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”.