Committee for ASEAN Youth Cooperation (CAYC) has been established since September 1975 in Jakarta. It was the strong determination on the part of ASEAN youth to render their contribution to the tasks of ASEAN building that culminates in the formation of CAYC.

It was envisaged that CAYC play a leading role in establishing a firm foundation for common action to promote regional cooperation and understanding, sense of belonging to ASEAN society, equality and justice among youth and youth organization in the region.

Being a part of ASEAN structure and aspiring to the ideals of ASEAN as stipulated in the ASEAN Declaration of Bangkok, August 1967, and other Declaration of ASEAN, CAYC has a meaning and fulfilling role to play in the region. CAYC made significant inroads into the ASEAN structure when it was recognized by ASEAN as an affiliate on 19 September 1983. Its other notable achievement was its numerous programs during International Youth Year (IYY).

As an ASEAN-affiliated organization since 1981, the CAYC enjoys an interactive, working link with the ASEAN Senior Officials on Youth since the former ASEAN Sub-Committee on Youth in April 1998 agreed that CAYC could participate at meetings and projects of the ASY. This recognition continues after the elevation of the ASY into the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Youth (SOMY).

The work of the CAYC as a supporting arm to the ASEAN SOMY’s efforts, will surely provide an impetus for the synergy among government agencies, the ASEAN Secretariat, and youth organizations in ASEAN, each doing its share to “promote regional cooperation in South East Asia, in the spirit of equality and partnership and thereby contribute towards peace, progress and prosperity in the region”.