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OIC engaged in bringing political stability in the region
2012-05-31

The ongoing political and ensuing economic crisis in the Middle East and North Africa have engaged the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in vigorous efforts to bring about political stability by promoting good governance, democracy, rule of law, human rights and tolerance.

The Secretary General of the OIC, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, stressed this point in his speech at the gala dinner of the US-Islamic World Forum on 29 May 2012 in Doha, Qatar. The annual forum is convened by the Brookings Institute in partnership with the State of Qatar.

The Secretary General said that the OIC is guided by the new Charter and the Ten-Year Programme of Action adopted in 2005, which gives special attention to inclusive dialogue in the context of making peace and political stability in many nations, including Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Syria and Mali in addition to its longstanding engagements in countries such as Afghanistan and Somalia.

Ihsanoglu pointed out that the greatest challenge facing the new governments in the Arab and Muslim world is to bring about political stability and build a civil society based on human rights and social justice while ensuring the right to livelihood and the provision of economic growth and basic sustenance for their citizens. Furthermore, with the current instability in the global economy, a real challenge facing the new leaders will be meeting the unmet needs and expectations of their own citizens.

Another area in which the OIC is putting great effort is humanitarian and human development programs in its Member States through concrete and practical programs, including poverty alleviation, education, science and technology, and empowering women. On many of these issues the OIC have developed strategic partnerships and close cooperation with the United States. Another example of US-OIC cooperation is the joint effort to combat intolerance, discrimination, and incitement to violence, based on religion or belief

Pakistan Observer