The Turkiye Diyanet Foundation achieved the status of humanitarian aid consultant at the 13th Islamic Summit, organized by The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) during 14th and 15th of April 2016. The summit was held in Istanbul by the OIC, which is the biggest intergovernmental Islamic organization, and all 57 deputies of the member states participated in the summit.
Humanitarian aid providing civil society organizations mandated these summits to form a strategic plan in aiding deprived citizens, solving global issues and initiating aid projects with the help of the OIC member states.
The main focus of these summits are organizing humanitarian aid, determining new (cooperative) aid possibilities by the civil society organizations, exchanging field experiences and providing solutions to the difficulties, dangers and calamities of humanitarian aid.
The status of the humanitarian aid consultant will allow the Turkiye Diyanet Foundation to look into areas afflicted by war, calamity and poverty in order to share, analyse, discuss and coordinate in corporation with the OIC. Besides coordinating humanitarian aid, the foundation will be able to offer proposals which permanently help the deprived people in the afflicted areas. Our foundation will be recognized by the member states of the OIC and attend the upcoming summits.
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation
The Organization was established upon a decision of the historical summit which took place in Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco on 5th September 1967 as a result of criminal arson of Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem.
In 1970 the first ever meeting of Islamic Conference of Foreign Minister (ICFM) was held in Jeddah which decided to establish a permanent secretariat in Jeddah until headed by the organization’s secretary general. The name was changed to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in 2011, at the 38th ICFM in Astana.
The Organisation’s mission and vision:
- To be enhance and consolidate the bonds of fraternity and solidarity among the Member States as a Muslim community,
- Safeguard and protect the common interests and support the legitimate causes of the Member States and coordinate and unify the efforts of the Member States in view of the challenges faced by the Islamic world in particular and the international community in general;
- Respect the right of self-determination and non-interference in the domestic affairs and to respect sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of each Member State;
- Exert efforts to achieve sustainable and comprehensive human development and economic well-being in Member States;
- Protect and defend the true image of Islam, to combat defamation of Islam and encourage dialogue among civilizations and religions;
- Enhance and develop science and technology and encourage research and cooperation among Member States in these fields;
The Organisation has 57 state members: Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, The United Arab Emirates, Brunei, Burkina-Faso, Algeria, Djibouti, Chad, Indonesia, Morocco, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Iraq, Iran, Cameroon, Qatar, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Palau, Kuwait, Libya, Lebanon, Maldives, Malaysia, Mali, Egypt, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Senegal, Sierra Leon, Somalia, Sudan, Surinam, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Oman, Jordan and Yemen (Syria’s membership has been suspended on 14-15 August during the 4. Extraordinary summit).
The Organisation is furthermore composed of several observer countries and organizations:
As for the observer countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Central African Republic, Thailand, Russia and the Turkish Cypriot State. As for governing organizations: Economic Cooperation Organization/ECO, United Nations/UN, Non-Aligned Movement/NAM,
League of Arab States/LAS, African Union/AU, Parliamentary Union of the OIC Member States/PUOICM and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front/MILF.
Being the host of a summit is done in turns in subgroups of continents (Arab, Asia and Africa). Until this day, the member states have gathered for 13 Islamic Summits, of which 4 where extraordinary. During the 13th summit, held on 14-15 April 2016, Egypt passed its chairmanship to the host country of the Event: Turkey. The chairmanship of Turkey will continue until the year 2019.
The 13th Islamic Summit Conference of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation,
14th-15th April 2016
The summit in Istanbul was held under the name “Unity and Solidarity for justice and Peace”.
The 13th summit is the beginning of Turkey’s chairmanship of the OIC; 21 presidents, 9 prime ministers, 9 minister deputies, 12 ministers and Muslims from the Crimea and Rakhine State attended the summit. Some of the important issues are as follows:
- Since the establishment of the OIC in 1969 Turkey hosted the Summit for the first time.
- Both King Salman of Saudi Arabia and Hasan Ruhani of Iran attended the summit. It was the first meeting of the two states since the cease of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
- It was the first meeting of Yemen and Iran after Iran supported the Houthi revolt in Yemen which caused the immediate termination of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
- Turkey has received the chairmanship of the OIC from Egypt. This was the first high end visit to Turkey by the newly established government after the coup in Egypt
- The OIC started the first campaign against ISIS/Daesh after the Coalition of Foreign countries led by the USA.
The Turkiye Diyanet Foundation became the consultant of the OIC by means of the General Directorate of Project and Services. As the consultant of the OIC, The Religious Foundation is allowed to attend the summits, present proposals and lead in various humanitarian aid projects across the world.
Furthermore, the “OIC 2025: PROGRAMME OF ACTION” which sets goals for the coming 10 years, has been accepted. This programme contains the general goals – which are present since the establishment of the OIC – along with 18 goals aimed to achieve until the year 2025.
General Principals of the Organisation of Islamic Corporation
- Reflective of the aspirations of the peoples of the Member States in accordance with the principles of the OIC
- Islamic solidarity, partnership and cooperation on the political, social and economic fields.
- Collective approach for identification of targets and implementation of projects.
- Country ownership and leadership to assure participation of member states
- Good Governance
- Effective coordination and synergy to prevent inefficient and double work
Goals of the 2025 Programme of Action
Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Sharif, Counter-terrorism, Extremism, Violent Extremism, Radicalization, Sectarianism, & Islamophobia, Moderation, Inter-Cultural and Interfaith Dialogue and Harmony, Peace and Security, Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability, Poverty Alleviation, Trade, Investment and Finance, Agriculture and Food Security, Employment, Infrastructure and Industrialization, Science, Technology and Innovation, Education, Health. Advancement and Empowerment of Women, Family Welfare, and Social Security, Joint Islamic Humanitarian Action, Human Rights, Good Governance and Accountability, Media and Public Diplomacy, ICT and Digital Information Structure, OIC Institutional Reforms
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation 2025 Action Programme
- The directions contained in various declarations, agreements, conventions and resolutions adopted by the OIC to provide the necessary framework to the development paradigm pursued in this Programme of Action. This document marks the second phase of the OIC Ten Year Programme of Action (TYPOA) that was initiated in 2005.
- The Goals are aimed at promoting and consolidating unity and solidarity among the OIC Member States as they seek to pursue their common interests at the international fora. The Charter upholds the need to preserving and promoting the lofty Islamic values worldwide.
- Israeli occupation of Palestinian and Arab territories is a core issue for the OIC. Ending this occupation and securing a comprehensive settle meant of the question of Palestine in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions and other international and regional instruments and initiatives, therefore, remains high on the OIC agenda.
- The OIC resolutions and decisions on all efforts aimed at ending the conflicts in Syria, Iraq, and Libya as well as its active involvement in the reconstruction of Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen, Mali and Cote D’Ivoire, manifest the relevance of OIC in addressing the challenges faced by the Ummah, including the situation of Muslim communities and minorities in non-Member States.
- The Programme accords priority attention to science, technology and innovation, promotion of the rights of women and the creation of conducive conditions for sound upbringing of children and the youth in an environment free from all forms of intimidation, religious or cultural discrimination.
- Development cannot take place without peace, hence the need to assure peace, safety and innovation in both the member and non-member states.
- The scope of the work done by the OIC has broadened to include socio-economic empowerment, health, good governance, human rights, water and sanitation alongside the political domain
- The OIC Member States share cultural values and beliefs, and are bound together through the values of Islam. Their common creed makes a strong argument for collaboration among themselves. Accordingly, the OIC’s strategic vision recognizes the centrality of cooperation and partnership at regional, sub-regional and international levels.
- The OIC - 2025: Programme of Action manifests a renewed commitment by the OIC Member States, all institutions in the OIC system, international partners and other stakeholders to working together for a political and economic development. In order to keep the development continues, programmes are initiated to form the agenda for 2030.
- The Programme of Action has been accepted at the Council of Foreign Ministers on 18-19 June 2014. The Programme is formed through the acquired information from the various institutions connected to OIC. The programmes gained its final form in 2015.
- The OIC 2025 Programme of Action is divided into an introduction and two other sections: Section 1 discusses the rationale for the selection of 18 domains as priority areas. Section 2 outlines the principles that guided the development and defines the strategic goals under each priority area.