The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is hosting the 13th Islamic Summit Conference this week, 10-15 April, in the city of Istanbul, Turkey. Leaders of the Islamic world are engaged in practical decision-making relating to measures aimed at developing joint Islamic action and advancing the OIC’s roles regional and international scales. The Summit will look at the adoption of the ‘OIC Programme of Action: 2016 – 2025’, which constitutes a strategic vision with specific priorities addressing: peace and security, terrorism and extremism, humanitarian work, human rights, development and poverty alleviation, the rights of women, children and family in the Islamic world, higher education, science and technology, and cultural exchange among OIC Member States.
This years’ Summit, held under the theme ‘unity and solidarity for justice and peace’ will also discuss the current situation in Syria, Yemen, Libya, Afghanistan, Somalia, Mali, Jammu and Kashmir, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Armenia’s aggressions on Azerbaijan, as well as other Member States afflicted by conflicts and unstable security situations.
The Egyptian Deputy Foreign Minister for Multilateral Affairs and representative of the 12th session of the Islamic Summit Conference, Ambassador Hisham Badr, delivered a speech where he praised the efforts exerted by the OIC over the past months. Ambassador Badr highlighted that the OIC was founded on the basis of promoting solidarity among the OIC Member States and consolidating relations among the peoples of the Muslim Ummah.
In 2015 the OIC commended the Islamic Reporting Initiative for its capacity to make businesses in the Islamic world more sustainable, by leveraging the potential of cultural identity and diversity. The OIC continues to be an invaluable partner in the ongoing development of the initiative.
“The OIC commends the IRI in its efforts in promoting economic, social and environmental prosperity in a manner that is not only impact-oriented and sustainable, but culturally-relevant and responsive”.
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