YMCA at the International Labor Organisation Conference 2012

Date: 23 May 2012

Starting on 23rd May, the World Alliance of YMCAs will attend several meetings organized by the International Labor Organisation.

First, a youth forum will take place, where 100 young leaders from different parts of the world will meet for three days to discuss the challenges facing young people in the area of employment. Liam Preston, from the YMCA in England, will be the official delegate at the conference together with Romulo Dantas, from the W.A.Y staff team.

Once more, the YMCA will speak at the opening ceremony of an important event and will share the podium with the ILO Director General on May 23rd , at 9h00.

On the following days and throughout the month of June, the International Labor Conference will bring together Governments, Employers and Employee’s representatives to design strategies for ILO for the upcoming years. On June 6th, 14h00, YMCA will adress the ILO plenary to reinforce its advocacy goals.

Together with the participating organisations of ICMYO – International Coordination Meeting of Youth Organisations, the YMCA will lead advocacy efforts to influence the outcome document of both conferences. The YMCA strives for partnerships with ILO to support youth employment programmes worldwide, to establish a network to foster decent work for young people and for the ILO to nominate a youth adviser in order to respond organically to the needs of the youth.

The advocacy work will consist of promoting the three points mentioned above with the different delegations during both conferences. Side meetings with governments, employees and employers representatives will take place during all possible moments.

YMCAs around the world have together more than 357,000 young people in employment programmes. The experiences will be presented at the conferences at different opportunities in order create necessary visibility for future partnerships on the programmatic area.

Watch below:
Romulo Dantas, World Alliance  of YMCAs at ILO – 101st Session – June 2012