OIC Press Release
|24 September 2000|
The second meeting of the Inter-governmental Group of Experts entrusted to draw up the draft executive work program for the Dialogue Among Civilizations opened at the headquarters of the General Secretariat of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), in Jeddah, Saturday 25 Jumad Al-Thani, 1421H (23 September 2000). The Group’s first meeting, in February, 2000, had prepared the document containing the Universal Declaration for the Dialogue Among Contemporary Civilizations from an Islamic Perspective.
During its present meeting, the experts will examine the ten-year executive program — a document whose consideration had been postponed until such time when the member states will have forwarded their observations thereon, i.e. in the period separating the first and second meetings.
The ten-year work program document covers several areas, including education, science, technology, culture, information and the environment, in addition to the social field, with each of these domains comprising the Islamic vision as to the foundations and principles of the dialogue with others.
Saturday’s opening session was presided over by Dr. Javad Zarif, the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, in his capacity as representative of the Chair of the Eighth Islamic Summit (Iran).
The two-day meeting will discuss the document relating to the executive work program of the Dialogue Among Civilizations as well as the member states’ observations thereon, especially that seven member states, namely the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Republic of Iraq, the State of Qatar, the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya and the Sultanate of Oman submitted resolutions and proposals concerning the program of a nature as to enrich the ideas therein.