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.
ICYF-DC is an Istanbul-based international organisation affiliated to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) of 57 Member States, and it represents the youth organisations and youth councils of the OIC states. 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. Elshad Iskandarov (Azerbaijan), Vice-Presidents for Arab Region Ms. Hadeel Saleh Kamel (Saudi Arabia), Vice-President for Africa Mr. Reda Mehigueni (Algeria) and Vice-President for Asia Mr. Yasser Salimi Namin (Iran) and Vice-President for International Organizations Mr. Abdurrahman Topbaş (Turkey). 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.
ICYF-DC aims at carrying out advocacy for 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 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.