The 4th session of the Islamic Conference of Youth and Sports Ministers (ICYSM) began on April 18 2018 in Baku under the title of “Solidarity in Action for Youth Development”, with ICYF-DC serving as the mandated secretariat of the conference, following a day of preparatory Senior Officials Meetings on April 19 2018.
High level officials from OIC member states, OIC’s specialized agencies on youth, young leaders from around the Islamic world and a number of experts attended the said meeting.
The meeting was chaired by the Minister of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Azerbaijan, HE Azad Rahmov, after the transfer of the chairmanship of the conference from the Republic of Turkey. The conference was also headed by HE Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ferhad Hacıyev, the President of the Islamic Conference Youth Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation (ICYF-DC) Amb. Elshad Iskandarov, as well as Secretary General of the Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation (ISSF) Mr. Mohammed S. Al Garnas and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) General Secretariat. As the conference proceeds, issues to be addressed include the OIC Youth Strategy, the Joint Action Plan for Youth, and other related resolutions. The agenda also included a speech by the OIC Secretary General Yousef al-Othaimeen, and reports by the Islamic Conference Youth Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation (ICYF-DC) and the Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation (ISFF). In the end, the meeting will adopt the Final Report of the Conference and the Baku Declaration.