About us

Global Young Greens (GYG) is an emerging global organization supporting and consolidating the efforts of young people working towards social justice, ecological sustainability, grassroots democracy and peace. GYG is a joint project of over 90 youth organizations and hundreds of individuals, including the Federation of Young European Greens, Asia Pacific Young Greens Network, Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe, Young Volunteers for the Environment and many others.

 

Structure

GYG is a network that includes four federations (Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe) and has a total of more than 80 member organisations from all around the world. GYG’s highest decision making body is the Congress, which is held appx. every four years. In between Congresses, the Steering Committee organises the main work of GYG.

Find out more about our structures and rules on the documents page.

History

Inspired by the Global Young Greens conference of 2001, in 2005 members of the Federation of Young European Greens (FYEG), Campus Greens USA, and many young Green groups and individuals began discussing via email holding another conference. In 2006, young greens began working out of the FYEG office in Brussels and that year many wonderful people became actively involved.

In 2007, Global Young Greens was officially founded as an organization, working to change the world ever since.

ecological sustainability

Social Justice

Grassroots Democracy

Peace

Goals

Our objectives are:

  • To empower young people within the framework of participatory democracy;
  • To create a space for young people to be active without being dominated by older generations;
  • To address inequalities between organizations and individuals;
  • To forge strong links between sectors and organizations;
  • To further green principles on planet Earth.
 

More precisely, we are striving for the following principles on the local, national, as well as global level:

  • Protection and restoration of the environment and respect towards animals;
  • Sustainable, equitable and just development;
  • Social Justice;
  • Grassroots, participatory and global democracy, and in particular empowering young people to participate and build more democratic societies;
  • Peaceful and non-military conflict resolution, arms control, disarmament;
  • Gender equality and empowerment of women;
  • Inter-generational justice, in particular empowerment of youth and children;
  • Freedom from discrimination on any grounds whatsoever and equality for all;
  • Empowerment of marginalized and disadvantaged peoples;
  • Just globalization and fair trade;
  • Personal freedom on the basis of universal human rights;
  • The right of all people to self-determination, particularly indigenous people.

Activities

Our activities include finding opportunities for young people to get involved in our work, linking individuals and organizations with each other for various purposes as well as carrying on campaigns as GYG. Find out more about our activities here and here.

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