YEREVAN—More than 160 participants gathered in Yerevan May 8 at the invitation of the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF), the Youth Organization of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation, for the 2015 International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY) World Council. Titled “An Equal World Is Possible,” the Council includes participants from 60 countries, with more than 160 delegates representing various socialist youth organizations, in addition to over two dozen AYF representatives from Armenia, Artsakh, and the Armenian Diaspora.
Welcoming remarks were made by Socialist International (SI) Vice-President Mario Nalbandian, who is a former ARF Bureau member; IUSY President Felipe Jeldres; IUSY Secretary General Evin Incir; and AYF representative Garabed Shatoyan.
As 2015 marks the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide,Shatoyan stressed, Armenian youth will continue to persevere as they begin a new phase demanding the Armenian peoples’ rights to reparations. He added that the youth will concurrently work on developing and strengthening of Armenia.
As the world’s largest international youth organization, the World Council will discuss the political and financial reports of the IUSY, in addition to environmental issues, youth unemployment, education, and the role of youth in the protection of basic human rights.
On May 9, the delegates will visit the Armenian Genocide Museum and the Tsitsernakaberd Genocide Memorial Complex, where they will lay flowers in remembrance of the victims of the Armenian Genocide. They will also visit touristic sites and museums in Yerevan.
The meeting will close in the late hours of May 9.