OIC Groups in Vienna and UNESCO (Paris)
OIC Group in Vienna
Ambassador Slimane CHIKH and Mr Yury FEDOTOV Director General of UNOV
The OIC Delegation in Geneva is also accredited to the United Nations Office in Vienna (UNOV) since 1992. The UNOV, established since 1980, is serving as liaison Office with permanents missions, and governments, intergovernmental and non governmental organisations in Vienna.
The OIC Office is working closely with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) which is associated with the UNOV, and is participating also in the work of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), located in Vienna.
The OIC Members represented in Vienna have created in 2005 an OIC Group in Vienna functioning as the OIC Group in Geneva, aiming to collaborate and to strengthen the position of the OIC States while dealing with the issues (Crime, terrorism, Corruption, Drug control etc) or with other issues of common interest related to the work and activities of the UN Offices and other Organisations based in Vienna.
The election of the Chair of this group follows the same proceeding as for other groups established in Geneva and Unesco (Paris). The State which has the chair of the Current ICFM is heads the OIC Group for one year.
OIC Group in UNESCO
The OIC Group in UNESCO (Paris- France) has been established since 2005 to strengthen the OIC cooperation between OIC and UNESCO and achieve the common goals in term of socio-economics, cultural and scientific development and to face challenges in the field of education, illiteracy and knowledge.
By launching the OIC Group in UNESCO, the OIC paves the way for better interaction together with its partner to preserve cultural and historical heritage around the world and specifically in the OIC members States, to strengthen the dialogue among civilisations and to remove the barriers of misunderstanding by consolidating human bond connecting people.
The OIC group in UNESCO is expected to play a greater and dynamic role in coordination and defence of the OIC's position on the main international issues covered by the UNESCO, mainly in the field of illiteracy and promotion of socio-economic, cultural and scientific development of the OIC Members Sates.
Protecting the holy site in Jerusalem and else where, promoting intercultural
dialogue and cultural diversity, combating islamophobia are among the
main objectives of the OIC group in Paris UNESCO.