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Zakat's Potential Role in Accelerating Global Development discussed at the United Nations International development leaders and experts highlighted the importance of Zakat in advancing global development at a forum titled "Linking Muslim Giving to the MDGs". The forum was co-hosted at the United Nations by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), The World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists, and UN Millennium Campaign. read more
Ambassador Gokcen speaks at the Peace Islands Institute of New York Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations, Ambassador Ufuk Gokcen spoke at the Ambassador Luncheon Series event, held by the Peace Islands Institute’s Center for Global Affairs on Wednesday, 7 November. During his speech where he addressed the issue of “Countering Incitement to Hatred without Restricting Freedom of Expression”, read more
Co-partners Advance Track 1.5 Diplomacy for Peace and Prosperity The Organization of Islamic Coorperation (OIC), the United States government, the Institute of Global Engagement and Religions for Peace International co-convened 120 senior governmental representatives, religious and other civil society leaders for a high-level side event during the United Nations General Assembly. The event focused on advancing strategic partnerships between governments and faith-based civil society organizations for peace and prosperity. By consensus, the group expressed its desire to collaborate to build a working plateform to facilitate collaboration among states, intergovernmental bodies and faith-based civil society organizations for peace. read more
OIC and UK sign Memorandum of Cooperation at the Annual OIC Reception during the UN General Assembly The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Government of the United Kingdom signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) on issues of promoting dialogue, peace and humanitarian assistance at the annual OIC reception. read more
Rio Preparation Forum: Discourse on Sustainable Development OIC Permanent Observer Mission to the UN in New York and the UNITAR co-organized a workshop on “Discourse on Sustainable Development” within the framework of the UNITAR Rio Preparation Forum (RPF) at the UN Headquarters in New York. read more
UN, OIC strengthen strategic partnership The UN and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) have agreed to further enhance their bilateral cooperation and to develop their partnership to a strategic level. read more
OIC Permanent Observer Mission to the UN organizes a panel on the role of the faith-based organizations and interfaith initiatives in reconciliation and peacemaking The panel titled "The Role of the Faith-based Organizations and Interfaith Initiatives in Reconciliation and Peacemaking", and moderated by Ambassador Ufuk Gokcen, OIC's Permanent Observer to the UN, featured such distinguished speakers as Turkey's Permanent Representative to the UN HE Ambassador Ertugrul Apakan, Deputy Permanent Representative of Finland Mr. Janne Taalas, Dr. Joyce Dubensky of the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, Prof. Marc Gopin of George Mason University, Dr. William Vendley of World Conference for Religions for Peace, Dr. Azhar Hussain of International Center for Religion and Diplomacy, and Rabbi Arthur Schneier of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation. read more
International Conference on the Change in Muslim Societies and the Role of Women The International Conference on the Change in Muslim Societies and the Role of Women is to be held on 22-24 December 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey with the participation of the Ministers, Parliamentarians, academicians and representatives of civil society from the OIC and non-OIC member states. The discussion of the issues related to women’s role in the process of democratization and new constitutional preparations, the relationship among democracy, gender equality and Islam, the promotion of civil society and regional cooperation will facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experience among Muslim communities, and will further strengthen the cooperation among the OIC member states. read more
OIC proudly supports the Religions for Peace initiative Marrakech, Morocco -- Senior religious leaders from across the Middle East and North Africa rejected violence and called for deepened multi-religious collaboration as the region undergoes historic transformations. They committed to stand in solidarity with all vulnerable communities, to advocate for full religious freedoms across the region and to call on all religious believers to become a united force to help ensure that governments honor the full rights, protect and serve all of their citizens without exception. read more
OIC Executive Committee convenes in Istanbul to discuss the situation in Somalia The Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Executive Committee convened today in Istanbul, Turkey in order to discuss the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Somalia, and the likely famine. read more
OIC Appeals to the Member States for Aid to Somalia Due to the critical situation and the need to mobilize all Member States and institutions to come to the aid of the famine-affected Somali people, which has affected three million people with over a million, most of them women and old people, displaced in Mogadishu, on 11 July 2011, the OIC launched, through its Humanitarian Coordination Office in Mogadishu, an emergency relief project as first step to benefit a large number of displaced people, and started with distribution of emergency food relief and non-food items to 300 families for a month. read more
High-Level Symposium on Combating Intolerance, Discrimination, and Violence Based on Religion or Belief The Secretary of State of the United States, the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, together with foreign ministers and officials from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Senegal, Sudan, Turkey, United Kingdom, the Vatican (Holy See), UN OHCHR, Arab League, African Union, met on July 15 in Istanbul to give a united impetus to the implementation of UN Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18 on “Combating intolerance, negative stereotyping and stigmatization of, and discrimination, incitement to violence, and violence against persons based on religion or belief.” read more
OIC and US State Department cooperate in promotion of women OIC and US State Department work together to promote women's and girls' engagement in science read more
OIC Mission hosts a Non-Violent Peace Force workshop OIC Ambassador to the UN Mr. Ufuk Gokcen welcomed the Nonviolent Peaceforce to the office of the mission in New York. Nonviolent Peaceforce is a nongovernmental organization which has trained many unarmed civilian peace protection teams in order to support to local population and deter violence in conflict zones. read more
OIC, UNISDR and World Bank joins together to address the Disaster Risk Reduction On 8 February 2011, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, UN International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction and the World Bank joint Luncheon Meeting on the theme of "Natural Hazards, Unnatural Disasters: Building Resilience throughout the Islamic World" took place with a high number of attendance at the New York Helmsley Hotel. read more
OIC Mission holds a Special Event at the UN Headquarters on the occasion of the World Interfaith Harmony Week On 3 February 2011, the OIC Mission to the UN in New York held a Special Event titled “The Role of Faith Based Organizations and Interfaith Initiatives in Development, Reconciliation and Peacebuilding” at the UN Headquarters on the occasion of the World Interfaith Harmony Week. read more

OIC Ambassadorial Group Met with the the UN Secretary General

Ambassador Mehdiyev attends the State Department's international conference on "Threats to Religious and Ethnic Minorities under Da'esh" in Washington DC


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