The 3rd General Assembly of “Great Silk Way” International Youth Union has been held in Baku.
The main aim of the 3rd General Assembly was to determine the future action strategy of “Great Silk Way” International Youth Union, to discuss the internal issues of the union, to evaluate the general action, to increase the positive role in promoting the cultural heritage of other peoples on the Silk Road and to strengthen the role of young people in the union’s activities.
33 youth organizations representatives had participated from 31 countries in the meeting: Albania, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Georgia, Greece, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Turkey, Spain, Russia, Israel, Ukraine, Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan, Bulgaria, China, Uzbekistan, Poland, Pakistan, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Portugal, Sri Lanka, Malta, India.
The event, which had lasted until May 19, envisaged the adoption of the Union’s political documents, identifying the Union’s international cooperation policy, youth policy, and strategic activities. At the event, parallel debate sessions of working groups had been organized, and issues discussed at those sessions had been considered in more detail. Within the framework of the meeting elections to the Board of Directors of the Union had been held and priorities for the next 3 years had been determined.
The opening ceremony of the meeting had been held with the support of the Youth Foundation of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports Farhad Hajiyev, Head of the Department on affairs with youth organizations in the Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Azerbaijan Fuad Babayev, Head of the Department on Youth Affairs in Youth Foundation of the Republic of Azerbaijan Orkhan Arabov, Adviser of the Department on Youth Policy and Sports Issues in the Presidential Administration of the Republic of Azerbaijan Aydan Karimli and also chairpersons of local youth organizations had participated in the meeting.
Great Silk Way” IYU is an international youth union was established in 2012. It is a non-commercial organization established to coordinate the activities of youth organizations and to represent and protect their common interests. The main aim and the scope of activities of the organization are promoting the intercultural and interreligious dialogue, create mutually beneficial collaboration, as well as to spread the idea of the usage of the potential of youth for sustainable development among the Silk Road countries. From 30 Silk Road and its neighbor countries, youth organizations are a member of the union.