|THE SECOND GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF OIC YOUTH FORUM HAS SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED ITS WORK
(NEW LEADERSHIP ELECTED TO STEER THE WORK AHEAD)
The Second General Assembly of the Islamic Conference Youth Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation (ICYF-DC), an international institution affiliated to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held on 9-11 October, 2014 in Istanbul, has successfully completed its work.
200 participants, 45 OIC Member States, 60 delegations…
More than 200 international and local participants including 60 delegates representing 45 OIC Member States and Muslim minorities worldwide discussed the hot-topic issues related to the future of Muslim youth and the OIC countries at large. As the outcome of result-oriented deliberations the delegates adopted about 20 decision reflected in the Assembly’s Final Resolution, voted for the new Charter and expressed their position vis-à-vis situation of youth in occupied Palestine, war-torn Syria and Iraq. The Assembly also approved “Justice for Khojaly” International Awareness Campaign initiated by ICYF-DC General Coordinator for Inter-cultural Dialogue Mrs.Leyla Aliyeva as model of youth mobilization.
New Board reflects all the OIC geography
As one of important decision aimed at continuity of the organization’s work transparent and democratic elections of the new Board and the President of ICYF-DC were also successfully held by the General Assembly. According to the voting results Ambassador Elshad Iskandarov has been unanimously elected as the new President of ICYF-DC. The Assembly has also elected Mr. Reda Mehigueni, Mr. Abdurrahman Topbas and Mr. Yasser Salimi Naming as Vice-Presidents of ICYF-DC. The GA has also incorporated in the Charter the positions of ICYF-DC General Coordinators for Intercultural Dialogue and for Media and Entertainment to be selected by the Forum’s Executive Board among the outstanding young leaders of the OIC countries.
The results of the elections were announced the Closing Ceremony held on 11th of October in Ciragan Palace and honored by H.E. Iyad Ameen Al-Madani, the Secretary General of the OIC, H.E Akif Cagatay Kilic, the Minister of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Turkey, PUIC and other Turkish and inernational dignitaries. The closing ceremony was also welcomed key-note speech by Dr. Madani as well as congratulatory notes by H.E. Ahmet Davutoglu, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey and H.E. Mevlut Cavusoglu, the Minister of Foreign affairs of the Republic of Turkey.
10 Goals for 10 Years : fighting extremism and Islamophobia; advancing entrepreneurial spirit of Muslim youth; and Africa are in focus
Consolidating on the vision of Muslim youth for the future the Assembly also adopted Istanbul Youth Declaration under the title “10 GOALS for 10 YEARS” and announced Istanbul as the OIC Youth Capital for 2015-2016. The Declaration was signed by the guest dignitaries of the Assembly, is envisaged to be approved by the forthcoming OIC Foreign Affairs Ministerial and open for support by all governments, international institutions, civil society and youth leaders worldwide.
The establishment of Islamic Conference Young Entrepreneurs Network (ICYEN) as an independent yet ICYF-DC affiliated body was another decision of the Istanbul Assembly to foster financial, educational networking and training support to young Muslim entrepreneurs. As a priority goals in line with ICYF-DC mission the General Assembly – adopted Action Plan laid down concrete projects to prevent deny violent radical movements to attract young people in search of revenge, status, identity and thrill; as well as to discourage the participation of young people in “takfiri” groups.
As the special focus of the General Assembly was on Africa the delegates has approved “Face the global challenges” model project aimed at capacity building of the youth of the OIC LDCs and established a special Ad-hoc Committee on Africa.
The Assembly has also has called on OIC to put the work of Ministerial Conferences on Youth and Sport on sustainable basis with a view of achieving coordinated youth policies in the OIC geography and approved “Model OIC” initiative to be replicated in universities across the OIC.
Along with hard 3 day work delegates and guests have also enjoyed cultural tour on Sultan Ahmet Square, “Photo4Tolerance” Youth Competition Award ceremony and Bosphorus tour.