at their own pace according to their own strengths and their own communities’ needs, in pursuit of common goals.
- The launch of the implementation of Vision 2030: 35 ‘Co-Lab’ (‘collaboration laboratory’) groups met in Aarhus and 8 met online, to flesh out the 12 collective goals. The findings of the groups are now being collated and analysed. A meeting in Geneva in September 2022 will share findings and next steps.
- The admission of YMCA Kosovo as a full member of the World Alliance of YMCAs.
- The election (for the first time ever, by electronic voting incorporating in-person and online official voting delegates) of: a new President, Soheila Hayek of YMCA Lebanon; a new Deputy-President, Ronald Yam of Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong; a new Treasurer, Cici Rojas of YMCA of the USA; and 11 newly elected members of the 22-person Executive Committee which will oversee World YMCA activities in the period 2022-2026.
- A chance to reflect on four turbulent years from 2018 to 2022 – a time of Covid pandemic and more – in which the YMCA Movement journeyed together and became stronger in the process: former President Patricia Pelton and continuing Secretary General Carlos Sanvee told the story in words and film.
- A platform for addresses by keynote speaker former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and YMCA leaders from the US and Australia, as well as a forum for debate in the form of six ‘Engagement Panels’ on the topics of wellbeing, work, digitisation, climate, peace, and justice, and one ‘Engagement Plenary’ showcasing the work of the YMCA Youth Led Solutions Initiative and the Global Youth Mobilization.
- A platform for the hosts of the in-person event – the YMCA/YWCA of Denmark – to offer great support, great facilities and great friendship.
- An online event platform which offered delegates exclusive time with the Secretary General, the outgoing and incoming Presidents, and Youth Solutions Leaders. The online programme also offered a daily round-up show hosted both in person and online. The show presented more than 30 interviews, covering everything from the culture of Denmark, female leadership in the YMCA, Kosovo’s new membership, volunteerism in the YMCA, insights into the Co-Labs, the keynote speech of Ban Ki-moon, the six Engagement Panels, youth leadership and more. In addition, the voices of more than 50 other World Council delegates and leaders were captured by roaming reporters.
- A moment for a global Movement to come together again, and rediscover the passion and commitment that make it unique as the world’s oldest youth empowerment organisation, with the potential to reach some 60 million people a year.
Tuesday 5 July 2022
An engagement panel on Justice – Story, [no Film available]
Wednesday 6 July 2022
An engagement panel on Digital Equity – Story, [no Film available]
Thursday 7 July 2022
Women’s Leadership Lunch – Story
Friday 8 July 2022
The Co-Lab outcomes – Story, Film
Saturday 9 July 2022
The incoming Executive Committee holds its first meeting – Story
YMCA National General Secretaries meet – Story
And read some of the other stories of the week’s activities:
The exhibition space – Story
The Co-Lab discussions on implementing Vision 2030 – Story, Online Co-Lab highlights (screenshots, quotes and videos), online Co-Labs pledges and commitments (Track 1 and Track 2), Quotes & Themes from across the online Co-Labs
A Danish volunteer’s experience – Story
The World Council experience: A survey was sent to attendees following World Council. Evaluation
See some of the highlights from the Television Studio in the Music House in Aarhus, including the innovative and popular ‘Daily Show’ – a live event combining interviews and pre-recorded film pieces, presented by Mafe Giraldo of YMCA Colombia and Olly Tripodi of YMCA Australia – this is special and essential viewing!
See all the interviews coming out of the studio, especially the exciting work of the ‘Causenetic’ Podcast team of Rodrigua Ross and Keith Vinson from Y Dallas, USA.
…. and more, including a series of debates themed around the four Pillars of Vision 2030.