This marked the beginning of the World Alliance of YMCAs.
The conference adopted the Paris Basis, a common mission for all present and future national YMCAs.
The World Alliance's main motto is "empowering young people".
With regard to the history and purpose of the founding, this "organization and its female counterpart (YWCA) were established to provide low-cost housing in a safe Christian environment for rural young men and women journeying to the cities." It was associated with industrialization and the movement of young people to cities to work.
Two themes resonated during the council: the need to respect the local autonomy of YMCA societies, and the purpose of the YMCA: to unite all young, male Christians for the extension and expansion of the Kingdom of God.