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The food security crisis and Islamophobia were the two hot-button items on the agenda of the annual meetings of the 57-member Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), under way on the sidelines of the General Assembly session, the organization’s Secretary-General, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, said this morning at a Headquarters press conference.
He said that reports on how to handle the food crisis and how to deal with the misperception of Islam would be before the organization at its annual coordination meeting on Friday, 26 September. An OIC committee meeting on Palestine was scheduled for Wednesday, 24 September, along with meetings of contact groups on Iraq, Sierra Leone, Jammu and Kashmir, as well as on Somalia.
Cooperation between the United Nations and the OIC had been growing stronger every year, he noted, adding that the OIC had undergone a major transformation over the past three years. A new charter had been approved in March, which reflected the more modernized Muslim world, with an emphasis on human rights and freedoms, improving women’s status and education, and developing the science and technology sectors. (Lets see if they put their words into actions. )The OIC was also becoming proactive in regional mediation efforts. Socioeconomic development was important, as was the transformation of Muslim societies; those were invited to become more moderate and modern. Additionally, new channels of communication were being built at the political level to reinforce relationships with key non-OIC countries, such as the United States, the United Kingdom and France. Humanitarian aid activities had been increased through institutional cooperation and philanthropic activities.