The World Federation of Democratic Youth has more than 180 member organisations in more than 100 countries. It organises and takes part in regular international campaigns and day’s of action such as the campaign against an EU army, the solidarity campaign “Freedom & Justice to Palestine”, the international days of solidarity action with the KSM, the international campaign to free the Miami five and many more. The work of WFDY in each country is carried out by its member organisations and by the structures of WFDY such as the General Council and Co-ordinating Council elected by the WFDY Assembly. WFDY is an international NGO which has consultative status with the United Nations (ECOSOC) and an operational relationship with UNESCO.
To learn more about WFDY, its campaigns and history go to www.wfdy.org
THE HISTORY OF WFDY
On November 10, 1945 the World Youth Conference, organised in London (at which the YCL was present), 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 2, to fight against fascism, by the youth organisations in the allied countries, 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.
“We pledge that we shall remember this unity, forged in this month, November 1945
Not only today, not only this week, this year, but always
Until we have built the world we have dreamed of and fought for
We pledge ourselves to build the unity of youth of the world
All races, all colors, all nationalities, all beliefs
To eliminate all traces of fascism from the earth
To build a deep and sincere international friendship among the peoples of the world
To keep a just lasting peace
To eliminate want, frustration and enforced idleness
We have come to confirm the unity of all youth, salute our comrades who have died-and pledge our word that skilful hands, keen brains and young enthusiasm shall never more be wasted in war”
We hold that the democratic and progressive traditions of WFDY strengthen our determination to continue to strive for a better world in which humanity will fully emancipate itself. In this collective effort the youth will be the vanguard, will remain at the forefront, for as long as it takes, in order to realise our vision.