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Women in Islam, Inc and the OIC Mission to the UN Co-host an All-day Event Aimed at Breaking Down Gender Barriers in the Mosque A gathering of men, women, and children convened at the Church Center for the United Nations to participate in an all-day event titled, “The Prophetic Legacy of Valuing and Welcoming Women in Mosques.” The focus of the event was the historical and present-day situation of the segregation and exclusion of women in mosques. read more
The Prophetic Legacy of Valuing and Welcoming Women in Mosques OIC Permanent Observer Mission to the UN proudly welcomes all to the event, titled "The Prophetic Legacy of Valuing and Welcoming Women in Mosques" read more
Women in Afghanistan: Ongoing Successes and Challenges The OIC Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations co-hosted a side event on the margins of the 58th Session of the Commission of the Status of Women entitled: Women in Afghanistan: Ongoing Challenges and Successes. read more
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OIC CONTACT GROUP PRAISES ROHINGYA MUSLIMS SPECIAL ENVOY’S EFFORTS, URGES INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO FULFILL ITS HUMANITARIAN COMMITMENTS AND RESTORE ROHINGYA RIGHTS 28/05/2015 - The OIC Ministerial Contact Group on the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar held a meeting today Wednesday 27 May 2015 on the sideline of the 42nd Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers taking place in Kuwait. The meeting was opened by the Secretary General of the OIC Mr. Iyad Ameen Madani with a speech read on his behalf by the Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs Amb. Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Alim. The Secretary General stated that the OIC continues to monitor the sit... read more
On the sidelines of the 42nd Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers – the Contact Group on Mali commended the Algerian Process aimed at reaching a permanent solution for the conflict in Mali; values the OIC's allocation of $1.5 million from the Saudi Grant for fighting terrorism and building peace in Africa. 28/05/2015 - The Contact Group on Mali held a meeting on Wednesday 27 May, 2014 - on the sidelines of the 42nd Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers held in Kuwait on 27 & 28 May 2015 – to review the latest developments in the peace process in Mali. The Contact Group reiterated its full respect of Mali's sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Meeting observed with great interest the two presentations given by the Malian Foreign Minister and H.E. Mr. Iyad Ameen Madani, the OIC Secretary-Gener... read more
Kuwait to Host 42nd Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers 25/05/2015 - JEDDAH: Kuwait is to host the OIC’s 42nd Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM), entitled Joint Vision to Strengthen Tolerance and Reject Terrorism, on Wednesday and Thursday (May 27-28, 2015). In light of critical issues currently affecting the region and conflicts in the Muslim world, international and regional attention is focused on the meeting, particularly in anticipation of its outcomes and resolutions. The first day of the Session will include speeches by His Highness Em... read more
OIC continues to Mobilize Efforts for Political and Humanitarian Assistance to Rohingya Refugees 24/05/2015 - The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is mobilizing its resources to address the political and humanitarian aspects of the ongoing crisis facing the boat people in the Andaman Sea and Straits of Malacca adrift on the high seas, as part of its long standing campaign in support of the persecuted Muslim minority in Myanmar. During the upcoming Council of Foreign Ministers meeting in Kuwait on Wednesday, 27 May 2015, the issue will be top of the agenda through the OIC Contact Group on Roh... read more
The OIC Observes World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development 22/05/2015 - The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) observed on 21 May 2015 the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Diversity through calling for protection of cultural diversity which is an intrinsic component of humanity and human civilizations. In 2001, UNESCO adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and in December 2002, the UN General Assembly, in its resolution 57/249, declared May 21 to be the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. The OIC... read more
Third International Forum for Humanitarian Work Adopts Mechanisms to Address Risks of Access to the Affected in Armed Conflicts 22/05/2015 - The participants in the Third International Forum for Humanitarian Work recommended the need to encourage humanitarian organizations in the region to integrate risk management related to humanitarian action within its functions and allocate the necessary resources for that. The reason is that ensuring the security of humanitarian workers in conflict zones has become an urgent necessity deliberated extensively at the Forum sessions. The final communique welcomed the commitment of humanitarian... read more
OIC condemns the terrorist act in Qatif 22/05/2015 - The Organization of Islamic Cooperation expressed its condemnation and denouncement of the terrorist attack that resulted in the death and injury of tens of worshippers during today's Friday prayer in a mosque in the town of Qadih, Qatif in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The OIC Secretary General, Iyad Ameen Madani, stressed that those who plan, commit and stand behind such terrorist acts are actively carrying out a discourse which aims at dismantling the region; creating divisions among its p... read more
OIC meets with European People’s Party in Brussels to discuss ways of strengthening political and intercultural dialogue 21/05/2015 - Over 30 ambassadors to the EU from OIC countries met on May 13 with members of the European People’s Party (EPP) at the European Parliament in Brussels to discuss ways of strengthening political and intercultural dialogue. Participants spoke on how people of different religions can live together and expressed concern at the so-called Islamic State (DAESH). The OIC ambassadors highlighted that people of different faiths have to live together and that attacks on minorities cannot be tolerated. ... read more
Secretary General lauds the launching of the King Salman ibn Abdulaziz Releif and Humanitarian Work Centre by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques 20/05/2015 - The Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Mr Iyad Ameen Madani, welcomed the launching by the Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques King Salman Ibn Abdulaziz of the King Salman Ibn Abdulaziz Relief and Humanitarian Action Centre in Riyadh as a continuation of the King’s humanitarian initiatives towards societies affected disasters or crises. He recalled that the announcement by the Custodian of Two Holy Mosques King Salman Ibn Abdulaziz to allocate $1 billion for relief... read more
Brunei Darussalam Signes Two OIC Agreements 20/05/2015 - Brunei Darussalam has today signed two OIC Agreements namely, the General Agreement on Economic, Technical and Commercial Cooperation among Member States of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and the Framework Agreement on Trade Preferential System among the Member States of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. Dato Paduka Hj Abdul Mokti Bin Hj Mohd Daud, Ambassador of Brunei Darussalam to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Permanent Representative of the Brunei Darussalam to the ... read more
OIC Welcomes the Adoption of "Riyadh Declaration" at the Yemeni National Dialogue Conference 19/05/2015 - The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), welcomed the consensus reached by the participants in the Yemeni National Dialogue Conference, held in Riyadh under the theme "Saving Yemen", and their adoption of the document "Riyadh Declaration". The Secretary General of the OIC, Iyad Ameen Madani, expressed the OIC's backing for the Riyadh Deceleration which reaffirms support to the constitutional legitimacy in Yemen; rejects the coup committed against its symbols; reaffirms the principle of... read more
Humanitarian Situation Deteriorating, Third International Forum for Humanitarian Work hears 19/05/2015 - DOHA: The Third International Forum for Humanitarian Work began in Doha on May 19 amid warnings from the OIC that the humanitarian situation in several Muslim countries is worsening and that growing numbers of refugees are causing state institutes to collapse. During his speech at the opening of the forum, Ambassador Hesham Youssef, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs at the OIC, said that humanitarian action today has become more difficult and that the world is more volatile... read more
OIC monitors general and regional elections in Guyana 19/05/2015 - The Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Ameen Madani, congratulated the people of the Republic of Guyana on the success of the general and regional elections held on 11 May 2015. Madani noted that the OIC dispatched an observation mission to monitor the elections in Guyana. He commended the massive and enthusiastic participation of electorate in the process, being a clear demonstration of their abiding faith in democratic governance. The Secretary Gener... read more
OIC Secretary General Attends the 3rd World Forum on Intercultural dialogue in Baku 17/05/2015 - The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Mr. Iyad Ameen Madani is heading the OIC delegation to the 3rd World Forum on Intercultural dialogue, to be held in Baku, the Republic of Azerbaijan, on 18-19 May 2015. The Secretary General will be addressing the Opening Ceremony on 18 May. In his speech he is expected to underscore the OIC’s commitment to intercultural dialogue as a means to achieving peaceful coexistence and mutual respect of differences. The Secretar... read more
OIC Calls for Humanitarian Action to address the plight of Rohingya and Bangladeshi Refugees 17/05/2015 - The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has been monitoring the situation facing thousands of Rohingya and Bangladeshi refugees, asylum-seekers and economic migrants stranded on boats in the Andaman Sea and Straits of Malacca. The OIC Secretary General, Iyad Ameen Madani, is in communication with countries in the region and the international community to express his concern over this humanitarian crisis and discussed possible ways to alleviate the suffering of the affected people strand... read more