Today, 24th August 2015, we, at the World Assembly of Youth (WAY), celebrate the 66th year anniversary of our founding as well as appreciation of the 66 years of determined journey and dedication in serving youth worldwide.
History has it, founded in 1949, WAY has been well known as international coordinating body of national youth councils and youth organisations, working devotedly for the promotion of young people and youth organisations in different programme areas such as youth employment, environment, human rights, democracy, population, health, drugs, community development and leadership training. WAY has a general consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and work together with several agencies of United Nations including UNEP, UNICEF and UNAIDS.
More than six decades of its existence, WAY currently has 140 members from all continents of the world. Having such large network, it is now even more promising for WAY to realise its aim of unlocking youth potential and tackling youth issues with cooperation and support from all of its vigorous members.
In line with that, we have highlighted several relevant aims in assisting the collection of information on the needs and problems of youth from all around the world; promoting the interchange of ideas amongst them; supporting in the development of youth activities; and encouraging full and inclusive participation of young people in their countries’ developmental process. Sixty-six years in continuously carrying out such purposes, we, at WAY, promise to always bestow our fullest efforts for the betterment of young people worldwide.
As our way forward approach, we have been coming out with strategies which are and shall be implemented to be in line with our fourth Millennium Plan of Actions that were specially designed to provide constructive progression towards sustainable development of young people and the societies.
As we celebrate our sixty-six birthday, we wish for the endless support from our members, volunteers, stakeholders, young people and the global community at large. Let us work together, joining our hands, side-by-side, in providing young people with the opportunities and platforms which not only fully develop their potential but also flourish their characters and inspirations.