International Young Democrat Union

International Young Democrat Union
The IYDU logo is a stylised globe criss-crossed with blue lines.
Abbreviation IYDU
Motto "United for Freedom"
Formation March 1991
Type Political international
Charlotte Spukerland
Deputy Chairman
Senator Sheldon Scott
Dana Gordon
Parent organisation
International Democrat Union

The International Young Democrat Union (IYDU) is a global alliance of centre-right political youth organisations and the youth wing of the International Democrat Union (IDU).[1][2][3]

The IYDU in its current form was founded in March 1991 in Washington, D.C.. A previous organisation of the same name had been established in July 1981, also in Washington, but subsequently ceased to exist.[2]


The IYDU stands for conservative politics and free-market policies.[4]

IYDU host a number of events for member organisations each year including a Freedom Forum (mid-year), an Annual Council Meeting, and overseas study visits.

Parent Organisation

The parent organisation to IYDU, the International Democrat Union (IDU)[5] is a working association of 71 full and associate members from 63 different countries. Formed in 1983, founder members included Britain’s Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; then US Vice-President George Bush Sr; Mayor of Paris, and later French President, Jacques Chirac; and the German Chancellor Helmut Kohl.

In November 2013, the IDU Executive agreed to relaunch the IYDU after concluding that the mandate of all previously elected officers had expired.[6] This relaunch, chaired by IDU Chairman John Howard, elected a new board headed by Charlotte Spukerland. A group of IYDU member organisations boycotted the relaunch and organised a separate event in Lisbon, Portugal on 14 September 2014.[7] However the only elected board recognised by the IDU is the one elected in London, June 2014.[8]


Name Years Organisation
Mark Heywood 1992–1994 Young Liberals
Tony Zagotta 1994–1998 College Republicans
Andrew Rosindell 1998–2002 Conservative Future
Shane Frith 2002–2004 Young Nationals
Donald Simpson 2004–2006 Conservative Future Scotland
Peter Skovholt Gitmark 2006–2008 Young Conservatives
Tim Dier 2008–2010 Conservative Future
Daniel Walther 2010 – 2012 Junge Union
Nicolas Figari 2012 – 2012 Independent Democratic Union Youth
Aris Kalafatis (Acting) 2012 – 2013 Youth Organisation of New Democracy
Charlotte Spurkerland 2014 – Norwegian Young Conservatives



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  2. 1 2 Yearbook of International Organizations 2005/2006. 1. Munich: K. G. Saur Verlag. 2005. p. 2033. ISBN 978-3-598-24521-3.
  3. "Ma touts Taiwan's democratic accomplishments". Taiwan Today. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  4. Lester, Ray, ed. (2008). The New Walford Guide to Reference Resources: Volume II - Social sciences. Facet Publishing. p. 215. ISBN 978-1-85604-498-1.
  6. IDU. "IDU News". External link in |work= (help)
  7. IYDU Splinter Group. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. IDU. "International Young Democrat Union".
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