State youth policy is a system of implemented measures and of priorities defined by the state with the purpose to create necessary conditions for the effective realization of the knowledge, skills and natural potential of young people and to help them to find a decent place in society. The all-round development of young people is closely related to the social, economical, scientific and cultural development of the state and is one of the most important conditions for its durability against the global competition and national security.
The main means of development of the new generation is to maintain the participation of young people in the socio-economic and socio-political life of the state and the community.
The state youth policy is created for the realization of this purpose and principles, is reflected in relevant legal documents and is being implemented by state agencies.
The implementation of the state youth policy in Azerbaijan is assigned to the Ministry of Youth and Sports as the main accountable state agency for this.
The main directions of the youth policy
The main directions of the youth policy have been defined by the Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan about “Youth policy” as follows:
- Moral and ethical upbringing of young people and their participation in the cultural life
- State support for talented young people
- Protection of the health of young people and their physical training
- Youth employment
- State support for young families
- State support for youth organizations
Implementation of the following duties is intended according to the purpose of the “State Program about Youth” (2005-2009) signed by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan in 2005:
- Upbringing of the young generation in the spirit of love for the motherland and respect for the history, cultural heritage, state language and symbols and national-moral values of the people of Azerbaijan
- Strengthening military patriotism feelings of the young people and preparing them for the military service
- Taking measures of prevention of legal offenses, drug abuse and other bad habits among young people
- Finding talented young people and creating conditions the development of their skills
- Organizing events to support entrepreneurship activities of young people, deliver knowledge about the principles of capitalism, improve their professional skills and provide with jobs
- Helping to solve problems of young people, as well as young families in need of social protection
- Taking measures improving the health of young people and developing mass physical education and sport activities
- Creating conditions for the active participation of young people in the social and political life of the country, establishing and developing children’s and youth organization
- Helping young people to implement projects of international cooperation, building international networking for youth organizations and helping their representatives to participate in international events
Youth Forums of Azerbaijan
In 1995 the National Leader Heydar Aliyev had initiated Azerbaijan Youth Forum with the purpose of increasing their participation and accountability in the future development of the country, create conditions for the exchange of thoughts of young people who live in the capital and regions and simplifying the open communication with government representatives.
I Forum – the First Forum of the Youth of Independent Azerbaijan was held on February 2, 1996 with the initiative of the national leader Heydar Aliyev. The President of the Republic of Azerbaijan participated in the Forum.
Mr. Heydar Aliyev, who met a group of young people to mark the anniversary of the Forum, signed a Decree about announcing February 2 the day of youth. Since that day traditionally February 2 has been solemnly celebrated as the holiday of the young people of Azerbaijan.
II Forum was held in Baku in 1999. The President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev participated in the Forum.
III Forum was held in Baku on October 13, 2003.
IV Forum was held in Baku in 2005.
V Forum was held in Baku on October 3, 2008.
VI Forum was held in Baku on October 25, 2011.