International Federation of Liberal Youth

International Federation of Liberal Youth
President Netherlands Pauline Kastermans (JD)
Treasurer Canada Danylo Korbabicz (YLC)
Secretary General Norway Tone Bjørndal (NUV)
Founded 1947/1979
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
International affiliation Liberal International[1]
European affiliation European Youth Forum

The International Federation of Liberal Youth (IFLRY) is an international liberal youth organization. It consists of a global membership of national youth organizations. These are often but not exclusively affiliated with political parties that are members of Liberal International.

IFLRY holds full member status to Liberal International[2] and the European Youth Forum (YFJ)[3] which operates within the Council of Europe and European Union areas and works closely with both these bodies. Since 2014 IFLRY has held special consultative status to ECOSOC.[4] IFLRY also holds observer status to UNFCCC,[5] and has sent delegations to COP since COP15 in Copenhagen in 2009.


IFLRY continues the tradition of two predecessors. The first was the World Federation of Liberal and Radical Youth (WFLRY), founded in 1947 in Cambridge, United Kingdom. WFLRY aimed to be a global organization, but mostly had active members in Europe. This led in 1969 to the separate forming of the European Federation of Liberal and Radical Youth (EFLRY). WFLRY was dissolved in 1978.

In 1979, at the EFLRY 6th Congress in Silkeborg, Denmark, EFLRY renamed itself IFLRY International Federation of Liberal and Radical Youth. This marked the start of a global expansion of the organization. The 6th Congress is thus recognized as the founding congress of IFLRY.[6]

In 2001, the organization was renamed into IFLRY – International Federation of Liberal Youth.


IFLRY's highest body is the General Assembly, which meets at least every year. It adopts IFLRY's political platform, the Manifesto, and decides about IFLRY's activities. These are stated in a two-year Programme of Action. The General Assembly also decides on the federation's policies by adopting resolutions. Furthermore, the General Assembly elects the Bureau and decides upon the budget.

The Executive Committee is composed of one representative from each member organisation and the Bureau. It meets twice a year and takes all policy decisions within the framework of the General Assembly's resolutions.

The IFLRY Bureau consists of a President, a Secretary General, a Treasurer and four Vice-Presidents. The Bureau has the responsibility for IFLRY's day-to-day management and is elected every two years. The IFLRY Bureau appoints an Executive Director who runs the IFLRY secretariat in London.[7]

Bureau 2016-2018[8]

Regional board members:


A major part of the activities within IFLRY are organized through various programmes. These are the current IFLRY programmes:

Leadership of IFLRY

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  • 2016- Netherlands Pauline Kastermans (JD)
  • 2014-2016 Denmark Christian Scharling (RU)
  • 2010-2014 Belgium Thomas Leys ()
  • 2009-2010 Netherlands Bart Woord (JD)
  • 2007-2009 Colombia Paola Silva (UCJD)
  • 2005-2007 Denmark Jacob Moroza-Rasmussen (VU)
  • 2001-2005 Republic of Macedonia Emil Kirjas (LiDeM)
  • 1997-2001 Germany Jonas Renz (JuLis)
  • 1991-1997 Germany Imke Roebken (JuLis)
  • 1989-1991 Sweden Madeleine Sjöstedt (FPU)
  • 1983-1989 Netherlands Jules Maaten (JOVD)
  • 1981-1983 Italy Ottavio Lavaggi (FGR)
  • 1979-1981 Sweden Lennart Rohdin (FPU)

Secretary Generals

  • 2016- Norway Tone Bjørndal (NUV)
  • 2014-2016 Netherlands Frerik Kampman (JD)
  • 2012-2014 Norway Naomi Ichihara Røkkum (NUV)
  • 2010-2012 Spain Jordi Villanueva (JNC)
  • 2009-2010 Germany Frederik Ferié (JuLis)
  • 2005-2009 Netherlands Bart Woord (JD)
  • 2002-2005 Denmark Jacob Moroza-Rasmussen (VU)
  • 2001-2002 Finland Hini Katriina Utunen
  • 1999-2001 Republic of Macedonia Emil Kirjas (LiDeM)
  • 1997-1999 Switzerland Rolf Schmidt
  • 1995-1997 Slovenia Roman Jakic (MLD)
  • 1993-1995 Sweden Tina Thorsell (LUF)
  • 1991-1993 Denmark Ulla Tørnæs (DLS)
  • 1989-1991 Switzerland Andreas Gasche (JBS)
  • 1983-1985 Germany Jutta Rothacker
  • 1979-1981 United Kingdom Graham Watson (SYL)

Member organizations

Member organizations of IFLRY by country
  Full member
  Observing member
  Candidate member
Click on the map to view an enlarged version. This map shows the status of each individual country that have political youth organizations affiliated with International Federation of Liberal Youth (IFLRY). If a country has more than one organization affiliated with IFLRY, only the higher tier will be displayed.

Regional organizations

Organization Region
European Liberal Youth (LYMEC) Europe
Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD Youth) Asia
Arab Youth Union for Freedom and Democracy (AYUFD) MENA

National organizations


Organization Country Status
Cairo Liberal Forum  Egypt Candidate member
Coordination des Eleves et Etudiants Patriotes (CEEP)  Senegal Candidate member
Democratic Alliance Youth  South Africa Candidate member
Egyptian Centre for Public Policy Studies  Egypt Full member
MEEL  Senegal Candidate member
Mouvement des Jeunesses Travaillistes  Senegal Full member
Rassemblement es Jeunes Republicains  Ivory Coast Full member
Union des Jeunesses Travaillistes et Libérales  Senegal Full member
Youth & Future Association (AJA)  Morocco Full member


Organization Country Status
Centro de Analasis para Politicas Publicas (CAPP)  Dominican Republic Observer member
Juventud Liberal Radical Auténtica  Paraguay Full member
Juventud Liberal de Honduras  Honduras Full member
Juventud Libertaria  Costa Rica Candidate member
Political Institute for Freedom (Instituto Politico para la Libertad)  Peru Full member
Unión Colombiana de Jóvenes Demócratas  Colombia Full member
Young Democrats of America (YDA)  United States Full member
Young Liberals of Canada  Canada Full member


Organization Country Status
Future Youth  Lebanon Full member
Institute for Democracy and Leadership  Sri Lanka Full member
National Liberal Party Youth  Lebanon Candidate member
Youth Initiative    Nepal Full member


Organization Country Status
3H Movement  Turkey Full member
Centre Party Youth (Centerpartiets ungdomsförbund, CUF)  Sweden Full member
Civil Forum (Gramadyanski Forum)  Belarus Full member
Croatian People's Party Youth (Mladi Hrvatske Narodne Stranke, CPPY)  Croatia Full member
DALGA Youth Movement  Azerbaijan Full member
Estonian Centre Party Youth (Eesti Keskerakonna Noortekogu, YAECP)  Estonia Full member
European Youth of Ukraine  Ukraine Full member
Finnish Centre Youth (Suomen Keskustanuoret, FCY)  Finland Full member
Gibraltar Liberal Youth (GLY)  Gibraltar Full member
Istrian Democratic Youth  Croatia Full member
Joventut Nacionalista de Catalunya (Young Nationalists of Catalonia, JNC)  Spain Full member
JUNOS – Young liberal NEOS (JUNOS – Junge liberale NEOS)  Austria Full member
 Belgium Full member
Liberal Alliances Ungdom (LAU)  Denmark Observer member
Liberal Democratic Youth of Macedonia (Liberalno-Demokratska Mladina Macedonia, LiDeM)  Macedonia Full member
Liberal Youth  United Kingdom Full member
Liberal Youth Association of Hungary  Hungary Candidate member
Liberal Youth of Moldova  Moldova Full member
Liberal Youth of Sweden (Liberala ungdomsförbundet, LUF)  Sweden Full member
Lithuanian Liberal Youth (Lietuvos Liberalus Jaunimas, LLJ)  Lithuania Full member
Mladejko dvijeni za prav i svobodi (YMRF)  Bulgaria Full member
Musavat Youth Organization  Azerbaijan Candidate member
Norwegian Liberal Students (Norges Liberale Studentforbund, NLSF)  Norway Full member
Projekt:Polska  Poland Full member
Social Liberal Youth of Denmark (Radikal Ungdom, RU)  Denmark Full member
Swedish Youth (Svensk Ungdom, SU)  Finland Full member
Vesna  Russia Full member
Yabloko Youth  Russia Candidate member
Young Democrats (Jonge Democraten, JD)  Netherlands Full member
Young Democrats of Luxembourg  Luxembourg Full member
Young Liberal Democracy (Mladi Liberalna Demokracija, MLD)  Slovenia Full member
Young Liberals (Junge Liberale, JuLis)  Germany Full member
Young Liberals (Switzerland) (Jungfreisinnige Schweiz, JFS / Jeunes Libéraux Radicaux Suisses, JLRS)   Switzerland Full member
Young Liberals of Andorra (Joventut Liberal d'Andorra, LDRS)  Andorra Full member
Young Liberals of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Mladi Liberali Bosne i Hercegovine, MLBiH)  Bosnia and Herzegovina Full member
Young Liberals of Montenegro  Montenegro Full member
Young Liberals of Norway (Norges Unge Venstre, NUV)  Norway Full member
Young Radicals of the Left (Jeunes Radicaux de Gauche, JRG)  France Full member
Young Republicans  Georgia Candidate member
Youth Congress (ANC Youth)  Armenia Full member
Youth of the Left (Venstres Ungdom, VU)  Denmark Full member
Youth Organisation Freedom and Democracy (Jongeren Organisatie Vrijheid en Democratie, JOVD)  Netherlands Full member


No national member organizations at the moment.

See also


  1. "Document Centre: IFLRY Statutes November 2010". International Federation of Liberal Youth. Retrieved 24 July 2011.
  2. "Full Members", Liberal International. Retrieved on 16 May 2016.
  3. "Member Organisations", European Youth Forum. Retrieved on 16 May 2016.
  4. "IFLRY in the ECOSOC database", ECOSOC. Retrieved on 16 May 2016.
  5. "Admitted NGO", UNFCC. Retrieved on 16 May 2016.
  6. "Our History", IFLRY. Retrieved on 16 May 2016.
  7. "Our Structure", Retrieved on 16 May 2016.
  8. "Our People", Retrieved on 16 May 2016.
  9. "Our Programmes", Retrieved on 16 May 2016.

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