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Secretary General Mr. Iyad Madani takes over the helm of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation The new Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Mr. Iyad Amin Madani, started officially his term of office at the OIC Headquarters in Jeddah, today, Wednesday, 1 January 2014. read more
OIC Secretary General Ihsanoglu meets with Pope Francis in the Vatican In an audience at the Vatican City today (December 13, 2013) the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, H.E. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, discussed issues of mutual concern with His Holiness Pope Francis. This was the first ever meeting between an OIC Secretary General and Pope. read more
UN Security Council Meeting on Strengthening Partnership with OIC, Ihsanoglu stresses OIC’s commitment to active partnership and the need for UNSC reform The United Nations Security Council held a meeting titled ‘Cooperation between the United Nations and regional and sub-regional organizations in maintaining international peace and security: Strengthening the partnership synergy between the UN and Organization of Islamic Cooperation’ on 28 October 2013, the first meeting of its kind focusing on OIC. read more
Press Releases from the OIC General Secretariat
Secretary General welcomes formation of national unity government in Afghanistan 21/09/2014 - The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Mr. Iyad Ameen Madani, welcomed today, 21 September 2014 the agreement to form a government of national unity in Afghanistan. He congratulated Dr. Ashraf Ghani and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, for their efforts, flexibility, understanding and courageous stand to prevent a political deadlock and division at this crucial time of Afghan history. The Secretary General, while expressing the hope that the new page would help bring m... read more
Secretary General’s Statement on The 84th National Day of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 21/09/2014 - The 84th anniversary of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is marked amidst the rapid developmental stride the Kingdom has witnessed since it was founded by the late King Abdulaziz (May Allah grant him mercy). During the reign of the Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz, the Kingdom has seen many of its ambitions realize even as it records more accomplishments. On this great occasion, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) remembers and appreciates gratefully the Kin... read more
The Secretary General travels to New York for the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly and OIC Annual Coordination Meeting 17/09/2014 - The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Ameen Madani, will be arriving in New York tomorrow, Thursday, 18 September 2014, to attend the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), which opens on 24 September. The Annual Coordination Meeting of the OIC Foreign Ministers will be held on the sidelines of the UNGA on 26 September 2014, to coordinate and seek common stands among the OIC's Member States in regard to issues expected to be discussed a... read more
OIC and EU agree to settle a common ground for partnership in different areas 16/09/2014 - The first OIC-EU High Level Consultation meeting took place in Brussels on September 8 and 9, 2014 at the EU premises. The two sides agreed to settle a common ground for partnership in different areas that are of interest to both organizations. The agenda of the meeting included: establishing a dialogue between the Muslim world and the EU, protecting Muslim minorities, counter-terrorism and security, the media, radicalism, Islamophobia, immigration, and other challenges that both organization... read more
OIC Secretary General meets with Danish Foreign Minister 14/09/2014 - The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Ameen Madani, received on 10 September 2014 at the General Secretariat, H.E. Mr. Martin Lideggard, and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Denmark, who was accompanied by an official delegation. The discussions during the meeting focused on the bilateral relations between the OIC and Denmark in all areas of mutual concern and the need to strengthen joint cooperation in order to enhance socio-economic devel... read more
OIC SECRETARY GENERAL WELCOMES NEW IRAQI GOVERNMENT 09/09/2014 - The Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Ameen Madani, welcomed the formation of a new inclusive Iraqi government, describing it as the beginning of a defining phase, following the installation of all constitutional institutions. It also opens a promising prospect for the return of harmony among all segments of the Iraqi people and lays the foundation for the return of security and stability for Iraq and prosperity for its people. On this occasion, Madani p... read more
OIC Secretary General discusses regional issues with the President of Uganda 05/09/2014 - The President of Uganda, H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Musevini, received the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Mr. Iyad Ameen Madani, and his accompanying delegation at the Presidential Palace on Wednesday, 3 September 2014. The Secretary General thanked President Musevini for the meeting and congratulated him on Uganda’s win of the presidency of the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, which opens on 16 September 2014. Madani briefed President Musevini... read more
SECRETARY-GENERAL ADDRESSES THE ABUJA MINISTERIAL MEETING ON SECURITY IN NIGERIA 05/09/2014 - The pioneering efforts of the OIC in countering international terrorism were underscored in the Statement of His Excellency, Mr. Iyad Ameen Madani, the OIC Secretary General to the Abuja Ministerial Meeting on Security held in Abuja, Nigeria on 3rd September 2014. The meeting was attended by Ministers of Cameroon, France, United Kingdom and Nigeria as well as representatives of Benin, Chad, Niger, USA, Canada, China, the United Nations, the European Union, the Economic of West African States ... read more
OIC DELEGATION ON GAZA INSPECTION TOUR FOR IMPACTS OF ISRAELI AGGRESSION 05/09/2014 - A multiparty delegation of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) embarked on a field tour of the Gaza Strip from 2 September 2014 to conduct fact-finding and assess damages resulting from the Israeli aggression on the Strip last July and August. Headed by Ambassador Hisham Yusuf, OIC Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, the delegation toured various parts of the Strip and saw impacts of the extensive damage caused by the Israeli shelling and strikes of civilian facili... read more
Madani announces the directives of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to contribute $10 million through OIC to Africa’s fight against terrorism 03/09/2014 - The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Ameen Madani, announced that at the direction of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, His Majesty King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Arabia will contribute the amount of US$10 million in support of Africa’s fight against terrorism. The Secretary General made this announcement on Tuesday, 2 September 2014, in his address to the African Union Peace and Security Council Summit on Terrorism in Africa, held in Nairobi, ... read more
OIC Secretary General Condemns Israel’s Decision to Confiscate Palestinian Lands in West Bank 02/09/2014 - The Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Ameen Madani, expressed strong condemnation of Israel’s confiscation of 400 hectares of Palestinian lands, west of Bethlehem in the West Bank. He emphasized that continuation of the policy of confiscating lands, building and expansion of Israeli settlements were aimed at creating new realities on the ground, which is a grave violation of international law and international legitimacy resolutions. Madani called on the... read more
OIC Secretary General participates in AU Summit on terrorism in Kenya, Makes official visit to Uganda 01/09/2014 - The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Ameen Madani, will be participating in the African Union Peace and Security Council Summit on Terrorism in Africa taking place in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, tomorrow, September 2nd, 2014. Madani will be addressing the Summit on the importance of tackling the root causes of terrorism and underlining that acts by such groups as Boko Haram and ISIS have nothing to do with Islam and its principles. From Nairobi the O... read more
IRCICA convenes a Session on (Coexistence of Different Cultures: Examples from History as Lessons for the Future) at the 6th Global Forum of the UNAOC in Bali 31/08/2014 - The Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA), a subsidiary organ of OIC, held a special session on "Coexistence of Different Cultures: Examples from History as Lessons for the Future" on 29 August 2014 at the Sixth Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilization held in Bali, Indonesia. The session aimed to generate presentations of specific topics or case studies that would illustrate examples of coexistence of different faiths and cultures at different times an... read more
OIC Secretary General meets the UN Secretary General in Bali 30/08/2014 - The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Iyad Ameen Madani met with the Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon in Bali on 29 August 2014 at the sidelines of the Sixth Global Forum of UN Alliance of Civilization. Among the issues discussed, the plight of the Muslims in Myanmar; the Israeli devastation of the Gaza strip; and the crimes committed by terrorist groups such as Boko Haram and ISIS figured prominently.   Madani stressed the conditions of the ... read more
OIC LAUNCHES URGENT RELIEF APPEAL FOR SOMALIA 28/08/2014 - The Organsiation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) made urgent appeal to its Member States, friendly states, international organsiations and non-governmental humanitarian organizations to provide urgent assistance to Somalia. This is in light of the difficult humanitarian situation the country is passing through which portends the danger of a second wave of famine that may affect hundreds of thousands of victims, according to estimates provided by the OIC Humanitarian Coordination Office in Mogadishu... read more