For first time in OIC history, humanitarian NGOs granted consultative status

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.

“It is the first time in the history of the OIC that NGOs are granted this status, which is expected to bridge the big gap between coordinating the activities of governments and humanitarian organizations in the member states,” said OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu.

The Rules allow Humanitarian Non-governmental Organizations headquartered in an OIC Member State to apply for Consultative Status in the OIC. The humanitarian NGOs has to be registered officially and accredited to work in the activity specified in the application for consultative status. Muslim minorities and communities humanitarian relief organizations accredited in the States where these minorities and communities exist and operate in their favor can also apply.

The qualified humanitarian NGOs by the OIC would enable them to participate in the meetings relevant to their activities and to provide consultations and advice in the humanitarian field to promote the principles and objectives of the OIC Charter.

“Qualified humanitarian NGOs are expected to form a council and nominate a representative to the OIC. They will also hold a conference prior to OIC Summits in order to present their recommendations to the Muslim world leaders,” said OIC Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Atta El-Manan Bakhit.