(New York, 1 October 2015) At a high-level meeting yesterday on the margins of the 70th United Nations General Assembly, the United States of America, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) called for greater engagement from the international community on the dire humanitarian crisis in Iraq.
Statement issued on behalf of:
The Rt Hon Justine Greening, UK Secretary of State for International Development
H.E. Ambassador Hesham Youssef, Assistant Secretary-General, Organization of Islamic Cooperation
Mr Stephen O’Brien, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
An Emergency Open-ended Meeting of the Executive Committee at the level of Permanent Representatives on the humanitarian crisis in Syria was convened on 13th September 2015 at the General Secretariat in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to discuss the dramatic escalation of the tragedy of the Syrian refugees in the region and beyond. H.E.
The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted today the resolution sponsored by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on “Ensuring accountability and justice for all violations of international law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem”.
A delegation from the OIC Department of Humanitarian Affairs held talks in Washington on 1st June 2015 with USAID and the State Department on the best ways and means of furthering cooperation between the two institutions in the humanitarian domain. The OIC delegation was led by Ambassador Hesham Youssef, the ASG for Humanitarian Affairs and the US team was headed by Mr. Thomas H. Staal, the Acting Assistant Administrator at USAID.