The ICYE Federation is an international non-profit youth exchange organisation with more than 60 years of experience promoting youth mobility, intercultural learning and international voluntary service.
ICYE was established in 1949 as an exchange programme between Germany and USA which was designed to restore and develop trust between people from the two countries based on the believe that what the war had destroyed could be rebuilt through exchanges among the younger generations.
Since that time ICYE has grown and became an International Federation of locally run non-profit organisations with members in over 30 countries worldwide and a significant presence across all continents.
The ICYE Federation is affiliated to and works with the support of the following international organisations:
- UN-Economic and Social Council – ECOSOC (Consultative Status)
- United Nations Department of Public Information – DPI-NGO Committee
- UNESCO – NGO official partner of UNESCO (Consultative Status)
- UNESCO – NGOs Liaison Committee
- World Council of Churches (working relations as international ecumenical organisation)
- European Commission, Directorate General Educate and Culture
- Coordinating Committee of International Voluntary Service (CCIVS)
On 15th September 1987, in recognition of “a significant contribution to the programme and objectives of the International Year of Peace, proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly”, the UN Secretary-General, Javier Perez de Cuellar, designated ICYE as a Peace Messenger.