Baku Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen affirmed that the OIC has a special strategy for youth development, which he said needs to be adopted and implemented soon.
Addressing the 4th Session of the Islamic Conference of Youth and Sports Ministers in Baku, Azerbaijan on Wednesday Al-Othaimeen said the OIC accords special attention to sports. He called for mechanisms to be put in place quickly to deliver the OIC Sports Strategy, enlisting the synergetic and coordinated efforts of all to drive welfare and create a sound environment for the youth.
The youth account for one-third of the Muslim world population, the secretary general said, explaining that the Muslim world has a young human capital, while other parts of the world are facing development challenges because of growing aging rates.
Countries across the Muslim world are experiencing high unemployment rates, coupled with the rampant spread of extremism and terrorism, along with high rates of displacement, asylum and migration, Al-Othaimeen said.
This, he explained, presents our countries with the daunting task to create favorable conditions to unlock the full potential of the youth and address related challenges.
In this vein, the secretary general stressed the need to improve educational and informational systems to best respond to the challenge of promoting identity and awareness among younger generations, thereby defeating extremist ideologies". He emphasized the need to make the best of social media to counter extremist narrative and to explore ways to retain and attract our youth, keeping them away from nihilist terror-mongering ideology.
The OIC chief commended the efforts of Azerbaijan and the Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation (ISSF) for having successfully organized the 4th edition of the Islamic Solidarity Games hosted by Baku in May 2017. He also expressed his hope the upcoming session, scheduled for 2021 in Istanbul, would be of similar success.
Source: International Islamic News Agency