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GYM Youth Board Representative Addresses World Leaders at World Health Summit 2022

“We (young people) are experts, we live the experience and through the Global Youth Mobilization we have seen the impact that has been brought by young people. Invest in young people with meaningful engagement!”, a clear call to action made by Global Youth Mobilization (GYM) Youth Board Representative, Helga Mutasingwa, at the opening ceremony of the 2022 World Health Summit on Sunday, 16 October in Berlin.


As the United Nations General Assembly meets for the first time in three years, education reform is at the top of the agenda. Over three days, young people, policy makers, civil society organisations, governments and leaders came together to debate, discuss, and prioritise actions as part of the Transforming Education Summit.

Presentation of Youth Declaration at the Transforming Education Summit

The Transforming Education Summit, which brought together world leaders to address the global education crises that was exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, concluded on 19 September 2022 in New York. The summit was an answer to the Our Common Agenda report, that calls for more inclusive and effective cooperation in response to arising global issues for the next 25 years. During the summit the Secretary General’ s Youth Envoy and youth activists presented the Youth Declaration that looks at the disproportionate impact of education inequity for students in low- and middle-income countries.

New international instrument on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response: contributing to the second round of public hearings – WHO

From 9 - 13 September 2022, interested parties, organizations and young people are invited to submit a video statement, in support of the upcoming public hearings with member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) for the negotiation process for the Pandemic Accord, to strengthen the global pandemic prevention, preparedness and response.

YMCA takes over Global Youth Mobilization social media channels on International Youth Day

On International Youth Day, 12 August 2022, the Global Youth Mobilization (GYM) initiative showcased how young people are working to alleviate the long-lasting impacts of the Covid pandemic, addressing the inequalities that young people face in their communities, and advocating for change through Local Solutions and National Projects. Loris Tarazi, member and volunteer at East Jerusalem YMCA and the YMCA Youth Board Representative for the Global Youth Mobilization, took over the GYM social media channels on the day. She shares her experience of the Day with us and couches it within a special message to the leaders of today from the leaders of tomorrow. 

“Intergenerational Solidarity Is the Future” – International Youth Day Blog Post

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, young people have seen rise in challenges that not only has immediate effects but also impacts their futures. Despite these challenges, one thing remains fundamentally true, young people, globally, continue to show their initiative and support to overcome the negative effects of the pandemic.

International Youth Day 2022

This year’s theme for International Youth Day is “Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages”, which will be commemorated on Friday, 12 August 2022. This theme aims to address raise awareness on the barriers of ageism and how it impacts both young and old people. As young people are at the forefront of the pandemic it is paramount that they are given us access to and part of global development strategies and mechanisms.

GYM wins prestigious Communique Award for Excellence in Healthcare Partnerships

On 7 July 2022, the Global Youth Mobilization (GYM), powered by the Big 6 Youth Organisations*, won the Excellence in Healthcare Partnerships award at the prestigious Communique Awards in London, UK. The Communique Awards celebrate the best work in healthcare initiatives and communications that achieve results and deliver successful campaigns in the healthcare sector.

We are commissioning an external evaluation of our project – can you help?

The Global Youth Mobilization (GYM) is commissioning an external evaluation to review the achievements, impact, effectiveness and efficiency of the activities and operational collaboration between the Big 6 Youth Organisations completed throughout the GYM project.

GYM and Big Six at Stockholm+50

Hosted by GYM and the Big Six, join us for this side event, Powering Change: Young People Leading the COVID-19 Response and Recovery, at Stockholm+50. The session will include a panel of young people to showcase youth-led solutions in their communities and will include a discussion with youth policy development practitioners and policy makers on lessons learned since our start in 2020.