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The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) is the second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations which has membership of 57 states spread over four continents. The Organization is the collective voice of the Muslim world and ensuring to safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony among various people of the world. The Organization was established upon a decision of the historical summit which took place in Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco on 12th Rajab 1389 Hijra (25 September 1969) as a result of criminal arson of Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem.

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  • About OICThe Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) is the second largest inter-

    governmental organization after the United Nations with a membership of 57 states spread over four continents. The OIC is the collective voice of the Muslim world. It endeavors to safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony among various peoples of the world.

    The OIC was established pursuant a decision adopted by the historical summit which took place in Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco, on 12th Rajab 1389 AH/ 25 September 1969 AD, following the criminal arson of Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem. In 1970, the first ever meeting of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Minister (ICFM) was held in Jeddah. It adopted the decision to establish a permanent secretariat in Jeddah headed by the secretary general. Prof Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu is the 9th Secretary General who assumed office in January 2005 after being elected by the 31st ICFM Session.

    The first OIC Charter was adopted by the 3rd ICFM Session held in 1972. The original Charter was amended to keep pace with the developments that have unraveled recently across the world. The 11th Islamic Summit held in Dakar in March 2008 endorsed the new Charter, which laid down the objectives and principles of the organization and fundamental purposes to strengthen the principles of solidarity and cooperation among the Member States. Over the last 40 years, the OIC membership has grown from its founding members of 25 to 57 states.

    The OIC has the singular honor of galvanizing the Ummah into a unified voice and representing Muslims by espousing all causes close to the hearts of over 1.5 billion Muslims in the world.

    The Member States of the OIC face many challenges in the 21st century. To address these challenges, the 3rd Extraordinary Session of the Islamic Summit held in Makkah in December 2005, laid down a blue print called the Ten-Year Program of Action (TYPOA) which envisages joint action by the Member States, promotion of tolerance and moderation, modernization, extensive reforms in all spheres of activities including science and technology, education, and development of trade. It also emphasizes good governance and the promotion of human rights in the Muslim world, especially with regard to the childrens and womens rights as well as family values enshrined in Islamic Shariah (Law).

    For more details, visit the OIC website at URL www.oic-oci.org Tel: 02-6515222 Fax 02-6512288

    P.O. Box 178. Jeddah 21411 Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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  • Organization of the Islamic Conference

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    Organization of the Islamic ConferenceOIC

    40th Anniversary

    General SecretariatInformation Department

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    Table of Contents

    Foreword by OIC Secretary General, Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu Preface

    - Chapter I : OIC organs Islamic Summit

    Ordinary Sessions

    Extraordinary Sessions

    Council of Foreign Ministers

    Ordinary Meetings

    Extraordinary Sessions Sectoral ministerial meetings

    Standing Committees Executive Committee Permanent Representatives Committee International Islamic Court of Justice Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission General Secretariat

    Secretary General

    Assistant Secretaries-General

    Departments at the General Secretariat

    OIC Organs and Institutions

    Subsidiary organs

    Specialized institutions

    Affiliated institutions

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    - Chapter II : OIC itinerary1 - OIC role in promoting Islamic unity

    2- Reform process* Ten-Year Program of Action

    * Charter

    3- OIC External Relations * United Nations

    * European Union

    * League of Arab States

    * African Union

    * Gulf Cooperation Council

    Chapter III : Publications * Islamophobia Report * OIC Journal

    * Weekly Newsletter

    * Daily News Monitoring Brief

    * Website

    * Other publications

    Chapter IV : OIC Headquarters

    Chapter V : Member States

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  • Organization of the Islamic Conference

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    OIC Secretary GeneralProfessor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu

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    Foreword by OIC Secretary GeneralProfessor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu

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    Forty years ago, twenty-five states from the

    Muslim world agreed to set up a framework for

    collective cooperation to serve common causes.

    Over time, this togetherness evolved into the 57-

    member Organization of the Islamic Conference

    (OIC).

    On this 40th anniversary of the OIC creation, I

    feel privileged, in my capacity as the OIC Secretary

    General, to share with the readers of this book

    some of my views, observations and impressions

    about the OIC and my thoughts as to its future

    prospects.

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    already taken strong hold in the political discourse and popular consciousness of

    Westerners, resulting in an erroneous impression depicting Islam as an enemy.

    We believe that the rise in tone and frequency of such a negative and

    offensive discourse does not bode well for the future of the two sides as well as

    for the future of humanity as a whole. Faced with this stark and regrettable reality,

    we made it our duty to defend the true image of Islam.

    To correct this perception, we were very active on different fronts. We

    approached the UN Human Rights Council and UN-related institutions in Geneva;

    we brought our case to the UN General Assembly where we managed to pass

    several resolutions over the last few years that deplored acts of discrimination

    and intolerance instigating hatred of religions. We called, on every occasion, for

    wider cooperation to put an end to this sort of incitement. We responded firmly to

    the instigators of fanaticism and hatred against Islam as it happened in the case

    of the Danish offensive cartoons, or the Dutch film Fitna. We have engaged

    with Western scholars, think-tanks and relevant fora in Europe and in the US and

    evoked the need to implement the international covenants and legal instruments

    such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) in an

    attempt to put an end to this negative trend.

    Today, we are still pursuing our endeavor of dialogue among civilizations,

    which we initiated at the level of the United Nations since 1998. We are determined

    to continue our efforts to preserve, carry and reflect the true image of Islam to the

    world as a religion of tolerance, peaceful coexistence, and moderation, calling

    for the respect of human dignity and human rights and advocating harmony and

    concord.

    The encouraging remarks recently conveyed by U.S. President Barrack

    Obama about Islam and his promises to start a new course of engagement and

    cooperation with the Muslim world on the basis of mutual interest and reciprocal respect are indeed very heartening and promising. The good example set by

    Ireland on July 10, 2009, through passing a Defamation (of religion) Bill that

    bans publishing or uttering blasphemous matter, is very welcomed as it sets an

    example of the need for such a law to ensure harmony, peace and concord among

    fellow human beings regardless of their religion, race, language or ethnic origin.

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    In this vein, I have repeatedly called for a historic reconciliation between

    Islam and Christianity, as was the case between Judaism and Christianity in

    the last century. I think that what brings the followers of all religions together

    outweighs what separates them. This is all the more true when it comes to the

    West and Islam, given the commonalities that link them at the level of spirituality,

    intellectual heritage, geographical proximity an