International Young Democrat Union

International Young Democrat Union
Abbreviation IYDU
Motto "United for Freedom"
Formation March 1991
Type Political international
Bashir Wardini
Deputy Chairman
Bruno Kazuhiro
Assistant Deputy Chairman
Ruben Schuster
Secretary General
Charlotte Kude
Parent organisation
International Democrat Union

The International Young Democrat Union (IYDU) is a global alliance of centre-right political youth organisations and the youth wing of the International Democrat Union (IDU).[1][2][3]

The IYDU in its current form was founded in March 1991 in Washington, D.C.. A previous organisation of the same name had been established in July 1981, also in Washington, but subsequently ceased to exist.[2]


The IYDU stands for conservative politics and free-market policies.[4]

IYDU host a number of events for member organisations each year including a Freedom Forum (mid-year), an Annual Council Meeting, and overseas study visits.

Following almost 6 years of the IYDU being split over important differences in the interpretation of the IYDU constitution, the International Young Democrat Union Joint Council Meeting elected a unified IYDU Board in Brussels on 21 October 2017.

Parent Organization

The parent organisation to IYDU, the International Democrat Union (IDU)[5] is a working association of 71 full and associate members from 63 different countries. Formed in 1983, founder members included Britain’s Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; US Vice-President George H. W. Bush; Mayor of Paris, and later French President, Jacques Chirac; and German Chancellor Helmut Kohl.


Name Years Organisation Country
Mark Heywood 1992 – 1994 Young Liberals  Australia
Tony Zagotta 1994 – 1998 College Republicans  United States of America
Andrew Rosindell 1998 – 2002 Young Conservatives  United Kingdom
Shane Frith 2002 – 2004 Young Nationals  New Zealand
Donald Simpson 2004 – 2006 Conservative Future Scotland  United Kingdom
Peter Skovholt Gitmark 2006 – 2008 Young Conservatives  Norway
Tim Dier 2008 – 2010 Conservative Future  United Kingdom
Daniel Walther 2010 – 2012 Junge Union  Germany
Nicolas Figari 2012 – 2012 Independent Democratic Union Youth  Chile
Aris Kalafatis 2012 – 2014 Youth Organisation of New Democracy  Greece
Gerti Bogdani 2014 – 2016 Youth of Democratic Party of Albania  Albania
Simon Breheny 2016 – 2017 Young Liberals  Australia
Bashir Wardini 2016 – Present Lebanese Forces Youth Association  Lebanon



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  2. 1 2 Yearbook of International Organizations 2005/2006. 1. Munich: K. G. Saur Verlag. 2005. p. 2033. ISBN 978-3-598-24521-3.
  3. "Ma touts Taiwan's democratic accomplishments". Taiwan Today. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  4. Lester, Ray, ed. (2008). The New Walford Guide to Reference Resources: Volume II - Social sciences. Facet Publishing. p. 215. ISBN 978-1-85604-498-1.
  6. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-08-11. Retrieved 2014-12-23.
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