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Ambassador Nassima Baghli adresses the 70th session of the World Health Assemby


The OIC Geneva Permanent Representative, H.E. Ms Nassima Baghli addressed the 70th session of the World Health Assembly on 24 May 2017. The theme for the general debate at this 70th session is "Building better systems for health in the age of sustainable development". 

Ambassador Bagli reaffirmed the OIC commitment to place health high on its agenda, as demonstrated by its milestone documents the OIC-2025 Programme of Action and the OIC Strategic Health Programme of Action 2014-2023. She mentioned the activities undertaken by the Islamic Development Bank in particular, on health infrastructure and human resources development in OIC Member States and underlined as well, the intra-OIC cooperation in building of health capacities.

Furthermore, she informed on OIC activities on cancer prevention and control and efforts on facilitating access to essential vaccines and medicines.

She also reaffirmed the OIC commitment to the total eradication of polio by 2019 and informed on the extension of the mandate of the Islamic Advisory Group to cover mother and child health and overall immunisation activities, in line with the transition of polio assets.

Ambassador Baghli also reaffirmed the OIC concern over the deteriorating health conditions in the occupied Palestinian territory, particularly in East Jerusalem, as well as in the occupied Syrian Golan, as a result of health-jeopardizing measures perpetuated by Israel, the occupying power. Moreover, she reiterated the OIC call for proper international access to Palestinian detainees and prisoners and the inspection of their conditions, stressing that Israel, the occupying power, must be held fully accountable for their well-being, including those on hunger strike.

This year's World Health Assembly is of particular importance as a new Director General was elected on 23 May 2017. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, an Ethiopian national, will lead the World Health Organization for the next five years.

The World Health Assembly will continue its work until 31 May 2017 and will cover a variety of issues ranging from mother and child health, non-communicable diseases and health of migrants.


OIC Coordination Meeting on Health Issues Convenes during the 70th World Health Assembly


The OIC General Secretariat in coordination with Turkey, Chair of the 5th Session of the Islamic Conference of Health Ministers (ICHM) organised a Coordination Meeting on the margins of the World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva on 22 May 2017. The Meeting was attended by Senior Officials of the Member States who are attending the week-long 70th WHA. The Meeting provided a perfect opportunity to the Member States to assess the global heath agenda from the OIC perspective and to form harmonised positions on a number of issues of common interest.

In her remarks on behalf of the Secretary General, the OIC Permanent Observer to the UN in Geneva Ambassador Nassima Baghli highlighted OIC programmes and activities. She noted that OIC had become an important partner in health related initiatives at the international level.

On his part, the Representative of Turkey Dr. Öner Güner, Director General of EU and Foreign Affairs in the Ministry of Health hailed the OIC General Secretariat for embracing this important initiative. He underscored the importance of such a gathering in affording the OIC Member States the opportunity to shape and influence the global health agenda.

The Meeting was also addressed by the Representative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia who gave a brief on the preparations for the 6th session of ICHM scheduled to be held in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on 5-7 December 2017.

The Meeting listened to the OIC-endorsed candidate for the post of Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Dr. Sania Nishtar from Pakistan. She outlined her vision for the WHO and called on Member States to rally behind her to implement her vision for the good of the WHO and global health at large.

The highly billed election of the new Director General of the WHO, in which three candidates from Pakistan, Ethiopia and United Kingdom, are running for the office is scheduled for 23 May 2017.

Ambassador Nassima Baghli Presented Her Credentials as New OIC Permanent Observer to the UN in Geneva


Ambassador Nassima Baghli, the new Permanent Observer of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to the United Nations Office at Geneva, presented on 3rd of April 2017, her credentials to Mr. Michael Møller, the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva.

During the ceremony, Ambassador Baghli and Mr. Møller underlined the excellent relations which exist between the two organizations and pledged to further diversify and strengthen them.

OIC Geneva Office participates at the 107th Session of the IOM COuncil


The OIC Geneva Office participated at the 107th Session of the International Migration Organization (IOM) Council, held from 5 to 8 December 2016, at the Palais des Nations, in Geneva. This 107th Session marked the 65th anniversary of the leading migration organization. 

During the Session, Member States and Observers, found the opportunity to listen to the annual report of the IOM Director General, William Lacy Swing, as well as to the keynote addresses delivered by the President of Malta, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca and the President of the  UN General Assembly, Peter Thomson.

Panel discussions on Global compact on safe, orderly and regular migration and the Grand bargain for humanitarian financing, awere also held.

During the general debate, Ambassador Aissata KANE, Acting Permanent Observer of the OIC Delegation in Geneva, delivered a statement on behalf of the OIC, where she expressed the continious OIC engagement in the discussions on migration governance. Moreover, she emphasized on the need to fight against xenophobia and discrimination in all its forms. She fiurther called for greater solidarity and tolerance.

OIC Geneva Office participates at the Commemoration of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People


The OIC Geneva Office participated at the commemoration of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People held at the United Nations Office at Geneva on 29 November 2016. This Special Meeting was organized in observance of General Assembly resolution 32/40B of 2 December 1977.

Ambassador Aissata Kane, Acting Permanent Observer, delivered a statement on behalf of H.E. Dr. Yousef A. Al-Othaimeen, the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. 

The following delegations also addressed the Special Meeting: Nicaragua on behalf of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People; Sri Lanka on behalf of the Chair of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories; the League of Arab States; Venezuela on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement; the African Union in a video message; and the World Young Women’s Christian Association and Young Women’s Christian Association of Palestine, speaking on behalf of non-governmental organizations accredited to the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.

OIC Geneva marks the handover of Presidency from Kuwait to Uzbekistan


The OIC Geneva Office convened an Ambassadorial meeting on 16 November 2016 at the Geneva Office, for the handover of the OIC Chairmanship from Kuwait to Uzbekistan, pursuant to the holding of the 43rd Session of OIC Council of Foreign Ministers on 18-19 October 2016 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

The incoming Uzbek Chair, Mr Ulugbek Lapasov, Chargé d’affaires of the Mission of Uzbekistan opened the meeting and welcomed the participants. The outgoing Chair H.E. Ambassador Jamal Al Ghunaim, Permanent Representative of Kuwait, made a few farewell words and thanked all the work undertaken by Member States, in particular coordinators and the OIC Geneva Office so far and called for joining in more efforts in order to achieve effective results.

The meeting also discussed activities from the different OIC Geneva Group coordinators.

OIC Geneva Office participates at the 6th Ministerial Conference on the Role of Women in the Development of OIC Member States in Istanbul



The Acting Permanent Observer of the OIC Delegation to the United Nations in Geneva, Ambassador Aissata KANE participates at the 6th Ministerial Conference on the Role of Women in the Development of OIC Member States to be held from 2 to 3 November 2016, under the patronage of the President of the Republic of Turkey, Mr Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Under the theme "Status of Women in OIC Member States in light of the current challenges", the Conference will discuss Member States' policies and success stories in the field of  women empowerment  and explore implementation mechanisms for the recently amended OIC Plan of Action for the Advancement of  Women (OPAAW).

A Senior Officials meeting was held on 1 November 2016 prior to the Conference, where OIC specialized agencies and affiliated organs took the opportunity to present best practices. During the working sessions, Ambassador KANE made a presentation on OIC's actions in the implementation of the UN Securtiy Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security in Member States.



OIC Geneva Office participates at the Workshop on Women's Empowerment in Ankara


At the invitation of the OIC General Secretariat and SESRIC, the Acting Permanent Observer of the OIC Delegation to the United Nations in Geneva, Ambassador Aissata KANE participated to a workshop aimed at providing a platform of discussion on the OIC Plan of Action for the Advancement of Women (OPAAW), from 3 to 4 October 2016 in Ankara, Turkey.

The workshop was the occasion to update the OIC Plan of Action on Women and to identify steps forward for a better implementation of the annexed matrix of actions at national level and regional levels. In this regard, Member States present shared their national experiences by presenting the good practices but also challenges faced toward the empowerment of women in Islamic Societies

OIC Members States, as well as specialized and affiliated Institutions reiterated the importance of developing strong policies and actions oriented goals aimed at empowering women and providing them with sustained opportunities and significant means to play more preponderant role in political, economic, cultural and social spheres within their communities.

The participants of the workshop came up with recommendations on how to strengthen this OPAAW and to mainstream its core and noble objectives. The set of recommendations will be presented for discussion and adoption at the 6th Ministerial Conference on Women, which will be held from 1-2 November 2016, in Istanbul, Turkey.  

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OIC Permanent Delegation in Geneva celebrated the 47th anniversary of the OIC


On the occasion of the celebration of the forty-seventh anniversary of the OIC, the Permanent Delegation of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Geneva has organized a well-attended reception at the Palais des Nations on 26 September 2016. The ceremony was co-hosted by Ambassador Jamal M.I. Alghunaim, Chair of the OIC Group in Geneva and Permanent Representative of the State of Kuwait and Ambassador Aissata Kane, Acting Permanent Observer of the OIC Delegation in Geneva.

The reception was attended by a number of UN eminent officials including the Directors General of UNOG and WIPO and the Executive Director of UNITAR, Ambassadors of OIC Geneva Group, members of the Geneva diplomatic community and OIC partners. The event was the occasion to present OIC culinary diversity and meals offered by OIC Member States.  

OIC Geneva Office participates at the international workshop on the role of democracy in preventing and fighting violent extremism and terrorism in Algiers


The Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has organized an international workshop on “the role of democracy in preventing and fighting violent extremism and terrorism”, which took place at the Palace of Nations in Algiers on 7-8 September 2016. The workshop brought together high-level experts and representatives of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF), the Sahel countries, the OIC, the African Union, the Arab League, the European Union and EUROPOL.

The objective of the workshop was to provide the participants with the opportunity to exchange expertise, opinions, best practices and lessons learned in the fight against violent extremism and terrorism and to propose some guidelines for credible and sustainable security.

An OIC Geneva Office representative participated in this workshop and delivered a statement on behalf of the OIC General Secretariat. 

photo credit Algeria Press Service

Joint OIC-UNHCR Meeting on Forced Displacement


In preparations for the 19 September United Nations Summit on Refugees and Migrants, a joint OIC-UNHCR meeting on regional displacement for OIC Member States with the participation of Ambassador Hesham Youssef, OIC Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, and Mr. Volker Turk, Assistant High Commissioner for Protection and Director of the Division of International Protection, took place on 25 July 2016, in Room XXV at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. 

The purpose of the meeting was to provide an opportunity for the OIC and UNHCR to share updates on regional displacements and large-scale movements in and throughout OIC States. 

UN-OIC Meeting Reviews areas of cooperation


The 13th General Cooperation Meeting between the Secretariats of the United Nations and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and their Institutions took place at the United Nations Office in Geneva from 11 to 13 May 2016.  The meeting was held pursuant to General Assembly resolution A/RES/69/317 of 10 September 2015. It was co-chaired by Ambassador Hameed Opeloyeru, OIC Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Affairs, and Mr. Miroslav Jenča, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs.

High-level representatives from 32 UN and OIC funds, programs and agencies participated in the Meeting.  The participants reviewed all aspects of cooperation in the political, economic, social, humanitarian and human rights areas.  They welcomed the progress achieved in the implementation of joint projects and activities. New projects of cooperation with concrete time lines of implementation and indicating responsible entities have been approved by the meeting in the Matrix of activities within the framework of the UN-OIC collaboration for 2016-2018. 

The meeting took note of the adoption of the goals and objectives of the OIC 2025 Program of Action. The participants also recognized that the further strengthening of UN-OIC partnership, while addressing common issues of concern to the two Organizations, will contribute to international peace and stability as well as to meeting the sustainable development goals (SDGs) 2030. 

13th Session of the Islamic Summit in Istanbul concludes successfully


The 13th Islamic Summit Conference on " Unity and Solidarity for Justice and Peace " was held on 14 and 15 April 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. To read about the Summit, please  click here

For the main Summit documents; Istanbul Declaration, Final Communiqué, Resolutions and OIC-2025 Plan of Action, please click here.

OIC Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs meets with OIC Geneva Ambassadors prior to the Global Consultations for the World Humanitarian Summit


An OIC Geneva Ambassadorial level meeting took place on 13 October 2015 the Palais des Nations, prior to the Global Consultations for the World Humanitarian Summit (14-16 October 2015) organized in Geneva. The meeting was convened at the request of the Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs. The objective of the meeting was to discuss the preparation for the World Humanitarian Summit and identify the issues of importance from the perspective of the OIC Member States. The meeting was chaired by the Ambassador of Pakistan H.E., Ms Tehmina JANJUA, in her capacity of OIC Geneva Group Coordinator for Human Rights ans Humanitarian affairs.

Panellists of the meeting included Mr Stephen O’BRIEN, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Dr Jamila MAHMOUD, Chief of the WHS Secretariat, Mr Berk BARAN, the Deputy Permanent Representative of Turkey, in his capacity of the WHS host country and H.E. Ambassador Hesham YOUSSEF, OIC Assistant Secretary General.

OIC participates in the flag raising ceremony for the Holy See and the State of Palestine


The Permanent Delegation of the OIC to the United Nations Office in Geneva, headed by its Permanent Observer, Ambassador Slimane Chikh, participated in the flag raising ceremony for the Holy See and the State of Palestine, which took place on 13 October 2015 at the Allée des Drapeaux of the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

During his speech, H.E. Dr. Riad Malki, the Foreign Affairs Minister of the State of Palestine, underlined the importance of raising the flag that represents a summary of Palestinian people’s plight for freedom and justice and its determination to become a full-fledged member of the United Nations.

He expressed his confidence that one day – soon – the Palestinian people shall celebrate with all peace-loving nations and peoples from around the world raising the Palestinian flag over their capital Jerusalem. 

OIC participates in the side-event on Islamophobia at the margins of the 30th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva


Ambassador Slimane Chikh, Permanent Representative of the OIC, participated as a panellist in the side event entitled “Islamophobia in French-speaking countries in Europe: the Islamophobia in the Media”, organized on 29 September 2015 by a group of civil society organizations at the margins of the 30th regular session of the Human Rights Council.

During his presentation, the Ambassador has briefly presented the OIC efforts in the fight against Islamophobia, and stressed the Organization’s commitment to continue combatting extremism in its various forms. Furthermore, he referred to the latest report of OIC Islamophobia Observatory and informed that OIC institutions agreed to increase joint collaboration and formulate a plan to counter extreme violence, sectarianism and Islamophobia. In the same vein, he recalled the importance of the HRC resolution 16/18 and the Istanbul Process and emphasized the importance of education for youth to transmit “a culture of tolerance and peace”.

OIC Geneva Permanent Observer participates in the IDB Panel on Reducing Trade Costs in OIC Member Countries at the WTO


Ambassador Slimane Chikh has participated as a panellist in the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group’s Plenary Session on “Reducing Trade Costs in the OIC Member Countries”, which was held on 30 June 2015 from 15h to 17h at WTO Headquarters in Geneva, at the occasion of the 5th Global Review of Aid for Trade.  

The objective of this regionally focused session was to address efforts to reduce the cost of trade among IDB Group Members in the context of a dynamic picture, characterised by continued high rates of growth of some IDB members, on-going economic instability among others, and significant fiscal challenges arising from slowing commodity prices for many. The session aimed also at examining the issue of trade facilitation by providing the examples of global excellence in transport and logistics in some IDB Member States and the challenges arising from cumbersome and time-consuming border procedures found elsewhere.


OIC Reception


The OIC Secretary General, H.E. Mr Iyad Ameen Madani hosted a reception at the sidelines of the High-level segment of the 28th Session of the Human Rights Council on 2 March 2015. OIC Member States Ambassadors, other Ambassadors and delegation representatives to the UN at Geneva and distinguished participants from non-governmentales organizations attended the reception. The reception gave the opportunity to announce the fifth session of the Istanbul Process on the implementation of the Human Rights Council resolution 16/18, to be held in June 2015 at the OIC Headquarters in Jedddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,  in a convivial atmosphere.

OIC Permanent Delegation in Geneva celebrated the forty-fifth anniversary of the Organization by hosting a roundtable discussion on the South-South cooperation


The OIC Permanent Delegation in Geneva organised a roundtable discussion focusing on the South-South cooperation on 29 September 2014 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The roundtable discussion  aimed at sharing views of different partners on how to better advance South-South cooperation both inside and between specific regional groups, but also through exchange of best practices and lessons learned among different regional entities, multilateral institutions and international organisations. The event further focused on how enriching successful experiences of some developing countries can help others to better shape and reach sustainable development goals.

The Acting Director-General of the United Nations Office in Geneva, Mr Mr Michael MØLLER opened the discussisons and, high-level speakers representing Africa Progress Panel, UNCTAD, UNDP and the South Centre, as well as from the OIC subsidiary organs ICDT and SESRIC addressed the participants. 

The roundtable was followed by a reception hosted by the Permanent Delegation and Members of the OIC in Geneva.  

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