Fw: OIC Newsletter 5 (2012)
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Subject: OIC Newsletter 5 (2012)
Date: Wednesday, 1 February, 2012, 17:56
Issue 5 (1 February 2012)
In this issue
· OIC condemns the continued killing of civilians in Syria and calls for bold decisions to end the crisis
· Ihsanoglu: OIC efforts in addressing health challenges should be within the framework of national health strategies and plans
· British State Minister for Africa and Permanent Under-Secretary of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office visit OIC
· Islamic Development Bank supports Al-Quds housing sector with US$15 million
· Abbas and Ihsanoglu agree to continue mobilizing support for the recognition of the Palestinian State
· OIC calls on the Senegalese people to refrain from violence and resolve differences peacefully
· Ihsanoglu congratulates Al-Katatni on his election as Speaker of Egyptian Parliament
· OIC sets in motion drilling sites for 650 wells to resolve water crisis in Somalia
· A link to Islamic Heritage Committee on ISESCO website
· New OIC Journal issue focuses on the crisis in Syria and the promotion of Human Rights in Member States
· Launch of OIC Library Lecture Series
OIC In Brief
Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is the second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations which has membership of 57 states spread over four continents. The Organization is the collective voice of the Muslim world and ensuring to safeguard and protect the nterests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony among various people of the world. The Organization was established upon a decision of the historical summit which took place in Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco on 12th Rajab 1389 Hijra (25 September 1969) as a result of criminal arson of Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem.
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OIC condemns the continued killing of civilians in Syria and calls for bold decisions to end the crisis
The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu expressed his strong condemnation of the continuing violence in Syria and the killing of large numbers of civilians who demand reform and change. He also expressed his serious concern at the deteriorating situation, which jeopardizes Syria ’s security, unity, stability and the safety of its people.
The Secretary General stated that the exacerbating crisis in Syria requires bold decisions and sacrifices for the interest of the country, reminding that the responsibility rests with political leaderships which must make sacrifices for the benefit of the Syrian people and not the opposite.
Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu voiced his concern at the international community’s continuing failure to address the crisis in Syria and the devastation and destruction the country endures. He called on the Security Council to bear its responsibilities and to act promptly in order to solve the Syrian crisis in a way that would put an end to the bloodshed and to the killing of innocent civilians.
Ihsanoglu: OIC efforts in addressing health challenges should be within the framework of national health strategies and plans
The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu addressed the OIC Steering Committee meeting on Health, held at the OIC Headquarters in Jeddah on 31st January and 1st February 2012. He emphasized on the success and sustainability of OIC efforts in addressing health-related challenges that require integrated and multi-sectoral approaches rather than sporadic interventions. Such efforts, Ihsanoglu added, should be pursued in the framework of comprehensive national health strategies and plans which provide for strengthening of health infrastructures, improving access to health services and capacity-building of health professionals.
The Steering Committee meeting, the fifth of its kind held so far, discussed the establishment of an OIC Health Implementation Unit (HIU) and preparation of an OIC Strategic Health Program of Action for 2012-2022. It also upraised the status of the implementation of decisions of the previous sessions of the Islamic Conferences of Health Ministers. At the opening session of the meeting, which was chaired by Kazakhstan , Ihsanoglu underscored the important role of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) in the various ongoing and proposed projects undertaken in the domain of health. He emphasized on the crucial support of the IDB in the areas of self-reliance in the production of vaccines, mother and child health issues and the planned OIC-IDB-IAEA projects for cancer radiotherapy centers in the OIC Member States.
Ihsanoglu invited the Steering Committee to closely focus on polio-eradication challenges as the three polio-endemic countries in the world happen to be OIC Member States. He announced that he will personally follow up the issue with the leadership of the concerned countries to ensure sustained high-level political commitment for effective vaccination campaigns. On other pandemics and diseases such as Malaria, Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, the Secretary General noted that the OIC General Secretariat has in principle agreed to undertake joint advocacy visits with the Global Fund to mobilize financial support from Turkey and Saudi Arabia . He called upon all OIC Member States with financial resources to contribute to the Global Fund in order to enable it to continue its assistance to needy Member States.
The Secretary General also addressed the issue of self-reliance in medicines and vaccines and encouraged the Member States to consider steps for optimizing the benefits from the existing IDB program of Self-Reliance in Vaccine Production (SRVP). He emphasized on the need to intensify and scale up technical support of the World Health Organization (WHO) and other concerned agencies for the prospective producers in the OIC Member States to qualify for the production of vaccines. He also stressed on the need to pay attention to the prevention and control of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes. In this context, Ihsanoglu invited the Member States to expedite preparing the OIC Strategic Health Programme of Action which will provide a framework for focused action and international collaboration to deal with the most pressing challenges and needs of the OIC Member States.
British State Minister for Africa and Permanent Under-Secretary of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office visit OIC
The Secretary General of the OIC Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu received British Minister of State at Foreign Office for Africa Henry Bellingham and Permanent Under Secretary of the United Kingdom Foreign Office Ambassador Simon Fraser on 29 and 30 January 2012, respectively.
During the meeting, Minister Bellingham underlined OIC’s active role in its African Member States particularly in Somalia with special emphasis on humanitarian activities. The Minister expressed his country’s interest to work closely with the OIC in Africa in both political and humanitarian sectors.
While discussing various issues of international concern, Secretary General Ihsanoglu and Permanent Under-Secretary Ambassador Fraser touched upon the recent situation and developments in some of the OIC Member States particularly from MENA region. Ambassador Fraser also delivered by hand the invitation of the UK Prime Minister for the Secretary General to attend the upcoming International Conference on Somalia to be held in London on 23 February 2012. Ihsanoglu agreed to attend the Conference and assured Ambassador Fraser of all necessary cooperation on the part of the OIC in this regard.
Islamic Development Bank supports Al-Quds housing sector with US$15 million
The Secretary General of the Organ isa tion of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said on 28 January 2012 that the OIC had initiated several political and diplomatic moves aimed at supporting institutions in Al-Quds (occupied Jerusalem ). This is contained in a speech delivered on his behalf by the Assistant Secretary General for Palestine and Al-Quds Affairs Ambassador Samir Bakr Diyab at an international symposium on Al Quds and dangers threatening it. In the symposium, held in the Jordanian capital, Amman , the Secretary General said that the Islamic Development Bank had earmarked at the beginning of this year the sum of US$15 million to support the housing sector in Al Quds, in addition to a package of other pledges to develop the health and education sectors of the holy city.
In the speech Ihsanoglu stated that: “Frankly, what is being given to Al-Quds is meager considering what the City requires to confront Israel’s systematic projects for which colossal amount of money has been provided by the occupying state…” He called on OIC states and those capable among the people of these states as well as their financial institutions to give as much as possible to support the City of Al Quds . On this occasion, he also called on OIC capitals with twinning agreements with Al-Quds to allocate some of their annual budget, even if little, to support critical projects in their twinned city with Al-Quds.
Ihsanoglu added that the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) has a special responsibility towards Al-Quds. Israel , he said, is exploiting the laxity in the international community’s policies to carry out its plans of depopulating the City of its citizens through expulsion and settlement, confiscation and control of Palestinians’ homes.
Abbas and Ihsanoglu agree to continue mobilizing support for the recognition of the Palestinian State
The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas received on 24 January 2012 the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu in his Residence in the Jordanian Capital Amman. The meeting addressed the developments in the Palestinian cause and the efforts being made by the two parties to mobilize support for the recognition of the Palestinian State in the United Nations.
In the beginning of the meeting, the Secretary General was briefed on the results of the recent tour of the Palestinian President in Europe aimed at mobilizing support for the recognition of the Palestinian State and at explaining the Palestinian position on the current stalemate in the peace process.
Abbas stated that the Palestinians regard the date of 26 January as decisive after which they will assess and examine their options internally and with the Arab Follow-up Committee due to meet on 4 February 2012.
The meeting also addressed the issue of Palestinian reconciliation and President Abbas briefed the Secretary General on the ongoing developments in this issue. The two parties also discussed the latest developments in the occupied city of Al-Quds and agreed on the need to continue close coordination with a view to mobilizing support to the Palestinian State ’s UN membership.
OIC calls on the Senegalese people to refrain from violence and resolve differences peacefully
The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu has called on the Senegalese people to exercise restraint in the wake of the outbreak of violence following the approval by the Constitutional Court , on 27th January 2012, of the bid by President Abdulaye Wade to run for another term of office in the forthcoming Presidential elections.
The OIC Secretary General has also urged all Senegalese people to refrain from engaging in violence and strive to ensure political participation while preserving the peace, security and stability of their country.
Ihsanoglu congratulates Al-Katatni on his election as Speaker of Egyptian Parliament
The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu congratulated Dr. Muhammad Saad Al Katatni on his election as Speaker of the People’s Assembly (Parliament) of Egypt in the first free and fair election in Egypt in 60 years.
In his message to Dr. Muhammad Al-Katatni, the Secretary General assured that the support of the OIC for the Egyptian revolution since it began would continue. He also assured that the Organization would continue to stand by the Egyptian people to realize their legitimate aspirations for democracy, political participation and comprehensive development in accordance with the OIC Charter and the Ten-Year Program of Action.
Ihsanoglu renewed the readiness of the OIC to continue its support for Egypt in this defining stage of its history for the good, prosperity and glory of Egypt and its people.
OIC sets in motion drilling sites for 650 wells to resolve water crisis in Somalia
As a contribution towards resolving the water crisis in Somalia , the Organization of Islamic Cooperation held a conference in Djibouti on 26 January 2012, under the theme of “Water for Life”. This Conference was held as a follow-up on the Cairo Conference held on 5th October 2011, which constituted a campaign to mobilize the efforts of civil society institutions in the Member States in favor of an effective contribution towards resolving the crisis of drinking water for Somalia .
In an address delivered to the meeting on behalf of OIC Secretary General Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Amb. Atta El Manane Bakhit, Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, evoked the efforts undertaken by the OIC to assist Somali people in the face of the complex humanitarian calamity gripping their country. El Manane paid tribute for the significant efforts put in by Islamic Humanitarian Organizations and the members of the OIC alliance for the relief of Somalia whose efforts have, with the Grace of Allah, been instrumental in alleviating the humanitarian catastrophe in the areas of health, food and housing. He went on to add that the Water Conference constitutes the start of a new stage in dealing with the humanitarian situation in Somalia , with the aim of affecting a shift from the stage of relief to that of rehabilitation. Amb. El Manane closed his remarks with an expression of thanks to the donors who contributed to the success of the OIC humanitarian programs in Somalia .
This was followed by a statement delivered by Dr. Hamed Abdi Sultan, Minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, as a representative of the Government of Djibouti, in which he paid tribute to the efforts undertaken by the OIC and its partners among civil society institutions to help the Somali people in the face of the d isa ster they are enduring. The Minister stressed his Government’s keen interest in ensuring the success of the OIC’s humanitarian efforts in Somalia so that these efforts may offer a model of Islamic joint action in the humanitarian field. The Minister also requested, on behalf of his country, that the OIC’s action may be extended to other areas such as health, education, farming and pasture so as to help rebuild the Somali society which has been disintegrated due a dragging conflict.
It is worth noting that the Djibouti conference, which brought together more than 20 civil society institutions from OIC Member States, aims at coordinating efforts so as to set in motion the project for water provision, with pledges from Member States’ civil society institutions having climbed to a level whereby 650 wells are env isa ged to be drilled at a total cost of around $82 million. This project is the largest in Somalia ’s history for the supply of drinking water.
A link to Islamic Heritage Committee on ISESCO website
The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) have placed a link to the Islamic Heritage Committee on its website.
ISESCO Director General Dr Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri in his introduction to the link said, “The Islamic Heritage Committee has been established at a time of ongoing challenges to the Muslim Arab Ummah, which include destruction and looting of centuries-old cultural and civilizational heritage in Iraq and Afghanistan . Worse are the excavations by the Israeli occupation forces in the environs of Al Aqsa Mosque, in total lack of deference to the archaeological and religious monuments in Al Quds Al Sharif which Muslims and Christians treat as sacred.”
He pointed out, “On top of the cultural rights of both individuals and communities comes the need to preserve cultural and civilization heritage, in its being a crossing point of past, present and future and a melting-pot where people’s identities and creative genius blend together, which is why ISESCO gives prior attention to Muslim Arab heritage in its plans, programs and activities, as evidenced by the establishment of the Islamic Heritage Committee.”
An adequate mechanism, he stressed, is therefore of the essence to assess the current situation of Muslim heritage and identify historical, cultural and religious monuments in danger, with the use of modern technologies. Based on the recommendation of ISESCO, the Islamic Conference of Cultu
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