OIC panel meets to streamline activities of youth affairs institutions

Jeddah (IINA) – The Permanent Joint Committee on Youth Affairs (PJCYA) of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) met at the OIC headquarters here on Tuesday to work out means and methods for better implementation of the outcome of the 3rd Session of the OIC Ministerial Conference of Youth and Sports Ministers held in Istanbul in October.

The session had requested the OIC secretary general to ensure that youth-related initiatives and programs of the OIC institutions are streamlined with the main goals and modality of implementation of the “OIC Youth Strategy 2015 � 2025 Vision”.

The OIC Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian, Culture and Social Affairs Ambassador Hesham Yousef who chaired the meeting noted that there is a strong need for close collaboration between the OIC institutions active in the field of youth affairs to achieve more visibility and impact for their activities on the lives of the youth in the OIC member states.

He called on the institutions to pull their resources together in supporting key events during the year to make their impact felt among the youth in OIC member states. Representatives of the key OIC institutions at the meeting also highlighted their key programs and initiatives in the field of youth support and empowerment and suggested concrete steps be taken in streamlining their activities to achieve the desired result.

The OIC institutions active in the field of youth affairs include the Islamic Conference Youth Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation (ICYF-DC), the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO); the International Union of Muslim Scouts (IUMS); Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation (ISSF); the General Directorate of Humanitarian, Culture and Social Affairs in the OIC General Secretariat; and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) which was announced as a member of the (PJCYA).

The permanent committee meeting also commended the preparation for the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan in May 2017.

Source: International Islamic News Agency