November 19, 2017

Advocacy and Representation

Children's Rights Action Group (CRAG)

The Children's Rights Action Group (CRAG) works to mainstream children's rights in the legislation, policies and actions of the EU institutionsand member states and to secure sufficient and dedicated budget allocations for children. The IFM-SEI Secretary General, Carly Walker-Dawson, sits on this group on behalf of IFM-SEI and works with Brussels-based organisations to coordinate in the efforts to advocate for children's rights. 

ICMYO Task Force

The IFM-SEI President, Sylvia Siqueria Campos, represents IFM-SEI on the Task Force the International Coordination Meeting of Youth Organisations (ICMYO). ICMYO brings together regional youth networks and the largest international youth organisations, including the likes of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and the European Youth Forum (YFJ)  in order to influence global policy-making on youth. Together with our partners in ICMYO we co-organised the last two World Conferences on Youth in Mexico (2010) and Sri Lanka (2014).

YFJ Erasmus+ and Funding Expert Group

The IFM-SEI Secretary General, Carly Walker-Dawson, represents IFM-SEI on the European Youth Forum (YFJ) expert group on Erasmus+ and funding for the period 2016-18. The group advocates on youth funding with a focus on the European Commission funding for youth, Erasmus+, and is drafting a policy paper on the future of youth funding in the next Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF) of the European Commission from 2021 onwards. The expert group also follows progressions in youth funding on a wider basis and offers a platform to advocate with a number of like-minded youth organisations with similar objectives in terms of funding. 

YFJ Education Expert Group

The IFM-SEI Project Officer, Ceci Aranda Soler, represents IFM-SEI on the European Youth Forum (YFJ) expert group on education for the period2016-18. The group drafts policy around issues related to quality standards in non-formal education and the recognition of non-formal education. At the moment, the group is focusing on the development of common advocacy actions to achieve a better understanding of citinzenship education among all stakeholders.

Council of Europe's Advisory Council on Youth

The Advisory Council on Youth is the co-management structure of the Council of Europe between young people representing youth organisations and Council of Europe member states. The Advisory Council is a body made up of 30 representatives from youth NGOs and networks in Europe which provide opinions and input on all youth sector activities. It also ensures that young people are involved in other activities of the Council of Europe. The IFM-SEI Secretary General, Carly Walker-Dawson, was elected onto this body for the mandate 2018-19, which is the first time IFM-SEI will be represented on this high-level body. 

Latin American and Caribbean Youth Forum (FLACJ) Board

FLACJ is the umbrella organisation of youth movements in Latin America and the Caribbean. The forum was created in 2015 in order to bring together and strengthen platforms, movements and youth organisations fighting for greater youth participation and human rights in the region. IFM-SEI is represented by the IFM-SEI President, Sylvia Siqueira Campos.

YFJ Migration and Human Rights Network

IFM-SEI is represented by David Persson - Unga Örnar member and coordinator of the IFM-SEI Migration Network - on the European Youth Forum's Migration and Human Rights Network. The two main priorities the network identified for 2017 are to develop guidelines and/or collect best practices to include young refugees in the work and structures of youth organisations, and to gather input on addressing the main challenges facing unaccompanied minor refugees in the transition to adulthood, in order to feed into a Council of Europe policy document. The group also comes together to discuss potential common projects and future collaborations.