ICYF-DC Changes its Name while Adopting Important Decisions at its 3rd General Assembly

The 3rd General Assembly of the Islamic Conference Youth Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation (ICYF-DC), was held in Istanbul, the Republic of Turkey, on 22-24 October 2018 / 13-15 Safar 1440 A.H. under the theme “Solidarity for Youth Empowerment”. The Assembly was opened with a recitation of verses from the Holy Quran, followed by welcoming statement delivered by His Excellency Ambassador Elshad Iskandarov, ICYF-DC President.

The representative of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) took the floor to present on behalf of the ISESCO Director General, H.E. Dr. Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, the ISESCO award to His Excellency Ambassador Elshad Iskandarov, ICYF-DC President, as a token of appreciation for the excellent working relationship and cooperation between them and their Institutions.

The Opening Ceremony also featured passionate and inspiring key-note address by Ms. Ahed Tamimi, an icon Palestinian young activist renown for her resistance against occupation and firm stand in imprisonment when she was acknowledged globally as prisoner of conscience. Ms. Tamimi shared the resolve of young Palestinians for justice, national statehood and peace and motivated ICYF-DC members for harder work in support of justice and youth development.

During first two days of the General Assembly delegates representing 48 Member States and 5 from Muslim minorities in non-OIC Member States, who offered active deliberations on important issues to affect the organization in the coming years. The fruitful discussions resulted in important decisions to be summarized as follows:

1. Changed the name of ICYF-DC to Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF) in conformity with the renewed name of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation;

2. Adopted revisions to the Charter that included strengthening the role of the Board and regional centers of the organization; strengthening its membership procedure; opening a space for Government – to – Youth co-decision making process;

3. Revised of Membership status, which prompted the welcoming of new Members to the Institution;

4. Adopted the Report of ICYF-DC President Amb. Elshad Iskandarov on Institution’s activities between the 2nd and 3rd General Assemblies, which was unanimously hailed in terms of quantity and quality of activities that the ICYF-DC implemented since 2014 and commended ICYF-DC President and Secretariat for such important efforts.

5. Decided to initiate a process of changing the status of ICYF from OIC affiliated to OIC specialized institution while keeping its nature with primary role in decision making granted to national youth platforms; and adopted address in this regard to OIC relevant Ministerial Conferences and the OIC General Secretariat;

6. Adopted the ICYF Action Plan for 2019-2020 which highlights concrete actions and programs for the benefit of Muslim youth with identifying implementing agencies, dates, hosts and partners for each in order to make it workable action in implementing the OIC Youth Strategy.

It is important to note that two different panels were also held, one on “Intergovernmental Dialogue on Youth Development” with participation of Iran, Libya, Lebanon, Oman and Palestine, which produced the following salient points:

1. OIC Member States should be politically committed to ensure betterment of Youth in their own societies.

2. There is a need to include ethical and moral values into educational curriculum.

3. OIC Member States need to develop their National Youth Policies based on the OIC Youth Strategy that was adopted last April in Baku. In this context, it is imperative to design an implementable Plan of Action that is taken seriously by all concerned.

The other Panel was attended by ICYF Member Institutions on considering project proposals, which are to be submitted for Institution’s decision in early 2019.