Islamic Conference Youth Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation (ICYF-DC) was established at its Founding General Assembly held in Baku, Azerbaijan on 1 – 3 December 2004 in accordence with the resolution N 15/31-C adopted by the 31st session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers held on 14-16 June 2004 in Istanbul,. The Forum was granted with the status of institution affiliated to the OIC by the virtue of the resolution N3/32-C adopted by the 32nd session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers held in Sana’a, Yemen on 28-30 June 2005 .
The ICYF-DC is aimed at coordination of youth activities in the OIC countries. The Forum pursue its activities in five major fields:
- advocacy of youth interests,
- supporting sustainable development,
- promoting formal and non-formal education,
- strengthening moral values of young generation and
- engaging in the dialogue among cultures and civilizations.
The Forum is a member driven organization and consists of 35 leading national and 6 international youth organizations. The ICYF-DC’s highest decision- making body is its General Assembly. It elects 9-member Board, President and Secretary General of the Forum. The Forum’s current President is Mr.Ali Sarikaya (Turkey), Vice-Presidents Anas Al-Falah (Kuwait) and Reda Meguveni (Algeria) and Secretary General Mr. Elshad Iskandarov (Azerbaijan). Advisory Council of the ICYF-DC consists of eminent personalities representing intellectual, political and business circles of the OIC ountries. Among the Members of the Advisory Council are President of the IDB Dr. Ahmad Mohammed Ali, Assistant Secretary-General of the OIC Atta Al-Mannan Bakhit and other prominent personalities.
The ICYF-DC has established vertical links of cooperation with international institutions such as the OIC General Secretariat, IDB, ISESCO, UNDP, ICCI, Council of Europe among many others.
ICYF-DC is legally registered as international organization affiliated with the OIC both in the Host country. ICYF-DC Headquarters are resided in Istanbul at the Istanbul World Trade Center and has the following contacts.
Its Regional office for CIS countries opened in 2007 and resides in Baku, Azerbaijan.