2017 marks 70 years since the founding of the World Federation of Liberal and Radical Youth. As the ideological descendant of that organisation, IFLRY can look back on 70 years of work in fighting for liberal causes. Fighting for peace. Fighting for human rights. Many of the issues that concerned us then continue to plague…

GUMMERSBACH, GERMANY — From 15 to 21 September 2017, liberal youth leaders from across the globe gathered at the Theodor Heuss Academy of the Friedrich NaumannFoundation for the International Federation of Liberal Youth or IFLRY’s second series of the Training of Trainers (TOT). Participants came from a wide range of countries. They were from Armenia,…

Breaking party lines is a great way to step across the aisle and declare that your personal values matter more than what your party tells you to do. But, that sort of altruistic voting can cost you your job and weaken the party’s base. A novel approach to letting politicians vote in line with their…

The 23rd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place in Bonn from November 6th to 17th, 2017 under the presidency of Fiji. The goal is the advance of the implementation of the Paris Agreement. The Conference of the Parties (COP) is held annually. The overall…

Climate change is a hot topic. In the aftermath of the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, cities and states have vowed to step up.  It is also time for other nations to step up on climate commitments. Earth’s average temperature has risen by 1 °C since 1850 as a result of increased greenhouse gas emissions into…

Last week, the leaders of the world’s most powerful nations, the G20, came together in Hamburg. At the summit, the atmosphere was tense: Pro-globalization leaders like the German chancellor Angela Merkel were meeting their anti-globalist, autocratic counterparts such as US president Donald Trump. But it wasn’t only the summit itself that was tense. In Hamburg,…

Europe has a lot of networks and organizations that are affiliated with young people. From the scouts to national youth councils to international organizations based on a political ideology – such as IFLRY. Together, we are all united through a platform called European Youth Forum (YFJ). The YFJ advocates for youth rights in international organizations,…

Over the past two weeks, the international policy, scientific and NGO community came together at the World Conference Center in Bonn, Germany, and participated in the SB46 (Subsidiary Body 46) of the UNFCCC. A delegation of IFLRY had the privilege of observing these pre-negotiation meetings, which seek to serve as the foundation for the Conference…