IYG are held in order to strengthen the consciousness of brotherhood and solidarity among young muslims, to increase the consciousness of the unity, to form friendships between young ones coming from different countries and to form the consciousness of responsibility about the future of Islamic world. It is tried to make the Islamic world be all together by sharing thoughts about political, educational, religious, economic and social problems. Up to today, there has been 12 International Youth Gatherings organized in Indonesia, Sudan, Morocco, Albania, Cyprus, Malaysia and Turkey along with the first one held in 2008 and over 1000 young people from almost 50 different countries participated in these International Youth Gatherings. Young UNIW that brings young people together, who are impatient for the future to come and always develop themselves, will continue to organize such activities having importance for the Islamic world.
Our International Youth Gatherings; Muslim young people have a basic purpose to come together to strengthen the consciousness of brotherhood and solidarity, to disseminate the idea of unity, to give a sense of responsibility to their homeland and the future of the Islamic world. We discussed the theme of "Sustainable Future for Youth" at the 13th International Youth Gathering. Our six-day meeting, which lasted for six days, started with the opening ceremony, the Academic Forum (1st day in Ankara, 2nd day in Konya) and the attendees in Ankara, which started for two days and the two days meeting in Ankara and Konya, And culture trips and completed with the closing program in Konya. The main topic of our program, the Academic Forum, was the speakers and speakers of NGO representatives in the field: "The Future of Migrated Youth," "How Should the Brain Migration from Muslim Countries be Managed" and "Young Ideas on Institutional Models".
12th International Youth Gathering, organized by Youth Board of the Union of NGOs of the Islamic World (Young UNIW), was held in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, this year. More than 200 young participants from more than 30 countries attended the program held between 31 January and 6 February, with the support of Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) and Malaysian Islamic Youth Movement (ABIM). The main heading of the program has been determined as, “Islam and Youth”. Many intellectuals, journalists, scholars, academicians and press members participated in the program. After the opening speeches, the first conference was given with the participation of 700 people including many distinguished attendants. The first speaker was Tariq Ramadan who is proffessor in the Faculty of Oriental Studies in Oxford University. Following this, Felix Marquardt from France, Syed Muhammad Khaırudın Aljunied from Singapore and Zulkifli Hassan from Malaysia made rich presantations about the topic “Islam as a Mercy to the Worlds”. The second part of the program continued with academic forums and workshops. Young people from different places of the world got the opportunity to meet, have a conversation and hold consultations to find solutions for the problems of Islamic World. During the presentations Secretary General of UNIW Ali Kurt and Council Members of UNIW Ahmad Azam bin Abdul Rahman and S. M. Reshiduzzaman talked to young participants to emphasize importance of this kind of activities for Islamic World. Throughout the program, various activities organized for the participants to get to know each other. And to be acquainted whit the place, participants visited many museums, Cultural Centers both local and global. Also, several tours organized to the cities such as Kuala Lumpur, Shah Âlem, and Putrajaya. The program finished with the closing part on 6th February via speeches about the aim of which was to create consciousness of alliance among the young people from different parts of the world, and thus make them acquire awareness and perception management.
11th International Youth Gathering was held between the dates 27-21 June, 2014 in Sakarya with a main theme of the role of Youth in NGOs. 11th IYG brought together many young representatives from Turkey and around the world. More specifically, there were 150 youngs participated in the program from 45 countries around the world. The program continued in coorparation with Sakarya University, Sakarya Metropolitan Municipality and ORMER SAMEC. Within the forum leading intellectuals, journalists, thinker, academicians and press members from Turkey such as Emrah Atilla, Yasemin Bozkurt, Sevki Yılmaz, from foreign countries such as Omer Elkabti, Mohd Faiz bin Mohd Yusop, Agastya Harjunadhi, Dan Michi, Mussab Alawad and many more either made presentations or spoke about different topics. Some of the topics covered were the role of youth, the problems of Young Muslims in Europe, The situation of Youth in Asia-Pacific and the operations and activities of youth through non-governmental organizations. 150 young from different countries such as Turkey, Egypt, Malaysia, United States, Albania, Russia, Bulgaria, East Turkistan, Indonesia, Romania, Kazakhstan..etc who are students in bachelor, master and PhD degrees studying in international relations, communication and media, economy, business, law, engineering, computer-technology, philology etc. departments participated to the gathering.
10th International Youth Gathering organized by the Union of NGOs of the Islamic World (UNIW) twice a year, was held in Tirana, the capital of Albania this year. More than 200 young and distinguished participants from more than 50 countries aged between 18 and 28 attended the program held between 20-26 September 2013. Via this program was held in the Balkans one of the places where Islam is practiced in the greatest way, the Muslim young people from different places of the world got the opportunity to meet, have a conversation and hold consultations to find solutions for the problems of the Ummah with their Muslim brothers in the Balkans. The main heading of the forum has been determined as “The problems of the Balkans and Solution Offers”. At the 3-day forum at Tiran International Hotel, the Muslim young people from the Balkan countries expressed the problems in their home country, and thus got the opportunity to make their voice heard by their other Muslim brothers without aintercessor. The young people attending the forum from different places of the world presented declarations on the viewpoint of their countries about the Balkans. As a result of exchange of opinions and experiences, what can be done to solve the problems in short and long term were discussed in detail. Syria and Egypt being still on the agenda were handled on the last day of the 3-day forum. On the first day of the forum, the participants from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia made presentations on their problems in their home country. In addition, UNIW General Coordinator and Executive Board Member of the Project of Progressive Cooperation and Contact with the Balkans Cihangir İşbilir, Prof. Dr. Kani Nesimi from Macedonia Tetova State University, the former UN Ambassador to Albania and politician Abdi Baleta delivered speeches over the status quo of the Balkans and their problems. On the second day of the forum, the young participants who came from Malaysia, Russia, Yemen, the USA, Morocco, Afghanistan, and have so many different academic majors presented declarations on their countries’ relation with the Balkans. At the end of the first two days, all participants shared their opinions on the problems of the Balkans in economy, politics, education, religion and society, and tried to create a roadmap which will enable the Muslim World to act in the framework of a common mind. On the last day of the forum, exchanges of detailed information and analysis on Syria and Egypt, the bleeding wounds of the Muslim World, were done. In this context, Abdulkadir Karakelle, making researches on Mideast politics, made a presentation titled “How should we read Middle East?” Then, Ahmet Yusuf el-Turki, the representative for Turkey of Ihvan Youth Branches evaluated the events in Egypt under the title “What’s happening in Egypt?”, Ahmet Büyükgümüş gave an end to the “Middle East” topic of the forum with his presentation titled “Political Change in Syria” Finally, Chief Editor of Timeturk Nevzat Çiçek delivered a speech. Thus, the last day of the forum came to an end. Throughout the forum, 12 specialist speakers and 40 young speakers from 30 made their presentations. A final declaration was laid out and released to the public at the end of the academic forum, the aim of which was to create conscience of alliance among the young people from different parts of the world, and thus make them acquire awareness and perception management.
9th International Youth Gathering (IYG), organized by the Union of NGOs of the Islamic World (UNIW) twice a year, was held in Cyprus in 2013. More than 100 young and distinguished participants from more than 40 countries aged between 18 and 28 attended the program held between January 29 and February 4, 2013. The youth coming from Middle East, South Asia, Europe, Africa, the USA and Central Asia as the representatives of the NGOs in their countries where they work actively attended the 7-day program in Nicosia and Istanbul. Major figures in the political, academic and bureaucratic fields participated in the opening program held in Turkish Republic of North Cyprus (TRNC) on January 29, 2013. The venue of the program has a special importance in terms of demonstrating to the participants from abroad that TRNC is one of the excellent places of the Islamic World. As in all IYGs, a forum was conducted in the 9th IYG, too. The main theme of the forum was picked as “The Problematic Regions in the Islamic World and Solution Offers”. Muslim young students from many parts of the world talked about the problems in their countries during the 3-day forum held at the Cyprus Near East University exchanging their ideas with their fellow Muslim brothers and sisters without any intermediary. Having exchanged opinions and experiences, they tried to find long term and short term solutions to the problems presented. Young participants coming from different places such as Somalia, East Turkistan, Yemen, USA, Russia and Palestine studying or holding degrees in various fields shared the economic, political, educational, religious and social problems of the Muslims in their countries, and tried to find common solutions for those problems by expressing that the Islamic world needs to act in the framework of a common mind. Respected speakers such as the Ambassador to Chad Prof.Dr. Ahmet KAVAS, Chairman of South Africa Strategic Research Center (GASAM) and AK Party MP for Gaziantep Mr. Ali ŞAHİN, Rapporteur for International NGOs of European Council Veysel FİLİZ, Expert in the Balkans from Macedonia Prof. Dr. Ali Pajaziti, Academician from Lebanon Sami el Hatib, Chairman of Sadakataşı Association Kemal Özdal, Chairman of Wefa Charity Organization Musab Aydın and Deputy Secretary General of İHH Hasan Aynacı delivered their speeches in different sessions of the forum. 5 expert speakers, 35 young speakers from 30 countries and chairmen and deputy chairmen of 3 charity organizations gave their presentations.
8th International Youth Gathering was held between the dates 7-12 July 2012 in Istanbul. 8th IYG gathered many young representatives from Turkey and around the world. After opening ceremony in Ali Emiri Cultural Center, the program continued in Üsküdar Youth Center. Within the forum leading intellectuals, journalists, thinker, academicians and press members from Turkey as Fahri Sarrafoğlu, İbrahim Eren, Yusuf Kaplan, Mustafa Özcan, Turan Kışlakçı also presented papers. Within this context subjects as Mass and Printed Media, Social Media and Internet Security, the Media and Youth Factor in Arab Spring, New Media Order Influence on Society and Youth, Islamic Perspective of Youth and Media Contradiction as Potential Power were discussed. Participants were between 18-30 years old who works for various NGOs in the countries like Turkey, Middle East, Africa, Southeast, Central Asia, Russia and Europe. “Media and Youth” headed forum was held and participants presented papers under various subtitles. 100 young from the countries like Morocco, Senegal, Iraq, Pakistan, Lebanon, England, Kazakhstan, Sudan, Bahrain, Macedonia, Russia, Palestine, Al-Quds, Albania, Yemen, Syria, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia and Iran who are student in bachelor, master and PhD degrees studying in international relations, communication and media, economy, business, law, engineering, computer-technology, philology etc. departments participated to the gathering.
7th International Youth Gathering was held between the dates 23-29 January 2012 in Sudan by the Union of the NGOs of the Islamic World. With the participation of representatives from UNIW member NGOs from different countries “The Youth’s Role in the Unity of Islamic World” headed forum was also held and a final declaration was read within the program. Vice President of the Republic, a great number of ministers, the mayor, academicians, press members and leading figures participated to the opening ceremony in Martyr Zubair M. Salim Conference Hall which belongs with the founder member of UNIW, Islamic Call Organization. In the speeches, while the role of Muslim youth and importance of volunteer works of civil society was mentioned, the young ones from Arab Spring countries was congratulated and appreciated. The speakers also congratulated Turkey and Turkish people for especially the initiative that they took with Mavi Marmara and for breaking the embargo on Gaza, and also for Somalia being in the first place and other regions. While underlining that the threats and challenges which Muslim world faces are complicated and multidimensional; the Islamophobia in as Russia, China, Thailand, Europe which Muslims live as minority was pointed out. Occupations and human rights abuses in Chechnya, East Turkestan, Kashmir, Iraq and Afghanistan were discussed and politics which were carried out to decrease the influence of Islam in cultural, social and political areas in Balkans are pointed out. Participants mentioned that they are with Syrian people who suffer under massacres and violence, and put into words their prayers for revolution to succeed. The Gathering which was held in the care of Sudan Vice President Dr. Al HacAdemYousef and hosted by Sudan National Agency for Development and Sudan National Youth Union ended after reading the final declaration.
6th International Youth Gathering was held between the dates 11-17 July 2011 in Istanbul with the participation of 105 young NGO representatives from 50 countries. Subjects as “Human Rights in Islamic World”, “Latest News in Arab World and Arab Spring”, “Problems of Muslims Living in West” were discussed in the forum which aims to strengthen the conscious of unity and brotherhood and socio-cultural solidarity among young. Within the program, leading NGOs and institutitons; historic, regional and cultural places in Istanbul were visited.
5th International Youth Gathering was held in Morocco between the dates 23-30 January 2011 by the Union of NGOs of the Islamic World (UNIW). The organization hosted by Mahdi Bin Aboud Research Development and Information Foundation, had participants from Turkey, Iraq, Indonesia, Malaysia, America, Morocco, England, Gambia, Yemen, Russia, Ivory Coast, Comor Islands and Bahrain. In the first day of the program, participants was hosted by Prof. Dr. Abbas Cirari who is the advisor of Muhammad, 6th King of Morocco. Participants visited various NGOs in the country. Also Morocco Foreign Affairs Ministry gave information to the participants about foreign policy of the country. After the forum headed “Youth and Civil Society” and the visits cultural, historical and religious places to know better the cultural make up and texture of the city, 16 point declaration named “Marrakesh Declaration” was read.
4th International Youth Gathering was held in Istanbul between the dates 12-18 July 2010 by the Union of NGOs of the Islamic World (UNIW). After the first phase which was held in Ali Emiri Cultural Center, workshops were completed in Bursa. 120 representatives from 17 countries participated to the Gathering which was held by Women Family and Youth Commission of UNIW. UNIW Secretary General Necmi Sadıkoğlu gave the opening speech in the program which subjects as “Islamic Civilization Legacy”, “Western Civilization – Definition – Basic Parameters”, “Modernization”, “Westernization”, “Secularization”, “CulturalHegemony – Cultural Imperialism” were discussed. The second section of the program composed of workshops with “Islamic Civilization” main theme was held in Bursa hosted by Bursa Metropolitan Municipality. After the workshops, participants visited the NGOs in Bursa and got a chance to see the historical and touristic places of the city. In the end of the 4th IYG, 22 point declaration headed “Islamic Civilization” was read. The declaration underlined that Muslims need to work for unity, solidarity, peace and mutual understanding.
3rd International Youth Gathering was held in Indonesia between the dates 17-24 January 2010 by the Union of NGOs of the Islamic World (UNIW). With the participation of 150 representatives from 16 countries, “Youth’s Role and Education in the Change of the World” themed forum was also held within the gathering. Participants from different countries presented papers in Indonesia University Economy Faculty with the slogan; “Better Education, Better Future”. Minister of Social Affairs, Deputy Rector and various leading NGO representatives participated to the forum. Depok Municipality, Jakarta Governorship, Social Affairs Ministry, Ministry of Agriculture, Information Ministry and Ministry of Youth and Sport gave dinner in honour of the 3rd IYG participants. Also the participants was hosted by Vice President of the Assembly in Indonesia Parliament and got a chance to listen a speech about the importance of youth. The gathering continued in the West Java region hosted by the state governor of Bandung and ended after reading a mutual declaration in the same hall which Historic Bandung Declaration was read.
2nd International Youth Gathering was held in Istanbul between the dates 8-16 August 2009 by the Union of NGOs of the Islamic World (UNIW). 60 people from 17 countries and 40 people from Turkey participated to the gathering. Importance of this kind of events pointed out on behalf of improving politics by Islamic world toward the conditions of the age. Performing similar organizations was demanded. Foreigner participants shared their experiences about their countries. Within the program, successful NGOs in Turkey which works in different fields was visited. On the last day of the gathering sightseeing was done in Istanbul.
1st International Youth Gathering was held in Istanbul between the dates 15-25 August 2008 by the Union of NGOs of the Islamic World (UNIW). The gathering with the participation of 60 people from 25 countries was fruitful. The project which is performed for the first time, aims to strengthen the conscious of unity, solidarty, brotherhood, and constitute friendship environment among Muslim youth. Also providing connection between the young gathered under the roof of UNIW who is responsible for the future of their countires was another purpose of the gathering. Thus the participants will realize the importance of what they did and will share their experiences and encourage the other people.