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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
30TH SESSION OF OIC STANDING COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC AND COMMERCIAL COOPERATION (COMCEC) GENERAL ASSEMBLY HOLDS IN ISTANBUL FROM 25 – 28 NOVEMBER 2014 23/11/2014 - The General Assembly of the OIC Standing Committee on Economic and Commercial Cooperation (COMCEC) – of the OIC organs – will hold its 30th session in Istanbul, Turkey from 25 – 28 November 2013. The session will be opened by the Chairman of COMCEC and President of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoghan, who will deliver the opening speech. The meeting will also be addressed by the Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, Iyad Ameen Madani, the representatives of t... read more
OIC SECRETARY GENERAL CONDEMNS PASSENGER BUS ATTACK IN KENYA 23/11/2014 - The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Mr Iyad Ameen Madani had condemned the execution on 22nd November 2014, of twenty eight passengers travelling in a bus in northern Kenya. Mr Madani who expressed horror at the terrorist attack in which innocent travelers who included women were ambushed and executed, stated that nothing could justify such brutal act. He conveyed his deep sympathy to the families of the victims and to the government and people of Kenya for... read more
Ambassador of Iran presents his credentials to the OIC Secretary General 22/11/2014 - The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Ameen Madani, received on 20th November 2014 at his office, the new Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the OIC, H. E. Mahdi Hamzehei, who presented his letters of credentials to the Secretary General. The envoy conveyed the appreciation and satisfaction of his country with the leadership and efforts of the Secretary General. He also assured the Secretary General of Iran’s full support and coo... read more
OIC and UNHCR agree on action plan of cooperation 22/11/2014 - The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held a two-day meeting in Geneva to discuss areas of joint collaboration between the two organizations. The meeting came as a result of the decision of the High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr. Antonio Guterres, and the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Mr. Iyad Ameen Madani, when they last met in Jeddah in September 2014, to establish a joint committee with a man... read more
OIC and UNHCR commence discussions in Geneva on Muslim refugees 20/11/2014 - A joint Committee headed by Ambassador Fuad Al-Maznaee, Advisor to the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Humanitarian Affairs, and Mr. Amin Awad, Director, Middle East and North Africa Bureau of the United Nations Refugee Agency, started its first meeting at the UNHCR headquarters in Geneva on Wednesday, 19 November 2014. The discussions centred on ways and means on enhancing areas of cooperation, particularly the implementation of the Ashgabat Declaratio... read more
OIC Secretary General Says Riyadh Supplementary Agreement is in Islamic Ummah’s Interest 20/11/2014 - Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Ameen Madani, praised the Riyadh supplementary agreement reached by Their Majesties and Highnesses in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of Bahrain, State of Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, and the State of Qatar on 16 November 2014. The agreement was reached as part of the commitment of the leaders of the Arab Gulf Cooperation Council to mend fences among the GCC states and thereby bring back dynamism and vitality to t... read more
OIC Participated at the 1st Ministerial High Level Partnership Forum on Somalia 20/11/2014 - OIC Secretary General H. E. Mr. Iyad Ameen Madani reiterated, once again, OIC’s firm commitment to support Somalia and the six pillars policy of the Somali Federal Government in its difficult journey to transpire as a viable state securing stability, peace and progress for the country itself and beyond. This has been restated in a statement delivered on behalf of the Secretary General at the 1st Ministerial High Level Partnership Forum (HLPF Copenhagen) on Somalia held in Copenhagen on 19-20 ... read more
“The OIC Welcomes The Spanish Parliament Resolution to Recognize The State of Palestine 19/11/2014 - The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Iyad Ameen Madani, welcomed the resolution adopted by the Spanish Parliament calling on the Spanish Government to recognize the State of Palestine. He underlined the importance of this historic stand which is in line with the recognition by the majority of the states of the world, of the State of Palestine with its fourth of June 1967 boarders and Al-Quds Asharif (Jerusalem) as its capital. He added that this stance contributes... read more
OIC Participates in the International Conference on Female Genital Mutilation 18/11/2014 - Upon the invitation of the Danish government and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFA) regional Nordic bureau, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) participated in a high level meeting on ending female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), which was convened under the high patronage of Her Royal Highness Crown Princess of Denmark, on 11 of November 2014 at the Danish parliament. The OIC was represented by Mrs. Aissata Kane, Deputy Permanent Observer of the Geneva Delegation to the ... read more
OIC Secretary General Welcomes The Election of a New Interim Leader in Burkina Faso 17/11/2014 - The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Mr Iyad Ameen Madani has welcomed the election today, 17 November 2014, of HE. Mr Michel Kafando as the new head of the National Council of Transition in Burkina Faso. Mr Madani while congratulating the new interim Head of State for the confidence reposed in him by all the stakeholders through this election , expressed the hope that he would bring his rich experience in public life to steer the country towards a credible... read more
Press Communique Issued by The First Meeting of The OIC Ministerial Contact Group on Defending The Cause of Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Sharif 13/11/2014 - In response to the Israeli escalations in the City of Al-Quds and to the latest unprecedented measures against the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque which involved the crime of closing the Mosque and denying worshippers access to pray in it, together with the storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by occupation soldiers and settlers, In pursuance of the Resolution of the two last CFM, held respectively in Conakry and Jeddah, which adopted an Islamic action plan that aims to support the Cause of Palestine and ... read more
OIC Secretary General Condemns The Continuing Attacks on Educational Institutions in Nigeria 11/11/2014 - The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Mr Iyad Ameen Madani has strongly condemned the latest suicide bomb attack on 10th November 2014 at the Government Technical Science College in Potiskum , Yobe State of Nigeria which caused the death of forty seven innocent students and injured over seventy nine others. Mr Madani who expressed outrage at the continued targeting of educational institutions in the insurgency affected north eastern part of Nigeria murderi... read more
OIC Secretary General and Foreign Minister of Somalia Discuss Bilateral Cooperation 11/11/2014 - The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Mr Iyad Ameen Madani has today, 10th November 2014, at the General Secretariat, hosted the visiting Foreign Minister of Somalia, HE Mr Abdirahman Beileh. The two sides discussed wide ranging areas of cooperation and explored ways and means to further strengthen bilateral relations between Somalia and the OIC as well as joint Islamic action. The Minister briefed the Secretary General on the latest political , securit... read more
OIC Secretary General Welcomes New Government in Yemen 10/11/2014 - The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, H.E. Mr. Iyad Ameen Madani, welcomed the formation of a new government of national competencies in the Republic of Yemen. He indicated that the primary task of the new cabinet would be to establish security and stability, and overcome the serious challenges encountered by this OIC Member State. Madani expressed hope that all Yemeni stakeholders combine efforts to support the new government in order to achieve national reconcili... read more
IPHRC Press Statement on Palestine: The Commission calls for concerted international efforts to pave the way to a peaceful political settlement 06/11/2014 - The OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) reviewed during its Sixth Regular Session the situation in Palestine and issued the following statement: The Commission recalls its statement of 11 August 2014, and is appalled by the tragic loss of lives of innocent civilians, the vast devastation in the Gaza Strip and the ongoing Israeli violations in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. The Commission reiterates that the continuation of the Israeli Occupation represents a violat... read more