Invitation to IUSY Global Seminar 2016

IUSY Global Seminar 2016 – the future of global social democracy

14-17 July 2016 – Gothenburg, Sweden

What:                      Political gathering for leadership members of IUSY MOs and SSU districts
When:                     14-17 July 2016
Where:                    Gothenburg, Sweden
Age:                         16-35 years
Size:                         1 participant per IUSY member organisation or SSU district
Deadline:                Sunday 12 June 2016 (23:59 CET)

Participant profile

Each IUSY member organisation may send one participant and each SSU district may send one participant to the seminar. These persons should hold a leadership position in their respective organisation/district, as they must be able to take back what they have gained from the seminar to their organisation/district and use the outcomes to enact change nationally or regionally.

How to apply

Participants must apply through the online registration forms by Sunday 12 June 2016 at 23:59 CET. There are separate application forms for IUSY member organisations and SSU districts.

Follow this link to complete the registration form for IUSY member organisations.

Follow this link to complete the registration form for SSU districts.

IUSY member organisations can only get one application approved after sending in application. SSU districts are only able to send one participant each. Therefore it is essential that organisations and districts agree who will be the participant rather than allowing multiple members to apply.

More information

You can view the detailed information by following this link to the full invitation. 

You can join the Facebook page for the IUSY Global Seminar 2016 here.

IUSY World Council 2015- An Equal World Is Possible

Dear Comrades,


We have the pleasure of inviting you to the forthcoming:




– An Equal World Is Possible

Yerevan, Armenia – 7th May to 10th May 2015


“Peace is something more than the absence of war, although some nations would be thankful for that alone today. A durable and equitable peace system requires equal development opportunities for all nations.”

    – Willy Brandt


2015 is an important year for the future of international development. The UN Special Summit on Sustainable Development, the UN Climate Change Conference, and the European Year for Development are just a few landmarks that will outline the work of the international community on the struggle for peace, equality and sustainable development in the upcoming years.


It is also the time for us to discuss together the challenges of today and tomorrow in order to propose our solutions for a more equal and fair world. Together we will make an equal world for all possible!


Please make sure to save this date. More information will follow in a few days.


We are looking forward to meeting you all again to enjoy both: fun and politics. Our hosting organization, AYF in Armenia, is happy to welcome you all in Yerevan.


With Socialist Regards,


Felipe Jeldres             Evin Incir                                 Sarkis Megerdichian

IUSY President          IUSY Secretary General       AYF Secretary General

UYD 2014: Our Future Our Say!

In the framework of the 15th University on Youth and Development, from the 21st till the 28th of September YES and IUSY gathered European organizations in Mollina and took the chance of this event for a week of training, learning and political debates.

The University on Youth and Development is a space aim at taking affirmative action in Global Youth Cooperation. It is jointly organised by the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe, the Spanish Government (INJUVE), the European Youth Forum (YFJ), the Spanish Youth Council (CJE) and other international youth organisations. Since its first edition in 2000, the University takes place once a year bringing together representatives of youth organisations and youth movements from all over the world who gather in the CEULAJ (Euro-Latin-American Youth Centre) to discuss, train and be trained as well as to take political action around the main issues on the global agenda. 

The topic of this year’s edition was “Youth Opportunities” and IUSY/YES participated in the programme with a training activity titled: “Advocating our space in the post-2015 agenda: our future, our say” Following the 2012 Summit Rio+20 and the new focus on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) IUSY and YES believe that our organizations should play a greater role in following up the Post-2015 agenda. While we consider sustainability goals and a higher focus on environmental protection as well as climate change to be crucial and essential for human well being, our organizations should also be strong and advocate in this process that this should not lead to reduced, lowered or fading efforts to eradicate poverty completely.

The group developed a deeper understanding on youth advocacy in the global agenda and were provided with tools and practices to be more influential when putting forward their political demands. At the same time – in the context of the University and in connection to other partner organizations – the group developed a better understanding of their belonging to a wider global youth movement, beyond their political affiliation. They also developed a proposal for a global campaign in the framework of the post-2015 agenda.

This activity was jointly organized by the Young European Socialists (YES) and the International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY) with the support of the Progressive Alliance (PA)

IUSY World Festival 2014


A week of friends, fun and politics – that is the promise the IUSY World Festival holds. This year about 1000 young activists from around the world came together on the beautiful Island of Malta.  It was an unforgettable week at the IUSY World Festival 2014 in Malta. We engaged in discussions, we experienced international solidarity, we made new friends and we did not forget about the fun. We left the Festival with new motivation, new inspiration and also a lot of new friendships.

Our thanks go to the Maltese comrades from FZL Malta 
who were a great host for the socialist youth from around the world.

We will never forget!

22nd of July 2011 was a day we will never forget. Our comrades of AUF in Norway were brutally attacked during their summer camp in Utøya where 69 activists died. They were ruthlessly attacked and murdered by racism and the hatred it brought with it. One person might have conducted the terrorist attack, but a whole ideology is responsible for it.

As Socialist, Social Democrats and Labour Youth Organizations our struggle for a world of freedom, democracy, equality and social justice will continue until the day we reach it. The hatred and fear Racism, Fascism and Xenophobia are trying to spread, will never succeed. The human urge for equality and freedom is our antidote and it will ensure a peaceful world.

We will never be afraid. We will continue to organize ourselves and to make sure that we are many together walking hand in hand in the struggle. Silence is the best friend of evil. During this time when right wing extremism is growing, it is especially important that we firmly stand up against it. Only when we are many and we unite our voices; freedom, equality and human dignity will prevail.

We will remember our comrades forever. Their struggle is our struggle. And the struggle continues.


IUSY Study Session – Call for participants

» Application Form                                      » Open Call



5-12 October 2014, European Youth Centre Strasbourg

All over Europe and the world young people are increasingly understanding that their future is in jeopardy – mainly due to the economical and political situation that is contributing in the first place to the decrease of their educational and career possibilities. Especially during times of crisis as experienced all over Europe these days, abuses and disrespect of labour rights have been affecting young people in particular. With youth unemployment and labour issues being one of the most prevalent problems for youth in Europe today, this Study Session specifically aims to work on this political challenge and bring the momentum of taking action back to the youth.

As a part of our short- and long-term action plan, IUSY is currently developing new approaches to assure broader inclusion of young people in the activities of our global youth movement and to become more open for linking up with other civil society movements as allies and sources of joint inspiration in our common struggles

We encourage you to disseminate this call for participants among the members of your organizations who would fit in the profile of the targeted participants for this study session. Please keep in mind that applications’ deadline is 4th August 2014.

Please do not hesitate to contact IUSY Secretariat if you have any further questions.

Respect the Kurdish Will for Independence

A few years ago, 2010/2011, a democratic and peaceful Middle East and North Africa seemed to be in sight. The people in the region had had enough with authoritarian regimes and went to the streets to show that peoples urge for peace, freedom and dignity would always prevail over dictators and oppressive regimes’ stranglehold over the people. The revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt were seen as a sign of hope and peace from all over the world. The gained self-confidence spread rapidly to people in the whole region.    

Now three years later, we sadly see a region in chaos where extremists have gained power and the democratic and peaceful forces are caught in-between extremist organizations on one side and authoritarian regimes on the other. One of the groups in the region that have  long suffered from a polarized region is the Kurds.

The Kurdish region in Iran is said to be one of the world’s most closed areas, second only to North Korea. The Kurdish people’s situation in Iran has during the whole 19th century been marked by armed conflicts between Kurdish groups fighting for self-determination and the Iranian regime. To this day, violence and the violation of human rights are part of everyday life for those who in any way are committed to the Kurdish cause in Iran. On a regular basis, people are reported dead as a result of the armed conflict in the region. The Iranian regime has also drawn up death lists of politically active Kurds who are prosecuted as either a threat to national security or “enemies of god”. These lists often contain names of young people who are not given a fair trial. We young Socialists and Social Democrats condemn all executions of young political activists that occur in Iran and demand abolishment of all death lists.

Around  2 million Kurds live in Syria today. Approximately 200 000 of them lived stateless for decades. It is a consequence of when 100 000 Kurds were deprived of their citizenship in the 1960s. To further add to the plight of the Kurdish people in Syria, with or without citizenship, the Syrian regime issued decree 49 in 2008. The decree restricted the sale and ownership of property to Kurds, forcing them to flee in search of a decent life. During the last years the situation has come to change since the revolution against Bashar al-Assad’s oppressing and authoritarian regime started. The Kurds are being attacked both by the regime and by some parts of the rest of the opposition. IUSY supports the Kurds struggle for peace, equality and diversity, and in line with this supports the proclamation of a Kurdish autonomy that would make it possible for them to enjoy democracy and their fundamental human rights.

Furthermore, in Turkey, the Kurdish people – along with a number of other minorities – are affected by the Turkish state policy of assimilation that has been taking place since the founding of the Turkish state. The policies have struck hard against all minorities. Until 2000 it was, for instance, forbidden to publish newspapers and produce radio programs in minority languages, depriving minorities of some of their most basic human rights. The Turkish state has also conducted military operations against Kurdish cities such as Lice, where acts of extreme violence have forced out Kurds from their homes and often resulted in massacres. The Turkish constitution must be democratized to stop the discrimination of citizens in the country who are of different ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds and to grant them equal rights. Also the Kurds will for self-determination must be respected.

However, there are “success stories” of Kurdistan. In the southern part of Kurdistan (northern part of Iraq), a young and fledgling democracy, with free elections, is taking root. The Kurdish region is relatively peaceful in an Iraq and a Middle East otherwise affected by violence and conflicts. But we have to actively monitor the development in the region, show our interest by giving praise when it is due as well as demands. We should nevertheless not forget that the Kurds in Iraq have also been hit hard by oppression. The circumstances surrounding Saddam Hussein’s plan to eliminate Kurds during the war between Iran and Iraq in the 1980s is a particularly frightening example.

Due to the recent events in the Middle East, not at least in Iraq, a serious discussion among the Kurdish population on an independent and free Kurdish state in Northern Iraq has come to take place. The future of a people must be in the hands of those people, no one else. The self-determination principle is essential and must always be respected when it concerns a people living under oppression and all other options have failed. We therefore see positive on formation of an independent Kurdistan that embraces diversity, democracy and equality for all people in the geographical area.    

By Felipe Jelres (IUSY President) & Evin Incir (IUSY Secretary General)
Published on BAS NEWS