World Federation of Democratic Youth Leaders Meet in Havana

Prensa Latina News Agency

More than 130 representatives of youth organizations are meeting in this capital, starting today through Nov. 12, at the 19th General Assembly of the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY).

The Assembly, a WFDY top mechanism, will review the performance and functioning of the organization in the current political context, where new information technologies are playing an important social role, Cuban youth leader Jose Angel Maury said at a news conference.

Participants will represent 70 organizations from more than 35 countries of the five continents, a more assistance from Latin America is expected, and the assistance of 23 general secretaries or main leaders of groups from around the world was so far confirmed.

Maury stated that during the Assembly, there will be a session of the International Committee of the Cuban Young Communist League (UJC), during which visitors will learn the results of the 10th Congress of the Cuban organization held in July 2015, as well as details of the island present situation.

This will be a space to spread the reality of the nation, how the socialism that is built here is updated, and show it as a fairer alternative for everyone and especially for young people, said Maury, who is the head of the International Relations department at the National Committee.

Providing an overview of the development prospects of the country and the process of relations between Cuba and the United States, is also expected, he added.

Meetings with grass-roots organizations in the communities, a visit to the “Julio Antonio Mella” International Camp, and a gala tomorrow to celebrate the 70th of the founding anniversary of WFDY, will be carried out, as part of the agenda of the Assembly.

The Festival of Nationalities will be held on Thursday, Nov. 12, near the Havana seawall drive, known as Malecon, in which international students who are on the island will participate. By the close of the Assembly, there will be a concert by Cuban duo Buena Fe.

Founded in 1945 and recognized by the United Nations, the WFDY brings together a large number of youth movements of the world.


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