ICMYO's formalization process

Christopher Dekki, as formal liaison between ICMYO and UN Headquarters.

For a long time, there have been calls for our network of some of the oldest, most storied youth--‐led organizations to create a more formalized structure. It has become clear to us that our loosely organized network prevents us from becoming even more central to the youth work of the UN and other intergovernmental bodies. That is why, as per the ICMYO


The International Coordination Meeting of Youth Organisations (ICMYO) gathers membership-based, democratic, representative and accountable International Youth NGOs (INGYOs) and Regional Youth Platforms (RYPs). The main objectives of ICMYO are the strengthening of the cooperation among youth organisations at the regional and global levels and the coordination of political inputs to global youth policy processes.

The main goals are:

  • To exchange information and best practices.
  • To become stronger and overcome individual limitations (Financial, geographic…).
  • To influence political processes and decisions of international institutions working/impacting youth issues.
  • To work together in our common thematic priorities.
  • To increase our access to international institutions working/impacting on youth issues.
  • To share information about ongoing global youth issues and processes.