On 29th August 2022, the Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF) convened its 9th Executive Board Meeting on the sidelines of the Kazan Global Youth Summit in Kazan, the Republic of Tatarstan (RF). During the meeting, the report of the ICYF President’s activities between the 8th and 9th Meetings was presented to the board members.
The Kazan Global Youth Summit was a huge success, as witnessed by the high turnout of attendees from different regions around the world. Dr. Sidra Tariq Jamil, Expert at the Center for Civilizational Dialogue of Islamic World Educational at the Scientific & Cultural Organization, shared the outcomes of the Intercultural Dialogue and Equity of Opportunities for Youth session. Mr.Pavel Savchuk, Chairman of the All-Russian Public Organization “Russian Red Cross,” Member of the Board of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, shared the Well-being and Mental Health session outcomes. Mr. Rasul Omarov, Director General of the Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum, summed up the event with a speech.
The Kazan Global Youth Summit officially kicked off in Kazan, Tatarstan (RF), with the participation of 300 delegates from 67 countries. The event commenced with an opening ceremony and the “Intercultural Dialogue and Equal Opportunities for Youth” panel. H.E. Leyla Fazleeva – Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan, Timur Suleymanov, the Minister of Youth Affairs, Republic of Tatarstan, Ibrahim Hissein Ibrahim, the Advisor of the OIC Secretary General, H.E. Foutsou Monouna the Minister of Youth Affairs and Civic Education of the Republic of Cameroon, Fatima Khawaja Shaza, the Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Youth Affairs of Pakistan, Kamil Hazrat Samigullin the Mufti, Head of the Muslim Board, ICYF President H.E. Taha Ayhan, Saeed Al Nazari, the Director General of the Federal Youth Authority, Mahmud Erol Kılıç, the Director General of IRCICA, and H.E. Bilal Erdogan, the World Ethnosport Confederation President, were among the special guests in attendance.
The session touched on many issues, including the methods and approaches to developing and implementing youth programs, best practices of interaction with young people, and creating conditions and incentives for developing an intercultural dialogue among the youth.
The VI. edition of the Young Diplomats Forum was held on the 19th of May 2022, as part of the 13th International Economic Summit: Russia-Islamic World: Kazan Summit with the participation of government representatives in Kazan, Tatarstan (RF). The young diplomats were received by H.E. Rustam Minnikhanov the president of Tatarstan.
H.E. Mr. Taha Ayhan, the President of ICYF, delivered a speech at the Forum to highlight the importance of creating a multilateral platform for empowering young diplomats.
H.E. Rustam Minnikhanov, the President of the Republic of Tatarstan (RF) met with the participants of the Forum of Young Diplomats of the OIC. The meeting, which was held in the House of the Government of the Republic of Tatarstan, was attended by representatives of 17 member states of the OIC.
His Excellency welcomed the participants by saying “I would like to welcome you to Kazan once again. This forum helps to strengthen our contacts with the countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation,”.
The event marked the 6th installment of the forum which covered a wide array of issues including the role of Tatarstan in developing international cooperation with the OIC countries.
VIII Kazan OIC Youth Entrepreneurship Forum (hybrid format) was held at Kazan Summit in Kazan Tatarstan (RF) on 19-21 May 2022 which was co-organized by the Eurasian Regional Center of Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF-ERC), the Ministry of Youth Affairs of the Republic of Tatarstan, and Tatarstan Republic Youth Social Fund “Selet”.
The Kazan OIC Youth Entrepreneurship Forum is an annual youth entrepreneurship forum within the framework of the “Russia and Islamic world” that aims to support new start-up ideas of youth.
H.E. Mr. Taha Ayhan, the ICYF President, delivered a speech at the both opening and closing ceremony to emphasize the importance of organizing forums investment summits for youth startups to overcome substantial economic problems of the youth through a multi-level strategic approaches.
We are glad to announce the names of the winners of the Holy Qur’an Recitation Competition, which took place in Kazan under the Kazan OIC Youth Capital 2022 in partnership with the Ministry of Youth Affairs of the Republic of Tatarstan, ICYF, the Academy of Youth Diplomacy, Tatarstan Republican Youth Public Foundation “SELET” and the Muslim Board of the Republic of Tatarstan from the 17th to 20th of May 2022 with the support of the President of the Republic of Tatarstan.
The contest brought together 50 participants from more than 20 countries in Eurasia and Africa aged 18 to 30 years.
The jury selected the three best Quran reciters from both the men’s and women’s categories.
Here are the winners:
1st place Musa Gaytiyev (Chechnya, Russia)
2nd place Mahmoud Khaled Mahmoud Sweid (Egypt)
3rd place Hamad Abdullah T.A. Aljumaily (Qatar)
1st place: Dewi Yukha Nidha (Indonesia)
2nd place: Israa Mohammed Esam Salah (Palestine)
3rd place: Halima Abdinasir Ahmed (Great Britain)
The winners were awarded their prizes by the President of the Republic of Tatarstan, with the 2nd and 3rd place winners receiving digital devices.
Chafa’atou Issoufou Mahamadou from Niger scooped the special prize.
The Opening Ceremony of the Holy Qur’an Recitation Competition under the Kazan OIC Youth Capital 2022 was held successfully in partnership with the Ministry of Youth Affairs of the Republic of Tatarstan, the ICYF , the Academy of Youth Diplomacy, Tatarstan Republican Youth Public Foundation “SELET” and the Muslim Board of the Republic of Tatarstan as a hybrid program on 17 May 2022 in Kazan, Tatarstan (RF).
The Ceremony started with welcoming remarks by H.E. Mr. Timur Suleymanov, the Minister of Youth Affairs of the Republic of Tatarstan, Mufti Mr. Kamil Hazrat Samigullin, Chairman of the Muslim Board of the Republic of Tatarstan, Mr. Aidar Shagimardanov, President of Muslim Entrepreneurs of the Russian Federation and Mr. Rasul Omarov, Director-General of the ICYF, who delivered a speech on behalf of the ICYF President.
The yearlong programme of this year’s capital kicked off with the Holy Qur’an Recitation Competition for young reciters to get acquainted with the rules and essence of recitation with Tajweed of the Qur’an.
The hybrid competition brought 5 Young Females Reciters and 37 Young Male Reciters from 22 different countries from OIC Member States and Muslim Minorities together to enhance the practice and study of the Holy Qur’an among young reciters.
On March 16, 2022, H.E. Rustam Minnikhanov, the President of the Republic of Tatarstan hosted a reception for the Kazan OIC Youth Capital 2022 inauguration ceremony, which was attended by Mr. Mashkovcev Oleg Aleksandrovich, Deputy Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Volga Federal District, Mrs. Fazleeva Leyla Rinatovna, Vice Prime Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan, Mr. Timur Suleymanov, the Minister of Youth Affairs of Tatarstan and consul-generals of the OIC Member States accredited in Kazan.
Mr. Rasul Omarov, the ICYF Director-General, delivered speech on behalf of the ICYF President at the reception.
Tatar Youth celebrated the Inauguration of the OIC Youth Capital International Programme in Kazan with colorful festivities.
Kazan OIC Youth Capital 2022 is ready to welcome youth from the OIC region and beyond!
MOSCOW (AA) – The Inauguration ceremony of the “Kazan – Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Youth Capital 2022” international program was held in Moscow, capital of Russia.
The ceremony, hosted by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was attended by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, President of Tatarstan and Russian-Islamic World Strategy Vision Group President Rustam Minnikhanov, as well as Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF) Director General Mr. Rasul Omarov, and the head of the Federal Department of Youth Affairs Kseniya Razuvayeva.
Tatar Turkish folk songs were performed in front of the OIC ambassadors and heads of international organizations present during the occasion.
Participants of the event toured the exhibition dedicated to celebrating the 1100th anniversary of the adoption of the Islam by Volga Bulgarian community.
During his speech at the event, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov stated that the dialogue between his country and the OIC member states had improved. “Many Muslim countries have been Russia’s international partners for a long time. Commitment to developing cooperation between states within the framework of principles of equality, mutual consideration of interests and concerns unites us” he said.
Lavrov emphasized the importance of respecting the culture and traditions of all people by saying, “At the same time, we reject attempts to brutally export democracy, to aggressively impose ultra-liberal values and their use in the geopolitical game of relations in the fields of culture, education, and sports”
In this context, Lavrov emphasized the significance of Kazan as the OIC Youth Capital and stated that Tatarstan is a melting pot for religions, civilizations, and old traditions.
“This is the key to any country’s progress. We are glad that Tatarstan leads other Russian regions in developing democratic foreign ties” – he stated.
Minister Lavrov expressed that they are ready to support Kazan in establishing cooperation.
– Minnikhanov: “This date is of great importance for all Muslims”
Tatarstan President Rustem Minnikhanov further remarked that the state’s capital, which has observer status in the OIC, was honored for the first time with the title of Youth Capital. “This is especially significant on the 1100th anniversary of the conversion of the Volga Bulgarians to Islam. This date is significant for all Muslims” he said.
Noting that this year would be marked by a variety of events in Tatarstan, Minnikhanov presented information on the upcoming meeting of the Russia-Islamic World Strategy Vision Group.
– ICYF Director-General Omarov: “Our aim is to establish strong relations between people”
Rasul Omarov, Director-General of ICYF, remarked that Russia is home to a diverse range of people, beliefs, and languages, which is why Kazan was chosen as the OIC Youth Capital.
“Our purpose is to bring together our youth and friends from all over the world, to declare Kazan’s message of peace and friendship to the world, and to develop strong relationships between peoples” Omarov added.
Omarov expressed his optimism that young people will contribute to making the world a better place by stating that humans have passed through numerous tests in recent years.
– OIC Youth Capital Key Handed Over to Kazan
At the ceremony, the key to the OIC Youth Capital was presented to Kazan.
At the occasion, which was followed by a concert, attendees were treated to the tastes of the Tatar cuisine.
– OIC Youth Capital Title
The OIC Youth Capital International Program was initiated by the Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF) at its 2nd General Assembly, held in October 2014. The idea of a set of events within the framework of the OIC Youth Capital was supported by delegates of ICYF member youth organizations.
In November 2021, at the Executive Board Meeting of the Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum, it was decided to award the title “OIC Youth Capital – 2022” to the city of Kazan. The status was assigned to a city of the Russian Federation with Muslim majority, an observer state in the OIC, for the first time.