Press Release: Albania gained membership of the International Youth Federation

Marilo Meta, IYF Representative in Albania

Date: June 29, 2017
Contact: Media Relations,

Albania gained membership of the International Youth Federation 

London, United Kingdom:  In a statement issued today, the Executive Board announced that Albania has gained the permanent membership of the International Youth Federation. 

In Albania, the number of youth aged 15-29 amounted to 704,000 representing just over one quarter (25.2 percent) of the total population. With around 363,000 men and boys aged 15-29 against around 342 thousand women and girls in the youth age group, males are with 51.5 percent a little more represented among youth than among the total population, according to The Population and Housing Census (2011).

Our vision at the IYF is to enable Albanian youth to get their voices heard and to give talented and motivated young people the opportunity to acquire the skills and knowledge to actively contribute to the development of their societies. 

Executive Board announces Marilo Meta as International Youth Federation Representative in Albania

Mr. Marilo Meta is a young leader, computer scientist, advocate and activist passionate about youth empowerment, leadership, and law. Through his experience, he worked with national non-profit and civil society organizations in different interventions related to youth empowerment.  

About his recent appointment, Mr. Meta said: “It would be a great pride to represent the IYF in Albania and empower the youth community for a better future, living in peace and solidarity." And he added: “Furthermore I am using this opportunity to express my willingness to enhancing critical thinking and media literacy, particularly in the use of the Internet and social media, so as to develop resistance to discrimination and indoctrination. Ensuring young people acquire social, civic and intercultural competencies, by promoting democratic values and fundamental rights, social inclusion and non-discrimination, as well as active citizenship where citizens need to be able to think critically, make moral choices, take principled positions on issues, and devise democratic courses of action."

Mr. Meta holds a Master of Science in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Computer Science from the University of Tirana at Albania.


The International Youth Federation is an international non-profit youth organizations network governed by the present Statutes and the Swiss Civil Code. It is neutral politically, and non-denominational, aim to empower youth worldwide through improving the status of youth and promote cooperation between youth organizations in different countries.


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