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EACEA National Policies Platform


9. Youth and the World

9.2 Administration and governance

Last update: 26 March 2024
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  2. Cross-sectorial cooperation


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.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the most important government body concerning foreign policy and international relations.

The Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB) conducts activities related to Turkish citizens living abroad, related communities and international students studying in Türkiye.

Cross-sectorial cooperation

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.

Islamic Cooperation Youth Day, celebrated on the 3rd of September each year since 2017 has been organized in 2023 through collaboration between the Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Türkiye and Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF), a subsidiary institution of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). In the organized event, speeches and discussions took place on topics such as volunteering, problems of young people in Muslim countries and their proposed solutions and combating discrimination and extremism.