Statutory functions Advise on all matters concerning youth and youth-related activities throughout the International FederationPromote and assess the implementation of the youth strategy or policy decided by the Board or the GA, as well as to consider and study as requested by the GB matters of policy development in the area of youth Review and suggest revisions of the youth strategy or policy to the Board or the GA (as the case may be) for adoption Seek youth opinions on the implementation of relevant International Federation policies and to ensure that those opinions are communicated to the Statutory Bodies (GA, the Board, President, Secretary General, and the Committees and Commissions) of the Movement Advise the Secretary General in the implementation of the youth policy and all other policies and strategies as they relate to youth within the Movement Bring allegations of Breaches of Integrity to the Compliance and Mediation Committee in consultation with the President.
According to the Constitution, the functions of the Commission are to (Art. 31.2)
As an advisory body of the Board its role is centred around youth and youth-related matters and activities, including any policies and strategies that relate to youth in the Movement (Art 31.2). The Commission’s Work Plans, built on consultations with its youth constituency, Board, and Secretariat may be submitted to the Board for endorsement.
Revisions and suggestions regarding policy and strategy
The Commission drives the revisions of the Youth Policy and setting the high-level strategic priorities for youth engagement and youth related activities, including the Youth Engagement Strategy (Y.E.S).
Promoting the youth strategy and policy
Promotion consists primarily of dissemination of information on the Y.E.S and the Youth Policy to advance their implementation in NS and other parts of the Movement but includes other activities such as facilitation of related events and trainings.
Represent and seek youth opinions
The representation role can be summarized as “bringing the voices of young people to the discussion tables”. While it may take the form of advocacy (speaking on behalf) for a cause, it is generally manifested in all activities of the Commission and especially its advisory role. However, its legitimacy depends on the ability to seek and convey youth opinions – which requires open communication channels to Regional Youth Networks and NS, both directly and via the Regional Offices and their Country Clusters, as well as the Secretariat in Geneva.
Composition, election and transition
The composition of the Commission is a Chair and eight members (two from each of the four Statutory Regions), who are elected in a personal capacity by the GA on presentation of candidates by the Election Committee for a term of four years (Art. 31.1). Elections for the Commission take place every four years by secret ballot at ordinary sessions of the GA that do not coincide with the Board’s elections, normally on the first day of the GA following the appointment of the other constitutional Commissions and Committees (Art. 34.1; Rule 30A.1). The vote is exercised by a youth delegate nominated by the NS either in person or remotely (Rule 30A.2-4).