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