9.2 Administration and governance
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A general policy framework on the works, initiatives and participation of the youth in the international arena is presented in the policy field “Youth in the International Arena” in the National Youth and Sports Policy Document (Ulusal Gençlik ve Spor Politikası Belgesi). The Ministry of Youth and Sports, with the internationally participated projects, mobility projects triggering international interaction and cooperation it organises, encourages the youth to become a part of the youth work in the international arena. In addition to internationally participated projects it carried out directly, within the scope of Youth Project Support Program of the Ministry of Youth and Sports (Gençlik ve Spor Bakanlığı Gençlik Projeleri Destek Programı), non-governmental organisations are supported in the manner that enables the youth to meet other youth work channels in the international arena or set the ground for them to establish cooperation with other non-governmental organisations in the international arena.
After the adoption of new governmental system, with the issuing of Presidential Decree 1 dated 10/07/2018 General Directorate of International Organisations ve Foreign Relations has been established within the Ministry of Youth and Sports. This new directorate general contributes to the alignement of national youth policy with EU and CoE standarts.
In Turkey, Erasmus + Programme is carried out by the National Agency (Centre for EU Education and Youth Programs) in such a way that enables the youth and non-governmental organisations to participate in meetings and cooperation in the international arena.
One of the main examples of the cooperation between public authorities and non-governmental organisations in the sense of youth participation and cooperation in the international arena is the cooperation and joint work established between the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.
The “Islamic World Youth Capital Programme” put into practice for the first time in cooperation with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation is organised jointly by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Islamic Conference Youth Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation (ICYF-DC) and Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. In this context, a Cooperation Protocol was signed between the Ministry of Youth and Sports and Islamic Conference Youth Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation (ICYF-DC) on 10 April 2015 and the Istanbul Islamic World Youth Capital program was launched. Within the scope of Istanbul Islamic World Youth Capital Program (İstanbul İslam Dünyası Gençlik Başkenti Programı), the International Youth Photography Contest was realised between 21 October - 27 November 2015 by participation of amateur and professional photographers between the age of 18-35. The Contest has been a great platform to show the importance of Istanbul for the youth in the Islamic world as its shelter, spiritual, historical and geopolitics position along with showing the vision of Istanbul from the eye of the young photographers. Furthermore, Y-Istanbul First Islamic World Youth Capital Film Awards short film festival was carried out within the scope of the 3rd Bosphorus Film Festival within the framework of the theme Youth Creativity for Global Solutions.