"Help Niger" - urges the OIC Secretary General

Jeddah, 13 June 2007. The Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu urged all the participants of the "International Donors Conference on Niger" to donate generously to help Niger to get rid of its chronic humanitarian crisis, in particular of food insecurity.

He was speaking in Doha on 12 June 2007 at the inaugural session of the Conference organized by the OIC and hosted by the State of Qatar. The inaugural session was also attended by the President of Council of Ministers and the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar as well as the Prime Minister of Niger.

The Conference, which is taking place as a significant part of the OIC's humanitarian actions as recommended by the OIC Ten Year Programme of Action, is being participated by the OIC Member States and Institutions, international economic and financial institutions, the United Nations and European Union agencies, representatives of civil societies and international development partners.

The OIC Secretary General termed the Conference as an expression of universal solidarity for humanitarian cause. He said that the objective of OIC's arduous efforts to arrange the Conference was to attain concrete achievements for Niger while evoking the principle of "Solidarity in Action" that stands for the new spirit of the OIC.

Prof. Ihsanoglu stated that the Conference would contribute to countering a huge challenge, which the entire world should seek to counter, by extending support to the needy OIC Member in Africa to help it overcome the persisting development crisis, to enable its people to live a decent life and achieve sustainable development.

The Conference will be concluded today and is expected to obtain significant pledges from the participants marking the end to the humanitarian crisis of Niger.