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Turkey hosts International Youth Forum

Aug 19, 2016, 10:09 AM | Article By: Yaya B. Baldeh reporting from Turkey

An international youth conference on the theme ‘Youth in Action: For peace, solidarity and common values’ is currently underway at Antalya city, southern Turkey. The event started on 10 August and will run through to 24 August 2016.

The forum is organised by the Islamic Conference Youth Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation (ICYF-DC), an international organisation affiliated to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), and hosted by the Turkish Ministry of Youth and Sports. 

Oanisers said the forum is designed to create an atmosphere where participants will discuss and point out challenging issues confronting the youth world and to further suggest solutions to the highlighted problems.

Abdurrahman Topbas, vice-president of ICYF-DC, speaking at the welcoming ceremony, said the forum seeks to raise awareness of young people towards prevalent values, history, culture and civilisation and to reunite them under a common vision for the future.

He said their strategic objective is to provide young minds of the ‘Ummah’ the opportunity to deliver their potentials through leadership.

“We want to see that the development of young people sensitive to global and social issues that would empower them through leadership qualities,” Mr Topbas explained.

Melik Ecertas, chairman, youth branch of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), in his presentation on the ‘Importance of unity and solidarity among the youth’, said young people are very fundamental in promoting unity and friendship.

He called on participants to use this forum as a stepping stone to begin their networking and partnership in order to foster a better society for the youth.

In an interview with The Point newspaper Turkey correspondent, Malick Jallow, a Gambian student representative at the conference, said he is full of praise and appreciation to see the Gambian flag among the flags of OIC member countries.

Malick, a sociology student at Ankara Yildrim Beyazit University in Turkey, said the forum accorded him a unique opportunity to interact with different people across the world.

The young aspiring Gambian sociologist said the topic presented at the forum will further enhance his understanding of the world, more importantly, his immediate society.

The topics presented included Islam and democracy, international relations; Islamic thoughts in modern and post-modern age.

Another Gambian, Sulayman Marenah, a representative of the Ministry of Youth and Sports of The Gambia, is participating in the event.