Opening of the Proceedings of the Twenty-Third Session of the Islamic Commission for Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs of the Organization of the Islamic Conference

OIC Press Release

20 January 2000

Opening of the Proceedings of the Twenty-Third Session of the Islamic Commission for Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs of the Organization of the Islamic Conference

Proceedings of the Twenty-Third Session of the Islamic Commission for Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs open today, Saturday 15 Shawal 1420H (22 January 2000) with the participation of representatives from the different Member States of the Organization of the Islamic Conference. The Session is to continue for five days.

Having taken cognizance of the reports submitted to it by the Secretary General of the OIC, Dr. Azeddine LARAKI, the Commission will now apply itself to examining the economic conditions of Islamic States and the obstacles impeding their progress because of the repercussions of regional and international economic blocks on the Islamic world, including the entry into market of the Common European Currency (The Euro), as well as examining the economic problems facing the Palestinian people and the Lebanese and Syrian inhabitants of the occupied Arab territories and ways to provide economic assistance to some Islamic States, ways to overcome the social and economic damages caused to the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya by the economic sanctions imposed on it, in addition to studying an effective mechanism which would achieve a qualitative leap in economic relations between Member States of the OIC by moving towards the creation of an Islamic Common Market to reinforce economic integration between Member States and meet the aspirations of the Islamic Ummah to enter the twenty-five century.

With respect to Cultural and Social Affairs, the Commission is to look into the assessment and review of the achievements of the past year regarding issues of cooperation between Member States on cultural, social and scientific matters, including the cultural strategy and action plan of the Islamic world, adopting a unified position on the disregard of Islamic sanctities and values, preserving the Islamic heritage in the world, adopting a Unified Hijri Calendar, and supporting Islamic Universities and Cultural Centres and institutions. With respect to social affairs, the Commission deliberates on a number of topics, such as environmental issues in the Islamic world including Israeli practices and their adverse impact on the environment throughout the occupied Arab territories, as well as the role of science and technology in the social and economic development of Member States, the role of women in the development of the Islamic society, cooperation between Member States in combating epidemics, the abuse of drugs and psychotropic materials, and their illegal production and trade.

Members of the Commission will also be apprised of the activities of the Subsidiary Organs and Specialized Institutions of the OIC working in cultural areas for it to examine how to energize their role on the international cultural arena.

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