About GYS

FFCAM GYS event near Toulouse, France

Who we are

The Global Youth Summit is a series of UIAA youth events where young mountaineers from around the world come together to climb, promote peace and cooperation between countries and work on the protection of the environment.

 If your member federation is organising a youth event such as a climbing camp or an ascent of a mountain, a trek or an environmental event in your country, you can be part of the Global Youth Summit! We encourage you to include certain themes and aims in the event programme, such as crag development, local ethics and traditions, improving individual performance, environmental awareness and climbing for peace.

The UIAA does not set restrictions for the events such as age limits or what kind of activities Federations should organise. However organizers of Youth Commission events  must follow our criteria and recommendations. The events should be open to youth from other countries, giving young people the opportunity to form friendships across borders. 

The events can take place at any time of the year. They can also be organized around key dates such as the United Nations World Environment Day (June 5) or the United Nations International Mountain Day (December 11).  

You as local, regional or national organisers are responsible for the safety and practical arrangements of the event, but experts in the Youth Commission can give you advice on good practices. The UIAA will also help you promote the event through our website and include it in our events calendar.

Events will be advertised when a successful application has been confirmed and insurance certificate has been provided and accepted.

Global Youth Summit Partners

Association of Recognised International Olympic Committee International Sports Federations (ARISF)

The Association of Recognised IOC International Sports Federations (ARISF) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-discriminatory organisation constituted through and recognised by the International Olympic Committee.

ARISF is one of the pillars to the Olympic Movement, with all of its 32 Me principles set forth in the Olympic Charter. Through ARISF, the Member IFs maintain an ongoing dialogue with the IOC and the entire Olympic Movement on matters of common interest.

The UIAA Youth Commission works closely with ARISF and receives ARISF external funding for youth training since 2000. The UIAA Youth Commission submits 4-year development plans to ARISF. This fund is used to support event organisers and UIAA Youth projects.
Peace and Sport

The organization works for sustainable peace throughout the world. To achieve this, it promotes the practice of structured sport and sporting values to educate young generations and help foster
social stability, reconciliation and dialogue between communities