ICYF-DC President: SDGs should give priority to the OIC youth

ICYF-DC President: SDGs should give priority to the OIC youth

ICYF-DC President: SDGs should give priority to the OIC youth

22 April, 2015 Monaco

“Monaco in itself symbolizes human choice between utmost consumerism and human values. It is a place, where a single person can misspend overnight a fortune, which could sustain the whole Somali refugee camp for a year. However, it is also home for global initiatives like the one of Jan Custo on preserving the Ocean. So there are always right choices to be made”.

Ambassador Elshad Iskandarov, the President of ICYF-DC has delivered a speech at the 13th Annual Forum of the Convention of Independent Financial Advisors (CIFA), started on 22th April, 2015 in Monaco. Commending the forum as a very timely initiative ahead of adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Iskandarov expressed his views on how the growing youth population of the OIC region fits into this developmental framework.

By referring to analyses which led to formulation of ICYF-DC Developmental Strategy as adopted in the “10 Goals in 10 Year” Istanbul Declaration, ICYF-DC President pointed that  500 million strong youth population of the OIC is an important factor for realization of SDGs  while approaching the connections between the two from point of 3 important challenges.

The first challenge is youth unemployment which is only in MENA region standing at 28 % against the world’s 12%.

The second is the impact of unemployment and strained social lifting to the security environment of MENA region.

The third is related to problem of migrants from OIC countries to the EU, in particular growing trend of Islamophobia toward migrants.

“In this regard for a healthy sustainable development, all levels of challenges should be addressed in complexity” – said Iskandarov.


Concluding his speech Amb. Iskandarov underlined that for SDGs consultation process, priority regions which will have greater affect on global development agenda should be identified; a bolder, more imaginative cross-regional programme of actions is urgently needed; a programme which addresses demand and supply-side together, which considers not just national but regional and intra-regional labor markets as part of a global whole, and which acknowledges the limitations and frailties of labor markets in regions with historically distortionary development strategies.



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