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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 11, No. 7. June 23rd, 1948


It is universally recognized that W.F.D.Y. is a great international youth organization, representing about fifty million young people, belonging to different parts of the world, determined to fight together for peace, democracy, national self-determination and a better future for the rising generation.

It has now become traditional for W.F.D.Y. to send international friendship delegations into different countries, to investigate the vital problems of youth, and to establish a mutual understanding and effective co-operation in solving, not only those specific problems, but also the general problems of peace, democracy, national self-determination, the needs and the rights of youth. Experience has already proved the effectiveness of these commissions, since during 1947 W.F.D.Y. sent them to India, Malaya, Burma, Indonesia, Germany, Austria and Greece.

Realizing the importance of the W.F.D.Y. affiliations in Latin America, and the acuteness of the problems concerning youth, the last meeting of the W.F.D.Y. Council decided to send to Latin America an international delegation consisting of representatives of the youth of the United States, the Soviet Union, France, Czechoslovakia, Republican Spain, Yugoslavia, Canada, and the International Union of Students. It was decided that this delegation would study the problems of Latin American youth, and acquaint them with W.F.D.Y. and its activities.

The young people of Latin America hailed with enthusiasm this decision of the council meeting. They sent the delegation numerous invitations to Visit their countries; they organized reception committees to welcome the delegation. They launched a campaign for popularizing W.F.D.Y. and its Latin American delegation. They asked that their Governments grant visas to the commission. This enthusiasm is an excellent sign of the willingness and the determination of the South American youth to work together with the democratic youth of the world through the intermediary of W.F.D.Y., and in line with the realization of their aims.