The WFDYS is proud to announce that we are one of the participating organisation of International Coordination Meeting of Youth Organisations (ICMYO). The WFDYS consider this participation as an essential step in driving forward UN priorities on youth, in advocating for the interests and needs of Deaf young people and in promoting the effective participation of young people and democratic, youth led membership based organisations in global governance and in the UN system. We would like to see that the UN delivers on its commitment to Deaf young people and that youth are placed at the heart of UN programmes.

ICMYO is a network of diverse membership-based, democratic, representative and accountable International Youth NGOs (INGYOs) and Regional Youth Platforms (RYPs). ICMYO is not an organisation in itself but helps coordinate youth organisations so that young people can have a strong network and voice across the globe.

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. ICMYO achieves this by holding an annual meeting which all ICMYO participating organisations are invited to attend and by coordinating ourselves in between meetings to achieve our diverse objectives.

The next ICMYO meeting will be held at the YMCA Vanderbilt in New York, 20 – 22 September 2013.

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