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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
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
Press Releases from the OIC General Secretariat
OIC Secretary General Welcomes Swedish Recognition of Palestine 30/10/2014 - H.E. Iyad Ameen Madani, Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), welcomed the decision of the Kingdom of Sweden to recognize the State of Palestine. He considered this as an important step towards enabling the Palestinian People to regain their legitimate and inalienable national rights. Madani stressed that this decision is a strong message of support from the Swedish government to the rights of the Palestinian People. He added that the decision is consistent with... read more
OIC condemns closure of Al-Aqsa and demands UN Security Council to intervene 30/10/2014 - The Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, Iyad Amin Madani, has condemned the closure by the Israeli occupation authorities of Al-Aqsa Mosque and considered this move a serious precedent and blunt provocation of the sentiments of the Islamic Ummah as well as an encroachment on its religious rights in the blessed Aqsa Mosque. He added that this is a breach of all international covenants, the Geneva conventions and the principles of international law. The OIC Secretary G... read more
OIC Human Rights Commission Holds Its 6th Session Next Week in Jeddah 30/10/2014 - The Sixth Session of the OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) will be held from 1st to 6th November 2014 in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and will be attended by all OIC Member States and Observer States as well as Senior Officials of the OIC General Secretariat and media representatives. The Commission is expected to hold detailed discussions on all issues on its agenda, including the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights in OIC Member States as well a... read more
The First Investment Forum on OIC Plan of Action for Cooperation with Central Asia Opens in Dushanbe 28/10/2014 - The first Investment Forum on the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, (OIC) Plan of Action with the Central Asia was convened on Monday, 27 October 2014 in Dushanbe, Republic of Tajikistan. The Forum was inaugurated by H.E. Emomali Rahmon, President of the Republic of Tajikistan who emphasized the enhancement of cooperation with all OIC Member States to accomplish the sustainable and needed development in his country and to overcome the regional challenges in Central Asia. Mr. Rahmon considered... read more
OIC Condemns Israeli Occupation’s Decision To Build 1000 Settlement Units In Al-Quds 28/10/2014 - The Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Ameen Madani, condemned the Israeli authorities’ decision ratifying the construction of 1000 settlement units in the occupied Al-Quds. He stressed that the continuation of the settlement expansion policy constituted flagrant violation of international law and international legitimacy resolutions. The Secretary General also condemned in the strongest terms the ongoing attacks by the Israeli occupation forces and settl... read more
OIC Secretary General Congratulates The Tunisian People Over Successful Legislative Elections 27/10/2014 - The Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Ameen Madani, expressed sincere congratulations to the Tunisian people over the success of the legislative elections held on 26 October 2014 in safety, with the participation of the full spectrum of the Tunisian political class and an atmosphere of peaceful change of power. Madani commended these elections that were held under conditions of political pluralism and transparency and in line with international standards... read more
OIC Secretary Strongly Condemns Terrorist Attacks In Sinai 25/10/2014 - The Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Ameen Madani, strongly denounced the Friday 25 October 2014 terrorist attack in the Sinai Peninsula. Madani affirmed the OIC’s principled and firm position condemning all forms of terrorism. He also reiterated the OIC’s solidarity with the Arab Republic of Egypt and its support for the country’s security and stability. The Secretary General expressed sincere condolences to the families of the victims and wished th... read more
Madani Visits Central Asia and Addresses the First OIC Forum on Investment in the Region 24/10/2014 - The Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, (OIC), Mr. Iyad Ameen Madani will pay his first two official visits to OIC Member States in the Central Asia: the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of Kazakhstan, starting on Sunday, 25 October 2014, and aiming to foster relations between the OIC and countries of this region. On the first leg of his Central Asian tour, the Secretary General will lead the OIC delegation to the First Investment Forum of the OIC Plan of Ac... read more
OIC makes historic step towards peace in Southern Philippines 24/10/2014 - The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation has in his continued efforts to narrow the gap between the positions of the leaderships of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) as requested by the OIC CFM sent his Special Envoy for Peace in Southern Philippines, Ambassador Sayed Kassem El-Masry. The main objectives of the Mission was to follow up the results of an earlier meeting that was held in Jeddah between the two parties in ... read more
Opening of Fifth OIC Ministerial Conference on Women’s Role in Development of OIC Member States 23/10/2014 - The Fifth Ministerial Conference on Women’s Role in Development of OIC Member States was held under the high patronage of First Lady of Azerbaijan, Mrs. Mehriban Aliyeva, under the title “The Role of Women in Sustainable Development” in Baku, Azerbaijan on 20-21 October 2014. A welcoming message was delivered on behalf of the President of Azerbaijan H.E. Ilham Aliyev at the opening session on 20 October 2014. Then, Prof. Hijran Huseynova, Chairperson of the State Committee for family, Women and ... read more
The OIC participates in the OIC-CERT Conference in Brunei Darussalam 20/10/2014 - The Organization of Islamic Cooperation Computer Emergency Response Team (OIC-CERT) will convene its Annual Conference and its 6th Annual General Assembly from 20 to 22 October 2014 in Brunei Darussalam under the theme of “Emerging Risks vs. Opportunities”. Hosted by Brunei Computer Emergency Response Team and co-organized by Cyber Security Malaysia and the Permanent Secretariat of the OIC-CERT, this annual event aims to foster global cyber security through international cooperation among member... read more
OIC Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Director of OCHA to visit Iraq 19/10/2014 - The Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Ambassador Hesham Youssef, and the Director of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Geneva, Rashid Khalikov, are scheduled to visit Iraq from 20 to 23 October to observe first-hand the magnitude of the crisis. There are an estimated 5.2 million people in urgent need of humanitarian assistance in Iraq due to fighting by Government forces and the I... read more
OIC Secretary General Commends Mozambique for a Successful General Election 19/10/2014 - The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Mr Iyad Ameen Madani has commended the government and people of the Republic of Mozambique for holding a peaceful presidential, legislative and provincial polls on 15th October 2014. Mr Madani noted that the high turn-out of voters recorded in the election was a clear demonstration of the determination of the electorate to further deepen democracy in their country. He expressed satisfaction that the voting process ... read more
The OIC Fifth Ministerial Conference on Women to Focus on Their Role in Sustainable Development 19/10/2014 - The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Mr. Iyad Ameen Madani, will inaugurate the Fifth Ministerial Conference on Women’s Role in Development of OIC Member States tomorrow, Monday, 20 October 2014 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The two-day Conference, which is being held under the auspices of Azerbaijan’s First Lady Mrs. Mehriban Aliyeva, is themed “The Role of Women in Sustainable Development”. It will address issues of women’s empowerment; eradication of poverty; rais... read more
OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission IPHRC joins international community in observing the “International day for eradication of poverty” 17/10/2014 - The OIC Independent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) joins the international community in observing the “International day for the eradication of poverty” and reaffirms the need for all countries to take immediate and concrete actions in line with well-recognized international human rights standards to ensure that all people can live with dignity and enjoy their fundamental human rights. As affirmed by the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, extreme poverty and social exclusion constit... read more