International Federation of Liberal Youth

International Federation of Liberal Youth
President Ahmad Al Rachwani (Future Youth)
Secretary General Sven Gerst (JuLis)
Treasurer Olha Tsurkan (LDLU)
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 2018-2019[8]

  • Ahmad Al Rachwani (Future Youth, ), President
  • Sven Gerst (JuLis, ), Secretary General
  • Olha Tsurkan (LDLU, ), Treasurer
  • Elin Engerbakk (NUV, ), Vice President
  • Gyulfie Arnaduova (Youth YMRF, ), Vice President
  • Nickolas Pagonakis (RU, ), Vice President
  • Pedro Urruchurtu (VenteJoven, ), Vice President

Regional board members:

  • Sergiu Boghean (LYMEC, Europe)
  • Ivanpal Grewal (CALD Youth, Asia)
  • Farah Irqsusi (AYUFD, MENA-region)
  • Lidia Rauch (ALY, Africa)
  • Pedro Urruchurtu (Latin America)


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

  • Belarus & Ukraine
  • Caucasus
  • Climate Change
  • Gender Equality
  • Free Trade
  • Human Rights
  • Latin America
  • Pool of Trainers
  • Libel

Leadership of IFLRY


  • 2018- Ahmad Al Rachwani (Future Youth)
  • 2016-2018 Pauline Kastermans (JD)
  • 2014-2016 Christian Scharling (RU)
  • 2010-2014 Thomas Leys ()
  • 2009-2010 Bart Woord (JD)
  • 2007-2009 Paola Silva (UCJD)
  • 2005-2007 Jacob Moroza-Rasmussen (VU)
  • 2001-2005 Emil Kirjas (LiDeM)
  • 1997-2001 Jonas Renz (JuLis)
  • 1991-1997 Imke Roebken (JuLis)
  • 1989-1991 Madeleine Sjöstedt (FPU)
  • 1983-1989 Jules Maaten (JOVD)
  • 1981-1983 Ottavio Lavaggi (FGR)
  • 1979-1981 Lennart Rohdin (FPU)

Secretary Generals

  • 2018- Sven Gerst (JuLis)
  • 2016-2018 Tone Bjørndal (NUV)
  • 2014-2016 Frerik Kampman (JD)
  • 2012-2014 Naomi Ichihara Røkkum (NUV)
  • 2010-2012 Jordi Villanueva (JNC)
  • 2009-2010 Frederik Ferié (JuLis)
  • 2005-2009 Bart Woord (JD)
  • 2002-2005 Jacob Moroza-Rasmussen (VU)
  • 2001-2002 Hini Katriina Utunen
  • 1999-2001 Emil Kirjas (LiDeM)
  • 1997-1999 Rolf Schmidt
  • 1995-1997 Roman Jakic (MLD)
  • 1993-1995 Tina Thorsell (LUF)
  • 1991-1993 Ulla Tørnæs (DLS)
  • 1989-1991 Andreas Gasche (JBS)
  • 1983-1985 Jutta Rothacker
  • 1979-1981 Graham Watson (SYL)


  • 2018- Olha Tsurkan (LDLU)
  • 2016-2018 Robert Landheer (JD)
  • 2016 Danylo Korbabicz (YLC)
  • 2014-2016 Daniel George (JuLis)
  • 2010-2014 João Victor Guedes Neto (JDEM)
  • 2009-2010 Jan Van Run (JOVD)

Member organizations

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
Africa Liberal Youth (ALY) Africa

National organizations


Organization Country Status
Cairo Liberal Forum  Egypt Candidate member
Coordination des Eleves et Etudiants Patriotes (CEEP)  Senegal Candidate member
CUF Youth Wing  Tanzania Observer member
Egyptian Centre for Public Policy Studies  Egypt Full member
Free Egyptian Youth (FEP)  Egypt Observer member
Jeunesse Haraki  Morocco Observer member
Mouvement des Étudiants et des Élèves Libéraux (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
Young Independents of Ghana (YIG)  Ghana Observer member
Youth & Future Association (AJA)  Morocco Full member


Organization Country Status
Alianza Joven  Mexico Candidate member
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 Full member
Juventud Union Por La Libertad  Argentina 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
Free Thought Forum (FTF)  Jordan Candidate member
Future Youth  Lebanon Full member
Institute for Democracy and Leadership  Sri Lanka Full member
National Liberal Party Youth  Lebanon Full 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 Democratic League of Ukraine (LDLU)  Ukraine Full member
Liberal Democratic Youth of Macedonia (Liberalno-Demokratska Mladina Macedonia, LiDeM)  Macedonia Full member
Young Liberals  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
Nowoczesna Youth  Poland Candidate 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 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 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 Full member
Youth Congress (ANC Youth)  Armenia Full member
Youth Forum of Nasha Stranka  Bosnia and Herzegovina 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" Archived 2011-09-30 at the Wayback Machine.. International Federation of Liberal Youth. Retrieved 24 July 2011.
  2. "Full Members" Archived 2014-05-25 at the Wayback Machine., Liberal International. Retrieved on 16 May 2016.
  3. "Member Organisations", European Youth Forum. Retrieved on 16 May 2016.
  4. "IFLRY in the ECOSOC database" Archived 2016-06-10 at the Wayback Machine., 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.>, Retrieved on 10 March 2018.
  9. "Our Programmes", Retrieved on 16 May 2016.
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