First and foremost, World Scouting is a youth organisation. Its programmes, priorities and policies reflect the needs and interests of young people. Oftentimes, it is beneficial for World Scouting to collaborate with youth platforms. Not only do these organisations share common goals with the Scouts, but their additional support can allow World Scouting to achieve objectives which they would be unable to do alone.
World Scouting together with the other world-wide youth organisations form the Alliance of Youth CEOs.
This alliance is represented by the Chief Executive Officers of the following organisations:
- YMCA (World Alliance of YMCAs)
- YWCA (World Young Women's Christian Association)
- WOSM (World Organization of the Scout Movement)
- WAGGGS (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts)
- IFRC (International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies)
- IAA (International Award Association)
The Alliance celebrated its 10 year anniversary with a joint meeting at the International Federation Secretariat in Geneva in June 2006.
The International Coordination Meeting of Youth Organizations (ICMYO) is an informal network of membership-based, democratic, representative and accountable International Youth NGOs (INGYOs) and Regional Youth Platforms (RYPs).
The International Council on National Youth Policy (ICNYP) is an international non-profit organization of an intergovernmental, non-governmental and expert nature dedicated to national youth policy. ICNYP began as a follow-up to the the 1998 World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth in Lisbon. The objectives of ICNYP are: