On 19 December 2017, the Islamic Conference Youth Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation (ICYF-DC) and Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of the Islamic Republic of #Iran held the closing festivities and ceremony for the #Shiraz #OIC #Youth Capital 2017 Programme, celebrating and recognizing a series of youth events in the historic city of Shiraz throughout the year. In this time, hundreds of youth from Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Member States and Muslim minorities in non-OIC Member States engaged in events and activities emphasizing the role of youth in Islamic art, artistic culture, and intellectual heritage and above all in developing new narratives for constructive change and prosperous growth while familiarizing them with common values of Islamic culture and history.

During the Grand Closing Ceremony, H.E. Amb. Elshad Elshad Iskandarov, President of the ICYF-DC delivered a keynote speech appreciating the successful implementation of the Shiraz-OIC Youth Capital 2017 International Programme throughout the year by partner organizers. In his remarks, he emphasized that the main objective of the OIC Youth Capital International programme is to spread solidarity among youth as with the solidarity shown for Al-Quds by H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the President of the Republic of Turkey in his capacity as the Chair of the OIC Islamic Summit. H.E. Amb. Iskandarov also highlighted that in the 2nd year of the OIC Youth Capital the programme definitively reached its goals while holding around 20 activities throughout the year of 2017.