Who we are

 

We are the Youth for United World from the Focolare Movementfounded by Chiara Lubich. We are from different cultures, religions and nationalities and we live in 180 countries from the 5 continents.

 

What unites us?

The choice to live for a more fraternal and united world. We want universal brotherhood to become the new cornerstone for politics, economics, labour, environment, sports, communications and science. We’re thousands of young people who, from the 1960s to the present, follow this lifestyle: like Charles Moats from a black ghetto in Los Angeles (USA), who testified fraternity at the cost of life; like Tenerat of Nigeria who went to meet a Muslim friend risking his own skin; or like the young people in Thailand who during the flood did not hesitate to meet the needs of the people affected.

How?

By putting into practice the Golden Rule:

“Do to others what you want them to do unto you; don’t do to others what you don’t want them to do unto you”.

It is the heart of so many civilizations and traditions, because change starts from each one of us. Through the most diverse actions, activities carried out locally and globally, we are committed to promoting the Dialogue. Dialogue between generations, peoples and ethnic groups. Dialogue that kills all the walls that divide us.

What do we do?

We start at a local level in our own cities, by developing projects to face the problems we find around us. But we always refer to a global horizon, projected towards universality, linking the world through fragments of fraternity. On top of that we are not afraid to get involved at a political level to propose concrete solutions to global challenges.

Since 1996, we have been organizing the United World Week annually.

In 2012, we launch the United World Project, where, together with the New Humanity Movement, we create a global network of fraternity actions in many different fields.

Our work has two main directions:

dialogue – building unity through recognition of cultural or religious diversity.

participation – We team up with other associations, movements and institutions, that share our goals and values, to make an impact in different fields: politics, economics, interreligious dialogue, sustainability, sports, education, communications, science, and health.

The Focolare Movement

Born in 1943 in Trent, Northern Italy, through the inspiration of Chiara Lubich, the Focolare Movement is now spread across 194 countries. It is an ecclesial movement, of social and spiritual renewal. It’s charism is unity: in order to fulfill the project of universal fraternity which Jesus himself brought to the world: “May they all be one”. The purpose is to contribute to the unity between peoples and the universal fraternity, through dialogues born spontaneously from the love experienced in interpersonal relationships. It is privileged to overcome conflicts and prejudices, promote unity and collaboration, without syncretism, in full fidelity to each one’s identity.

 

Chiara Lubich

Chiara Lubich, born in 1920 in Trent,  was an Italian Catholic activist and leader and founder of the Focolare Movement. She is considered one of the most important spiritual personalities of the twentieth century. Has been engaged in the forefront of ecclesial communion, ecumenism, interreligious dialogue and people of non-religious convictions. Decorated with 15 honorary doctorates, in the most diverse disciplines, and with recognitions from national and international entities, as well as with honorary citizenships from major Italian cities and Buenos Aires, she tirelessly promoted a culture of unity and fraternity among peoples.

THE STORY OF YOUTH FOR A UNITED WORLD

1969

Launching Operation Africa
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1973

1st Genfest
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1975

2nd Genfest
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1980

3rd Genfest
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1982

Launching Operation Asia
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1983

The foundation of New Youth Movement
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1985

4th Genfest - Birth of Y4UW
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1987

5th Genfest (national)
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1988

Forum about Affectivity in the vision of New Youth
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1989

1st Congress of Y4UW
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1990

6th Genfest
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1992

Y4UW Congress
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1993

7th Genfest (national)
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1994

Appeal for Human Rights
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1995

8th Genfest - Launch of the United World Week
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1996

Y4UW Congress
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1996

1st United World Week
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1997

Y4UW Congress
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1998

Moratorium on the death penalty
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1999

Youth Congress
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2000

9th Genfest - Launch of Project Africa
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2002

Y4UW Congress
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2004

Y4UW Congress
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2010

United World Week
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2010

Y4UW meeting
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2011

Y4UW Animators' school for the Middle East
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2012

10th Genfest - Launch of the UWP
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2013

United World Week: Be the Bridge - Jerusalem
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2014

United World Week: Sharing with Africa - Kenya
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2014

Atlas of Fraternity
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2015

United World Week: Fabric Flavour Festival - India
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2016

United World Week: Link Cultures - Ecuador
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2017

United World Week: Change your heart, Change the world.
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