Youth and sports

The issues of youth and sports have always been under the special attention of the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan. According to the Decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan dated June 26, 1994 the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Tourism was established as a central state body for providing sports and youth policy. It has been called the Ministry of Youth and Sports since 2006. Appropriate measures have been taken for ethical and physical development of the new generation, the protection of the rights of the youth and for their participation in the international events.

Following legislative acts aiming to strengthen the work on physical, mental and ethical, patriotic training of the youth and the solution of their social-economic problems have been adopted:

- Decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan on "State assistance to the talented youth" (June 22, 1996);     

- Decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan on "Providing special scholarships for the talented youth" (September 13, 1997);      

- Decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan on "State youth policy" (July 29, 1999);      

- The Program "Young family" (February 16, 1999);     

 - Decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan on "Enhancement of the patriotism and civil feelings of the youth" (February 17, 1999);      

- "National Program on solution of social, economic, etc. problems of talented adolescent and creative young people, helping to develop their abilities" (August 4, 2000);     

 - "Occupancy of the young people, dismissed from the army" (August 23, 2000).

- “Azerbaijani Youth in 2011-2015” State Program (July 7, 2011)

Since 1997 the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Tourism have been cooperating with the appropriate institutions within the framework of European Cultural Convention. In 1997 the representatives of the Ministry participated in the symposium entitled "Cooperation on work with youth between the countries of Central and Western Europe" in Strasburg. They also took part in the other events organized by the Council of Europe and invited the representatives of the Council of Europe and European Youth Forum to Baku. By the invitation of Azerbaijan the Director of Youth and Sports of the Council of Europe Lasse Syurala visited Baku in 1999. During her visit she met with the governmental representatives, visited refugee settlements. Round table with her participation on the topic "Azerbaijani youth in the international arena" was held within her visit and different aspects of cooperation between Azerbaijani youth and the appropriate institutions of the Council of Europe were discussed. Since 1997 the representative of the Republic of Azerbaijan has been taking part in the work of Committee of the Council of Europe on controlling the intergovernmental cooperation on youth issues.

Furthermore, about 30 representatives of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Tourism and National Council of Youth Organizations took part in the training courses and seminars, held according to the programs of Council of Europe in the European Youth Center in Strasburg and Budapest in 1997-2000 under such topics as nationality and participation, organization management, international youth activity and etc.

By the initiative of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Tourism Youth and Sport Directorate of the Council of Europe held a training course for the "Public workers functioning in the youth sphere and Azerbaijani non-governmental youth organizations" on May 2000 in Baku. During the courses Azerbaijani youth was informed about international youth movement, there were held different seminars.

Moreover, The European Charter on "Participation of youth in local and regional life" was translated into Azerbaijani language and published by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Tourism.

Delegation headed by A. Garayev, the Minister of Youth, Sports and Tourism took part in the 5th  Conference of the European Ministers for Youth held in Bucharest in 1998 and in the 9th  Conference of the European Ministers for Sports held in Bratislava in 2000.

National Council of Youth Organizations closely cooperates with the European Youth Forum, functioning on the basis of the conceptions of the Council of Europe and European Union. European Youth Forum has several times visited Azerbaijan by the invitation of the National Council. As a result, National Council became the candidate to members of European Youth Forum in 1997. In 2000 it became the full member of European Youth Forum.

As a result of appropriate work a seminar on "Rehabilitation of young refugees and IDPs by the informal methods of education in Azerbaijan" was held in Baku on November 26 – December 3, 2001 by the Youth and Sports Directory of Council of Europe and by organizational support of National Council of Youth Organizations of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The seminar aimed to authorize the young people taking into account their living conditions in refugee and IDP settlements, to encourage and support them to continue their activities and to make initiatives.

Within the frame of the 3rd  Summit of the European Council, 2nd  European Youth Summit was organized in Warsaw on May 15-16, 2005 by the European Council, Ministry of Education and Sports of Poland, and European Youth Forum.

One of the most important successes of Azerbaijani youth is participation of our country in the special plenary meeting, dedicated to the 10th  annual review of International Action Plan for Youth, adopted in 1995 within the frame of the 60th  session of General Assembly of UNO, in autumn 2005.

Besides, Azerbaijan has joined Council of Europe’s Campaign for Diversity, Human Rights and Participation “All Different- All Equal”. National Campaign Committee involving NGO’s, authorities, media and etc. has been set up to develop and implement a national campaign programme in cooperation with the Council of Europe. On November 26-30, 2006 Azerbaijani “Tafakkur” Youth Association held training courses within the framework of European Campaign “All Different- All Equal” supported by the European Youth Foundation. Deputy-Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Mahmud Mammad-Quliyev addressed participants and answered their questions.

On October 28, 1999 Azerbaijan joined European Convention on “Spectator violence and misbehavior at sports events and in particular football matches”.

Our representatives took part in the seminars and round tables held in 1997-1999 under the topic "Development of democracy by the sports, tolerance and equitable game". These events were held on the basis of the program SPRINT (Sport Reforms, Innovations and Trainings) that was prepared for cooperation by the Committee on the Development of Sport. This program aims to reform such spheres, as legislation on sport, financing the sports, preparing of chief cadres, and development of voluntary participation of new member states. Constant work is held for full use of the opportunities given by this program.

One of the biggest changes in the sport arena is elimination of the SPRINT program from the CoE budget. Taking into account the negative influence of this action to the development of sport the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs appealed to the CoE and noted Azerbaijan’s anxiety to this issue. Nevertheless, sport events within the EC will be regulated within the frame of Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) and our country had accepted to participate in this Agreement as we are interested in sport development.

Azerbaijani representatives took part in the 26th  meeting of the Sports Committee of Council of Europe held on February 27-28, 2003 in Strasburg.
Azerbaijani representatives also took part in the meeting of the Sports Committee of Council of Europe held on cooperation and planning for SPRINT countries on May 5, 2003 in Strasburg.

Besides this, representative of National Olympic Committee T. Jafarov took part in the seminar on the "control on the Sport NGO's” held on May 6-7, 2003 in Strasburg.

Our representative took part in the 7th  Conference of the researchers on May 2000 in Malta and informed them about the work done in this sphere in Azerbaijan.

In 1998-2000 four Azerbaijani specialists took part in the meeting of the Monitoring group on "Convention against doping" of Committee of Council of Europe on the development of Sport.

The Republic of Azerbaijan along with Council of Europe actively cooperates with UNESCO in the filed of Youth and Sports. The representatives of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Tourism participated at the meeting Council of UNESCO Intergovernmental Physical training and Sport Committee held in Paris in October 1998, third world conference of Physical training and Sport Ministers held in December 1999 in Uruguay and at Youth Forum held in 1999 in Paris.

The Ministry of Youth, Sport and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan prepared “State Program on the development of Physical training and Sport in Azerbaijan in 2004-2008".

The Minister of Youth, Sport and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan A. Garayev signed Copenhagen Declaration on Anti-doping in Sport on February 2, 2004.

The representatives from Azerbaijan took part in the 4th meeting of United Nation's Economic Commission in April 2004 and gave report on the topic on youth policy, state support, entrepreneurship between legislative basis of youth policy and youth.

In November 2003, UNO adopted 58/5 resolution entitled “Sport as a mean for promotion of peace, education, health and development”. According to resolution, the year of 2005 was announced as a year of International Sport and Physical Training. Special Action Plan has been made for celebrating this year in Azerbaijan by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Tourism. Under the action plan different activities directed to increasing information on “Development of sport for peace” were held, also different competitions have been organized under the slogan “Sport supports peace”.

According to the Decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan (February 9, 2007) the year of 2007 was announced as a “Year of Youth” in Azerbaijan

On October 17, 2007 resolution on “Policies and Programmes Involving Youth: Youth in the Global Economy” was adopted by the General Assembly.

On April 10, 2008 Decree on “Allocation of financial aid to the Forum of Azerbaijani Students in Europe (FASE)” was signed by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. FASE was created as a result of Azerbaijani Students Forum held in Brussels on May 28-30, 2006. Since March 2007 the office of FASE functions in Brussels. The main purpose of FASE is promotion of the interests of Azerbaijan within European Union structures.

On May 25-27, 2009 the meetings of EPAS Executive Council and Advisory Committee were held in Baku.

On September 22, 2010 18th informal conference of the CoE ministers for sports was held in Baku.

On November 26-29, 2010 the 1st World Azerbaijani Youth Congress was held in Frankfurt, Germany in order to strengthen active participation of youth in diaspora creation and to define future directions of their activities.

Azerbaijani delegation headed by the deputy minister of Youth and Sports I.Babayev participated at the first meeting of the ECO ministers for sports organized by the National Youth Organization of the Islamic Republic of Iran on November 29-30, 2010 in Tehran.

The year of 2012 was announced as the Year of Sport in the Republic of Azerbaijan by the Decree of the President dated March 29, 2012.

New initiative entitled “Eastern Partnership Youth Window” was proposed by the EU European Commission within “Youth in Action” Program. More than 1400 projects will be held in the framework of the program in order to strengthen cooperation opportunities between youth, young employees and youth organizations from Eastern Partnership countries. Total budget of the program is 29 million Euros for 2013.     

Decision regarding organization of the first European Games in 2015 in Baku was taken during the 41st meeting of European Olympic Committee’s General Assembly held in Rome on December 8, 2012  

 

Updated: 26.02.2013