History

On November 10, 1945 the World Youth Conference, organized in London, founded the World Federation of Democratic Youth . This historic Conference convened at the initiative of the World Youth Council which was formed during World War II to fight against fascism by the youth of the allied countries, and brought together for the first time in the history of the international youth movement representatives of more than 30 million young people of different political ideologies and religious beliefs from 63 nations. It adopted a pledge for peace and international solidarity. The World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY) is an International non-governmental organization. It has consultative status with the United Nations (ECOSOC) and operational relations with UNESCO. It was presented the Peace Messenger Award by the United Nations General Secretary in 1987. WFDY held 19 World Festival of Youth and Students since its establishment, each hosting more than 10,000 people from hundreds of organizations of tens of countries of all continents, races, religions and ethnicities of the world. WFDY spread the spirit of peace, brotherhood and international solidarity to millions of people around the world. As an anti-imperialist organization WFDY organized hundreds of missions, campaigns and activities for peace, democracy, human rights, youth rights and against war and oppression. WFDY also had a part in tens of voluntary missions to rebuild devastated places by wars and natural disasters in many countries around the world.

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Structure

The Assembly of Member Organisations

The Assembly is the supreme governing body of WFDY. It is composed of all member organizations through their direct or appointed representatives and representatives of BITEJ and International Committee of Children’s and Adolescent’s Movements as well as any other organization or association having consultative status with WFDY. Voting right in the Assembly is granted to all organizations according to their category of membership.

The Assembly of member organizations shall meet at least once every four years. The time, place and draft agenda shall be fixed by the General Council. All member organizations shall be informed of the holding of the Assembly at least three months in advance.

At the request of not less than one-third of the member organizations, or by a two-thirds majority decision of the General Council, an Extraordinary Assembly may be called.

The General Council

The General Council is the main governing body of the Federation between two Assemblies. It is the executive body to carry into effect the tasks of the WFDY as fixed by the Assembly. It is the sole body, which may speak on behalf of the Federation between the General Assemblies.

The General Council shall be composed of the members elected directly by the Assembly from the full member organisations on the basis of the proper representation of all regions for the period between two Assemblies. Its number shall not exceed one fourth of the total number of member organisations. The exact number, procedure of elections and the number of votes required to be elected is to be determined by the Assembly.

The general council shall meet not less than once a year and shall be convened by the President. Extraordinary meetings may be called by the president or at the request of two thirds of General Council members.

The Auditing Commission

The Auditing Commission shall consist of five members elected by the Assembly. It shall have its own chairman who will convene its meetings. The members of the Auditing Commission must not be members of the General Council.

The Auditing Commission shall meet regularly before the holding of the Assembly. Furthermore, the Auditing Commission may meet whenever it feels it necessary to do so, or when the President of WFDY calls for its meeting.

The Auditing Commission shall supervise the financial affairs of the Federation, and observe that the financial rules are strictly adhered to and not violated.

The Coordinating Council

The Coordinating Council coordinates and facilitates the work of the General Council.The members of the Coordinating Council shall be elected by the General Council from among its members. The Coordinating Council is elected for a two years term. Its number shall not exceed one third of the members of the General Council. The Coordinating shall not necessarily be based in the headquarters. A meeting of the Coordinating Council may be called by the President or General Secretary if there is a need for a political decision on behalf of WFDY.

The Director of SIVSAJ and the head of the Financial Department have the right to participate in the meetings of the Coordinating Council in consultative capacity.

The Regional Commissions

To coordinate the activities in the respective regions and to advise the General Council on issues related to them, depending on the decision of the member organizations of the regions, Regional Commissions of WFDY may be established. They should be the following: Commission on Africa Commission on Asia and Pacific Commission on Europe and North America Commission on Latin America and Caribbean Commission on Middle East

The Director of SIVSAJ and the head of the Financial Department have the right to participate in the meetings of the Coordinating Council in consultative capacity.

Constitution

Principles and Aims

The WFDY includes youth organization in different countries and of diverse political tendencies, religious beliefs and forms of activity which, on the basis of equality and mutual respect for their autonomy, wish to coordinate their efforts for the best satisfaction of the interest of youth and to make their contribution to the common ideas of freedom, independence, democracy, friendship, international solidarity and world peace. The WFDY considers the development of international understanding as well as cooperation between all international, regional and national youth organizations of the world as a fundamental task in contributing to the strengthening of the unity of action and international solidarity of youth, of all anti-imperialist, progressive and democratic forces, to the satisfaction of the interests of all young people, taking into account the existence of a great variety of forms of association based on national ideas, conditions and interests, and the necessity for young people to go beyond these differences and face their common problems together. The WFDY carries on political, economic and social activity and works in the field of education and culture: To contribute to the education of youth in the spirit of freedom, democracy and solidarity, to end imperialism, colonialism, and neo-colonialism, to end racist and fascist regimes, to ensure peace and security in the world by supporting all initiatives and efforts to this effect; To promote the active participation of youth in economic, social, cultural and political life, by acting against all restrictions and discriminations connected with age, sex, methods of education, domicile, property, social status, religion, political convictions, color and race, so as to ensure in all countries and for all young people full freedom of speech, of the press, of religious belief, assembly and organization; To support the struggle of youth for higher living standards, for better conditions of education, work and leisure and for development of cultural, educational and sports activities for all young people; To further the development of youth generation in the spirit of peace and international friendship and to support the noble principles of the Charter of the United Nations; As an organization representing a major part pf the young generation, to support youth’s interests via all international bodies and in affairs of international character. Wherever possible WFDY endeavors to call the attention of these bodies and of world public opinion to the problems of young people, and to encourage them to help in solving these problems

Activities

In order to achieve these aims, the WFDY operates in the following way: holding of events and carrying out of international activities, rendering assistance to initiatives taken by other organizations or in common with them, sponsoring of and practical aid to international, bilateral and national initiatives and contracts arranged by organizations in different countries, in conformity with their own situation and their own interests.