UNITED NATIONS, May 25, 2004 ( – The World Youth Alliance (WYA), the largest youth group in the world with over a million members, has been granted ECOSOC status by the United Nations.  The status grants the group the opportunity to make its voice heard by the United Nations Economic and Social Council.  WYA says in its charter that it is “committed to building free and just societies through a culture of life.”  That culture, it says, “affirms the inalienable dignity of the person, defends the intrinsic right to life, nurtures the family, and fosters a social climate favorable to integral development, solidarity, and mutual respect.”  Gabrielle Corica, WYA’s Director of Operations, told that while they have been working at the United Nations for the past five years, the status will allow them to present papers directly to the whole committee rather than attempting to approach individual delegates.

The group has offices in New York, Mexico City, Nairobi, Brussels and another opening in Bangkok later this year.  All leaders and directors of the group are youth under the age of 30.

On the newly granted status, Corica said, “We’re very pleased and excited that this will open more doors for us to continue our work at the United Nations and other international organizations.”  See the World Youth Alliance online:


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