By: Zaman Bajwa
Istanbul: Chairman of NYC Indonesia and Founder of OIC Youth Indonesia Tantan Taufiq Lubis, Deputy Chairperson of NYC Indonesia and Secretary General of OIC Youth Indonesia Sarief Saefulloh and Vice Chairman of NYC Indonesia and Vice President of Youth OIC Indonesia Aziz Fauzul Adzim, and Deputy Secretary General Sofyan Lausiry participated in the 4th General Assembly in Istanbul, Turkey on August 25-28 organized by the Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF). In the General Assembly H.E Mr. Taha Ayhan, President of the Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF) has presented the work report and strategy of the forum to members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
The opening ceremony which was held on August 25, 2021 was opened to the public by live streaming on various official ICYF social media. At the opening ceremony, the President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Yousef Al-Othaimeen represented by H.E Amb. Dr. Hassan A. Hassan, Director of Legal Affairs of OIC, Turkey’s Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports and Turkey’s Deputy Foreign Minister as hosts, Ministers of Youth and Sports of other OIC countries such as Palestine, Libya, Gambia, Azerbaijan and Senegal also gave a welcoming speech.
Youth representatives from 56 member countries discussed the strategies on youth development, economic empowerment, culture, arts, sports, networking, and environmental issues during the two-day meeting. Statistics and conclusions on projects developed in this area will be shared with OIC member countries. The General Assembly, which was closed to the press after the opening ceremony, will be concluded with the approval of the forum’s resolution. Founded in 2004 in Baku, ICYF is a non-commercial, non-partisan international organization that brings together leading youth umbrella organizations from OIC member countries as well as international youth organizations representing Muslim minorities around the world.