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Dhaka, People’s Republic of Bangladesh
5-6 May, 2018
(20-21 Sha’aban1439 AH)
We, the Foreign Ministers and Heads of Delegations of Member-States of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), participants of the 45thSession of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the OIC held in Dhaka, on 5-6 May 2018, under the theme “Islamic Values for Sustainable Peace and Development”, declare as follows:
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.
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.
DOHA: The Third International Forum for Humanitarian Work began in Doha on May 19 amid warnings from the OIC that the humanitarian situation in several Muslim countries is worsening and that growing numbers of refugees are causing state institutes to collapse.
During his speech at the opening of the forum, Ambassador Hesham Youssef, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs at the OIC, said that humanitarian action today has become more difficult and that the world is more volatile.
Leaders Gather in Jeddah for World Malaria Day; Call for Increased Investment to Save Lives & Advance Development Efforts
The General Secretariat of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation OIC (through its Department of Humanitarian Affairs) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Islamic Committee of the International Crescent (ICIC) on the 2nd of April 2015 at the headquarters of the General Secretariat in Jeddah with a view to promoting cooperation, partnership and coordination between the two sides on humanitarian assistance response as well as cooperation in the field of International Humanitarian Law.
The newly formed Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) had already adopted rules of procedure and targeted substantial issues for review, including the rights of minorities, marginalized communities and women and children, officials from the body told reporters at Headquarters today.
The foreign ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states agreed to grant humanitarian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) consultative status in the OIC. At the 39th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM), held in Djibouti, 15-17 November 2012, the Rules for Granting OIC Consultative Status to Humanitarian NGOs headquartered in an OIC member state was approved.
The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said at the opening of the First International Ministerial Conference on Refugees in the Muslim World on May 11, 2012 that it is a landmark event in the search for solutions to problems of true humanitarian nature. To this end, he reiterated OIC commitment to a strategic partnership with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and its continued and effective cooperation.
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in coordination with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Government of Turkmenistan is organizing an International Ministerial Conference on “Refugees in the Muslim World” on May 11-12, 2012 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, preceded by an OIC Senior Officials meeting on 9 and 10 May 2012. It will be the first OIC conference exclusively focusing on the refugee situation in the Muslim world and other related issues.
The OIC Ministers Responsible for Water adopted the OIC Water Vision at the conclusion of their Conference which was held in Istanbul, Turkey, from 5 to 6 March 2012. The Conference, which was hosted by the Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs of Turkey, was attended by the Ministers Responsible for Water, Deputy Ministers, senior officials, OIC institutions, observes and relevant international organizations.
The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, stressed on creating an appropriate link between economic growth and social development which constitutes one of the major components of the OIC economic cooperation strategy to address the spate of poverty and hunger in a number of OIC countries.
A high level delegation from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Action "OCHA" headed by Mr. Rashid Khalikov, Director of the OCHA office in Geneva, visited the OIC General Secretariat and was received by senior officials in the OIC.