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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
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
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
Secretary General Receives The Canadian Foreign Minister 16/10/2014 - Secretary General of the OIC, H. E. Mr. Iyad Ameen Madani, has today, the 16th October 2014, received, the Honourable John Baird, MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada. Secretary General and his guest had useful and extensive exchange of views on various international and regional issues of common interest including the Middle East Peace Process, combating intolerance, radicalization, extremism and others. Both sides agreed to remain engaged on mutual issues and strengthen bilateral coope... read more
Secretary General strongly Condemns Incursion into the Aqsa Holy Mosque and aggression on worshippers 14/10/2014 - The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Ameen Madani, strongly condemned the Israeli occupation forces and extremist settlers groups who continue to break into and desecrate the Aqsa Holy Mosque, commit atrocious aggressions against the worshippers in its yards, and close its gates in an attempt to divide it temporally and spatially. The Secretary General said that these serious aggressions perpetrated systematically against the holy sites in the occupied Al-... read more
OIC Secretary General meets with German Foreign Minister 14/10/2014 - The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Ameen Madani, received on 13 October 2014, H.E. Mr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany and his accompanying delegation who were in an official visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Both sides discussed regional and international issues of mutual interest and concern including the situation in the Middle East and in particular the situation in Palestine and Gaza, M... read more
OIC Participates in International Donors’ Conference on Reconstruction of Gaza 12/10/2014 - The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), represented by the Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, Ambassador Hesham Yousef, participated in the international donors’ conference on the reconstruction of Gaza on Sunday 12 October 2014. The OIC’s participation in the conference is in line with the Final Communiqué of the 2nd extraordinary meeting of the Executive Committee of OIC foreign ministers held on 12 August 2014 to discuss the Israeli aggression of the Gaza Strip, whic... read more
OIC Permanent Delegation in Geneva celebrated the forty-fifth anniversary of the Organization by hosting a roundtable discussion on the South-South cooperation 30/09/2014 - The OIC Permanent Delegation in Geneva organised a roundtable discussion focusing on the South-South cooperation on 29 September 2014 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The main objective of this roundtable discussion was aimed at sharing views of different partners on how to better advance South-South cooperation both inside and between specific regional groups, but also through exchange of best practices and lessons learned among different regional entities, multilateral institutions and int... read more
OIC-sponsored meeting in Geneva call for an urgent action to fight the spread of the Ebola Epidemic Outbreak 30/09/2014 - The OIC General Secretariat organized a meeting of representatives of its member states in Geneva on 29 September 2014, at the Palais des Nations, to discuss ways and means of helping Ebola affected countries in West Africa. The meeting was chaired by the Minister of Health of the Republic of Indonesia, H.E. Dr. Nafsiah Mboi in her capacity as the Chair of the Islamic Conference of Health Ministers. The OIC secretariat was represented by Ambassador Muhammad Naeem Khan, Assistant Secretary Gener... read more
The OIC Secretary General Welcomes the Formation of the Libyan Government 29/09/2014 - The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, His Excellency Iyad Ameen Madani, welcomed the formation of the national reconciliation government in Libya. He expressed the hope that this development will constitute a point of departure toward a new era in which the unity of the Libyan nation will be enhanced and their reconciliation will be promoted to lead the country to the realization of security, stability and welfare for the Libyan people. The Secretary General invite... read more
OIC reaffirms its commitment to defend Yemen's unity and to support Somalia 29/09/2014 - The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) reaffirmed its commitment to defend the unity, sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of Yemen. It also vowed to support efforts aimed at achieving political stability in order to face the challenges of peace, reconstruction and development, consistent with GCC initiative and its implementation mechanism. This statement was made by His Excellency Ambassador Abdullah Alem, Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs at ... read more