OIC Group in Geneva
- OIC Group Composition
- OIC Members to UN in Geneva
Drawing on the relevant resolutions of the ICFM’s, an OIC Group in Geneva has been established to help further improvement of Solidarity and Coordination among Member States.
The objectives of establishing this group, are: to consolidated the spirit of solidarity among the Members States; to enhance the Group’s potential by the involvement of their Ambassadors and experts in negotiations and decision making process; to coordinate the position and views of the OIC countries and harmonize their positions in the different foras and International meetings of the UN Agencies and specialized institutions, to contribute, as cross-regional Group to international decision making process.
The OIC Group in Geneva was also established to increase the effectiveness of the work of the OIC Missions aimed at promoting efficient cooperation and coordination among Members States on issues concerning Muslim Ummah.
Some keys factors in advancing the objectives of the Group are:
- Maintaining a clear vision on the work of the OIC Group
The principles and goals enshrined in the OIC Charter, the guidance of the OIC conferences; and the indicative spirit of the Group, materialized through its dealing with United Nations Agenda in Geneva constitutes the main component of the vision. In addition, resolution n° 40/30-P of the 31ICFM, entitled “Adoption by the Islamic States of a Unified Stand at International For a” also serves as a directive on Various aspect of the Group’s activities including defining mandates and scope of work as well as setting priorities and submitting of recommendations.
- Active and closer coordination
Outputs of the established mechanism of the Group for coordinating on 5 thematic issues of UNOG which are: human rights and humanitarian issues; economics and trade issues; social and related issues; technology issues and disarmament issues, could manifest in joint statement and initiatives at various conferences and for a in Geneva with great contribution to the credibility and influence of the Group.
- Follow up, review and evaluation
Joint endeavors of the Chairman and coordinators in determining appropriate follow-up measures for decision of the Group as well as, timely reporting on their implementation would have a reassuring impact on maintaining consistency within the Group. Occasion such as the transfer of the Group’s Chairmanship; visits by the Secretary General or other relevant dignitaries; and the conclusion of important meetings, like the general Conference, are appropriate times for reflection of the Group on its performance
OIC Group Composition
OIC Group Chairmanship
The Chairman of the Group is the representative of the Country which has Chairmanship term of the ICFM (Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers).
Uganda is currently the chairmanship of the OIC Group in Geneva.
OIC Group Coordinators
Coordinators are elected at the first Ambassadorial meeting following the ICFM’s annual Conference.
Until the next ICFM, the Coordinators of the OIC Group in Geneva are:
Republic of Pakistan:
Coordinator on Human rights and humanitarian issues
Islamic Republic of Iran:
Coordinator on Economic and Development issues
Republic of Algeria:
Coordinator on Disarmament and related issues
Republic of Tunisia:
Coordinator on Information, Technology and ITC’s related issues
Republic of Senegal:
Coordinator on Social and related issues
OIC Members to UN in Geneva
The OIC Group in Geneva is composed by the 52 members States which have Permanent Representation accredited to the United Nations Office in Geneva, 3 Observers States and 4 Observers from international organisations.
Permanent Missions of OIC Member States to the United Nations in Geneva
MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA
EASTERN EUROPE & CAUCASIA
OIC Observer States, International Organizations & Institutions
Central African Republic
United Nations (UN)
Non-Aligned Movement (NAM)
League of Arab States (LAS)
African Union (AU)
The OIC Group holds monthly Ambassadorial Meeting on the first Tuesday of each Month to discuss the OIC and UN Agenda and matters of common interests among the members States.
The Chairman of the OIC Group convenes the meeting and timely distributes, through the OIC Office in Geneva the Agenda of the meeting to the Members States. A report issued after each meeting is circulated among the OIC Members States and a copy is send to the OIC Secretary General in Jeddah for information, as well as to the OIC Office in New York for matter of coordination with the OIC Group in New York.
The Chairman can convey additional meeting, at Ambassadorial or expert level if needed and according to the Agenda of the UN and other international Organisations and specialized Agencies to facilitate the process of decision-making.