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196. The Conference welcomed the convening of the 6thIslamic Ministerial Conference on Women’s Role in the Development of OIC Member States, in Turkey in 2016 and called upon the General Secretariat and the host country to hold at the Conference a special session of Women’s Forum to address the contemporary challenges facing Muslim women and make recommendations for their solution.

197. The Conference entrusted the General Secretariat with the task of developing a strategy for the OIC in the field of childcare and well-being in the Muslim world, which takes into account, inter-alia, the health, psychological and educational conditions of children and mothers in areas of conflict, and the issue of child marriage and violence against children. It also called on the relevant organs of the Organization (ISESCO), the International Islamic Fiqh Academy, SESCRIC and the Islamic Development Bank), in coordination with the General Secretariat to take the necessary measures in this regard.

198. The Conference called on all Member States to expedite the signature/ratification of the Charter and the different agreements and urged again the Member States which have not ratified the Statutes of the International Islamic Court of Justice to finalize the ratification procedures to enable the Court to discharge its missions.

199. The Conference called on all OIC Member States to abide by the resolutions adopted by the OIC previously, which called on them to vote for resolution presented in the name of the OIC in international fora, especially the UN. The Conferenceinsisted that failure to vote for those resolutions and announcement of positions different from those agreed on is contrary to the unanimity imposed by the duty of Islamic solidarity among Member States. The Conference also entrusted the General Secretariat with the follow-up of the pattern of OIC Member States’ voting on resolutions concerning issues of importance to the OIC in international Fora. The Conference, taking into account the principles of fair and equitable geographic representation in the selection process of new members of the UN Security Council, calledupon all OIC Members to support the first-time candidacy of the Republic of Kazakhstan for a non-permanent seat in the UNSC for 2017-2018, and the candidacy of Kuwait to non-permanent membership of the UNSC for the period 2018-2019.

200. The Conference called on the Secretary General to study the rules and mechanisms regulating the work of the various sectoral Ministerial Conferences in order to enhance the effectiveness of their work and the appropriate criteria to regulate the relations of the affiliated organs with the OIC in order to enhance coordination and harmony.

201. The Conference welcomed the establishment of cooperation between OIC and the Council of Turkic Speaking States with a view to creating a legal relation in the future.

202. The Conference took note of resolution No: 8/40 adopted at the 40th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers which appreciated Turkey’s offer to host an OIC Center for Police Cooperation and Coordination, and decided to operationalize the OIC Center for Police Cooperation and Coordination as an OIC specialized institution based in Istanbul, Turkey. It also requested the Secretary General to follow up on the implementation of this decision in cooperation with the Republic of Turkey and the other OIC members and submit a report thereon to the 43rd Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers.

203. The Conference commended the initiative of Algeria which led to the establishment of a unit at the level of the General Secretariat for election observation, and calls on Member States to contribute to the fund for the financing of the activities of the OIC in the field of election observation".

204. The Conference requested the OIC General Secretariat to intensify its humanitarian activities and to pay particular attention to the protection and support of the most vulnerable people. It welcomedthe active humanitarian efforts undertaken by the OIC despite its very limited financial resources and calls upon Member States to channel a portion of their generous humanitarian assistance through the OIC in order to demonstrate the spirit of solidarity and enhance joint Islamic action.

205. The Conference welcomed the convening of the forthcoming World Humanitarian Summit which will be hosted by Turkey on 23-24 May 2016 in ?stanbul and called upon all Member States to participate actively and at the highest level possible in this important Summit to the Islamic world. It expressed its appreciation for the proactive role played by the OIC in the process of preparations of this Summit that should contribute in formulating a vision for humanitarian action for the years to come, ensure the protection and access to the most vulnerable in accordance to International Humanitarian Law, develop resilience and local capacities to tackle national and regional humanitarian needs, and reform the global humanitarian system to enable it to cope with the exponential increase in humanitarian needs.

206. The Conference decided to grant OIC Consultative Status to the following humanitarian non-governmental organizations: (Takaful for Child Welfare and the Islamic Medical Association (Lebanon), Charitable Society for Social Welfare (Yemen), Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society (Azerbaijan), the Turkish Religious Foundation (Turkey) and the Global Health Foundation (Sudan)),which have met the requirements for obtaining the consultative status, as long as they are not included in the lists of terrorist organizations in any of the Member States.

207. The Conference expressed deep concern over the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Syria and the increasing number of refugees and internally displaced persons. It reiterated its appreciation to the countries hosting significant numbers of Syrian refugees and in particular Member States which have hosted refugees and those that have generously contributed to alleviating their plight.

208. The Conference expressed deep interest in addressing the humanitarian situation in Yemen and commended, in this regard, the major humanitarian role of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other Member States through their humanitarian efforts and programmes to address the humanitarian situation in Yemen. It called on UN agencies and organs working in the humanitarian field to exert more serious efforts to secure humanitarian needs to the Yemeni people. The Conference requested the Secretary General to hold an international conference to mobilize the needed resources in order to provide humanitarian and development aids to Yemen and provide the resources required for reconstruction; and called on Member States to contribute generously to the alleviation of the plight of the Yemeni people.

209. The Conference further expressed deep concern over the serious humanitarian situation prevailing in Palestine, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, West and Central Africa, Myanmar and in other countries in the Islamic world due to various complex humanitarian situations that undermine decades of socioeconomic development efforts. It reiterated its call to Member States, donors, international organizations, NGOs and philanthropic organizations to assist in alleviating the suffering of the vulnerable people and those in need.

210. The Conference welcomed the progress achieved in Somalia, Mali, Chad, and in a number of other Member States, and the progress in the fight against Ebola, and recognizes that in moving into a post-conflict phase assistance to reinforce the linkages between relief, rehabilitation and development to strengthen the resilience of these countries will be necessary.

211. The Conference welcomed the results of the OIC Emergency Meeting on Ebola, Chaired by Minister of Health of the Republic of Indonesia in her capacity as Chair of the Islamic Conference on Health Ministers, held in Geneva on 29 September 2014 which took coordinative steps to respond the Ebola outbreak in OIC Member States, in particular those in the Western African region.

212. The Conference welcomed the financial contributions provided to the humanitarian efforts of the organization and in particular the generous contribution of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait,Malaysia, Azerbaijan, Brunei Darussalam, Cameroon, Guyana, Kazakhstan, the Saudi National Campaign, IIRO, WAMY, Islamic Relief, International Crescent, IDB, ISF and Sheikh Saleh Kamel.

213. The Conference urged Member States that have unpaid contributions and arrears to settle the same as soon as possible to overcome the financial difficulties of the organization. It welcomed the proposal of the General Secretariat to reactivate the mechanism of incentive measures to help Member States settle their respective arrears.

214. The Conference expressed appreciation of the commendable progress made by the OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) within a short span of time since its establishment in 2011 in promotion and protection of human rights in accordance with its mandate. It also expressed its thanks and appreciation to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for provision of the building for the IPHRC headquarters and assurances for making available all the necessary support and services for its independent functioning.

215. The Conference further welcomed the approval of the first independent budget of the IPHRC by the 44thPermanent Finance Committee to be paid by the Member States as part of their mandatory contributions and requested IPHRC to continue this practice while observing OIC Financial Regulations for its expenditures. The Conference urged all Member States to continue to extend their full moral and material support to the IPHRC for its effective functioning as an independent institution.

216. The Conference endorsed the outcome of the election of nine members of the Commission (Annex ..) held at the sidelines of this Summit for a period of three years, with effect from August 2016.

217. The Conference called upon all Member States which have not done so to positively consider opening independent permanent missions accredited to the OIC in Jeddah to strengthen cooperation within the Organization with a view to more effectively contribute to and participate in the work of the OIC.

218. The Conference decided to convene the 14th Session of the Islamic Summit Conference in the Islamic Republic of the Gambia at a date to be determined in coordination with the OIC General Secretariat, and called upon OIC Member States and relevant Organs to cooperate with the General Secretariat and the host country to make efforts for the success of the Summit Conference in Banjul.


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