The Chief Executive Officers of the world’s largest youth organisations and movements have joined forces to work together, learning and sharing as peers - focused on the positive development of young people around the world.
The Alliance of Youth CEOs is made up of the five largest youth movements in the world comprising IFRC, WOSM, WAGGGS, YMCA and YWCA, and a leading international organisation offering programmes for youth development, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation.
The Alliance of Youth CEOs comprises the Chief Executive Officers. Currently they are:
- Johan Vilhelm Eltvik, Secretary General – World Alliance of Young Men’s Christian Associations (YMCA)
- Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, General Secretary – World Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA)
- Ahmed Alhendawi, Secretary General – World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM)
- David Coe, WAGGGS, Chief Executive Officer – World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS)
- Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General – International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
- John May, Secretary General – The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation
The Alliance of Youth CEOs first met in 1996 to share programme ideas and strategies concerning key issues facing young people. The group has always maintained an informal structure with no statutes or chairperson, meeting twice a year.
The network has produced a number of publications, many in cooperation with other organisations:
"The Education of Young People. A Statement at the Dawn of the 21st Century"“ (1997)
"National Youth Policies – A working document from the point of view of non-formal education youth organizations: Towards an autonomous supportive, responsible and committed youth" (1999)
"Girls and Young Women in the 21st Century – A Call to Action" (2001)
"Children and Young People participating in Decision-Making" (2005)
"Climate Change – Take Action Now"(2009)
With ten million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from 145 countries across the world, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) is the largest voluntary movement dedicated to girls and young women in the world.
WAGGGS supports girls and young women to develop their full potential as responsible citizens of the world and focuses on leadership development and active citizenship. This is done through innovative global education and community and advocacy programmes.
WAGGGS delivers a well-established, unique values-based approach to non-formal learning that is international and intergenerational. Girls and young women develop life skills through self-development, challenge and adventure.
WOSM and WAGGGS enjoy a special relationship, having the same founder, and the organisations work together in an atmosphere of friendship and mutual respect. The WOSM-WAGGGS Consultative Committee, with representatives from both organisations, meets on a regular basis.
Many National Scout Organizations, called Member Organizations in WAGGGS, are SAGNOs (Scout And Guide National Organizations) and members of both WOSM and WAGGGS.
For more information, visit the WAGGGS website.
The International Coordination Meeting of Youth Organizations (ICMYO) is an informal network of international youth NGOs and regional youth platforms.
The main objective of ICMYO is to strengthen the cooperation among youth organisations at regional and global levels and coordinate political inputs to global youth policies. ICMYO meets at least once a year.
The following international and regional organisations are members of ICMYO:
International youth organisations:
- AIESEC – International Association of Student of Economics and Commerce
- CPLP Youth Forum
- Espacio Iberoamericano de Juventud
- FIMCAP – International Federation of Catholic Parochial Youth Movements
- GYG – Global Young Greens
- ITUC – International Trade Union Confederation
- IFLRY – International Federation of Liberal Youth
- IFM/SEI – International Falcon Movement – Socialist Educational International
- IFMSA – International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations
- IFRC – International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
- IMCS – International Movement of Catholic Students (Pax Romana)
- IUSY – International Union of Socialist Youth
- IYCS – International Young Catholic Students
- IYDU – International Young Democrat Union
- MIJARC- International Movement of Catholic Rural and Agricultural Youth
- WAGGGS – World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
- World Esperanto Youth Organisation
- WFDY – World Federation of Democratic Youth
- WFD– World Federation of the Deaf
- WOSM – World Organization of the Scout Movement
- WSCF – World Student Christian Federation
- YMCA – World Alliance of YMCAs
- YWCA – World Young Women’s Christian Association
Regional Youth Platforms:
- ASA – Asian-Pacific Students and Youth Association
- AYC – Asian Youth Council
- CFY – Caribbean Federation of Youth
- FLAJ – Foro Latinoamericano de Juventud/Latin American Youth Forum
- PYC – Pacific Youth Council
- UPJ/PYU – Union Panafricaine de la Jeunesse/Pan-African Youth Union
- YFJ – European Youth Forum
For more information, visit the ICMYO website.
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), formerly the World Wildlife Fund, is a global environmental conservation organisation. The mission statement of WWF is to stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by:
- Conserving the world's biological diversity
- Ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable
- Promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.
WWF's work falls in the following fields:
- Climate Change
WWF often partners with the local community, civil society organisations or the corporate sector to accomplish its goals. One of the biggest campaigns that Scouting takes part in is Earth Hour (promoted by WWF), an annual global manifestation for the environment.
WWF and WOSM jointly created the Panda Badge (or World Conservator Badge) several decades ago that became a huge hit amongst millions of Scouts who earned the badge. This was the only instance in which WWF has had a co-branding of its logo with an external organisation. In 2011, WWF featured Scouting in its 50th anniversary reporting on the successful collaboration on the conservation badge.
For more information, visit the WWF website.
Earth Hour is a global movement uniting people to protect the planet. Towards the end of March every year, Earth Hour brings together communities from across the world celebrating a commitment to the planet by switching off lights for one designated hour.
Earth Hour is one of the largest movements for the planet in human history, spanning 7,000 cities in 152 countries, with a digital reach of 200 million people. Earth Hour is much more than a symbolic action of switching off lights for an hour; it’s a continuous movement driving actions, big and small, that are changing the world we live in.
All Scouts have an opportunity to be part of this global initiative by turning off their lights and taking part in activities that demonstrate their concern for global warming. You can be involved as an individual, with your family and friends, as a Scout Group or as part of your local community.
Earth Hour 2016 will be held on Saturday 19 March between 8.30 and 9.30 PM (in your local time zone). For more information, visit the Earth Hour website.