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Organisation of Islamic Cooperation


Organisation of Islamic Cooperation

Organisation of Islamic Cooperation
  • منظمة التعاون الإسلامي (Arabic)
  • Organisation de la coopération islamique  (French)
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  Member states
  Observer states
  Blocked states
  Suspended states
Administrative centre Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Official languages
Type Religious
Membership 57 member states
 -  Secretary-General Iyad bin Amin Madani
 -  Charter signed 25 September 1969 
 -  2011 estimate 1.6 billion
Islamic Summit Minar in Lahore, Pakistan.

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC; Muslim world" and works to "safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony".[1]

The OIC has permanent delegations to the United Nations and the European Union. The official languages of the OIC are Arabic, English and French.


  • History and goals 1
    • New name and emblem 1.1
  • Member states 2
    • Refugees 2.1
  • Positions 3
    • Jerusalem 3.1
    • Stance on cartoons of Muhammad 3.2
    • Human rights 3.3
      • LGBT rights 3.3.1
    • Terrorism 3.4
    • Dispute with Thailand 3.5
    • Dispute with India 3.6
  • Notable meetings 4
    • Ninth meeting of PUOICM 4.1
    • IPHRC Trip to Washington DC 4.2
    • Observer Status dispute 4.3
  • Structure and organisation 5
    • Islamic summit 5.1
    • Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers 5.2
    • Secretary General 5.3
    • Permanent Secretariat 5.4
    • Subsidiary organisations 5.5
    • Specialised institutions 5.6
    • Affiliated institutions 5.7
  • Secretaries-General 6
  • Islamic Summit Conferences 7
  • See also 8
  • Notes 9
  • References 10
  • Further reading 11
  • External links 12

History and goals

Since the 19th century, some Muslims had aspired to ummah to serve their common political, economic, and social interests. The collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the Caliphate after World War I left a vacuum for a pan-Islamic institution. Losing the Six-Day War in 1967 provided the incentive needed. Leaders of Muslim nations met in Rabat to establish the OIC on 25 September 1969.[1]

According to its charter, the OIC aims to preserve Islamic social and economic values; promote solidarity amongst member states; increase cooperation in social, economic, cultural, scientific, and political areas; uphold international peace and security; and advance education, particularly in the fields of science and technology.[1]

The emblem of the OIC (shown above) contains three main elements that reflect its vision and mission as incorporated in its new Charter. These elements are: the Ka’bah, the Globe, and the Crescent.

On 5 August 1990, 45 foreign ministers of the OIC adopted the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam to serve as a guidance for the member states in the matters of human rights in as much as they are compatible with the Sharia, or Quranic Law.[2]

In June 2008, the OIC conducted a formal revision of its charter. The revised charter set out to promote human rights, fundamental freedoms, and good governance in all member states. The revisions also removed any mention of the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam. Within the revised charter, the OIC has chosen to support the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and international law.[3]

New name and emblem

On 28 June 2011 during the 38th Council of Foreign Ministers meeting (CFM) in Astana, Kazakhstan the organisation changed its name from Organisation of the Islamic Conference (

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External links

  • Ankerl, Guy Coexisting Contemporary Civilisations: Arabo-Muslim, Bharati, Chinese, and Western. Geneva, INUPress, 2000, ISBN 2-88155-004-5.
  • Al-Huda, Qamar. "Organisation of the Islamic Conference." Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World. Edited by Martin, Richard C. Macmillan Reference, 2004. vol. 1 p. 394, 20 April 2008.

Further reading

  1. ^ a b c About OIC. Retrieved on 2014-11-07.
  2. ^ a b "Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam, 5 August 1990, U.N. GAOR, World Conf. on Hum. Rts., 4th Sess., Agenda Item 5, U.N. Doc. A/CONF.157/PC/62/Add.18 (1993) [English translation]". University of Minnesota. 5 August 1990. Retrieved 25 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Resolution No. Retrieved on 2013-09-27.
  4. ^ OIC changes name, emblem Pakistan Observer
  5. ^ "OIC to hold conference on refugees in Muslim world in Turkmenistan".  
  6. ^ "وب سایتهای ایرنا - Irna". Retrieved 23 March 2011. 
  7. ^ Feller, Ben (2 June 2007). "Bush to Name Envoy to Islamic Conference". The Guardian (London). Archived from the original on 2 December 2007. 
  8. ^ "Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC)". US Department of State. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "United Condemnations". Snopes. 3 December 2007. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Muslims condemn Dutch lawmaker's film". CNN. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  11. ^ OIC proposes severing ties with countries that recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital
  12. ^ Howden, Daniel; Hardaker, David; Castle, Stephen (10 February 2006). "How a meeting of leaders in Mecca set off the cartoon wars around the world". The Independent (London). Retrieved 14 July 2012. 
  13. ^ ’’Human Rights Brief’’ United Nations Update Accessed 10 March 2009.
  14. ^ Fatema Mernissi: Islam and Democracy, Cambridge 2002, Perseus Books, p. 67.
  15. ^ Ann Mayer, “An Assessment of Human Rights Schemes,” in Islam and Human Rights, p. 175. Westview 1999, Westview Press.
  16. ^ Robert Carle: "Revealing and Concealing: Islamist Discourse on Human Rights,” Human rights review, vol:6, No 3 April–June 2005.
  17. ^ How to Put U.N. Rights Council Back on Track Human Rights Watch, 2 November 2006.
  18. ^ The UN Human Rights Council Human Rights Watch Testimony Delivered to the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, 25 July 2007.
  19. ^ Kymlicka, Will (2007). Multicultural Odysseys: Navigating the New International Politics of Diversity. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 308.  
  20. ^ CISMAS, I. (2011). Statute of the OIC independent permanent human rights commission, introductory note. International Legal Materials, 50(6), pp. 1148-1160. Retrieved from
  21. ^ List of Panel Discussions to take place during 19th session
  22. ^ Evans, Robert (8 March 2012). "Islamic states, Africans walk out on UN gay panel". Reuters. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  23. ^ Solash, Richard (7 March 2012). "Historic UN Session On Gay Rights Marked By Arab Walkout".  
  24. ^ South Africa leads United Nations on gay rights | News | National | Mail & Guardian. (2012-03-09). Retrieved on 2013-09-27.
  25. ^
  26. ^ Over 80 Nations Support Statement at Human Rights Council on LGBT Rights » US Mission Geneva. Retrieved on 2013-09-27.
  27. ^ "OIC Convention on Combating International Terrorism". OICUN. Retrieved 25 March 2011. 
  28. ^ a b Organisation of the Islamic Conference: Improve and Strengthen the 1999 OIC Convention on Combating International Terrorism Human Rights Watch 11 March 2008.
  29. ^ Ben Saul: Branding Enemies: Regional Legal Responses to Terrorism in Asia ‘’Asia-Pacific Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law, 2008’’ Sydney Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08/127, October 2008.
  30. ^ Patrick Goodenough: UN Anti-Terror Effort Bogged Down Over Terrorism Definition CNSNew, 2 September 2008.
  31. ^ The OIC's blind eye to terror The Japan Times 9 April 2002.
  32. ^ ‘Islamophobia Worst Form of Terrorism’ Arab News 17 May 2007.
  33. ^ a b "Ihsanoglu urges OIC Member States to accord greater attention to Muslim minority issues". Retrieved 25 March 2011. 
  34. ^ a b "Welcome to Patani Post! PULO President invited to speak at OIC meeting 18–19 April 2009". Patani Post. Retrieved 25 March 2011. 
  35. ^ a b "Thailand". Amnesty International. Retrieved 25 March 2011. 
  36. ^ [1]
  37. ^ "OIC Resolution". Patani Post. Retrieved 25 March 2011. 
  38. ^ "Thailand". Human Rights Watch. Retrieved 25 March 2011. 
  39. ^ a b Wahab, Siraj (30 June 2011). "OIC urged to press India on Kashmir issue".  
  40. ^ Chickrie, Raymond (23 January 2011). "Eight Countries Seek OIC Membership". Caribbean Muslims. Retrieved 29 November 2011. 
  41. ^ "'Pak will match India weapons'".  
  42. ^ [2]
  43. ^ a b "Malaysian National News Agency". Bernama. Retrieved 25 March 2011. 
  44. ^ [3]
  45. ^ [4]
  46. ^ "Upcoming Event: Roundtable Discussion with the OIC's Human Rights Commission". Freedom House. 13 December 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  47. ^ [5]The World Bulletin news: Egypt's Sisi demands Turkish Cypriots removed from OIC
  48. ^ [6]Egypt's Sisi tells Turks to get out of Cyprus
  49. ^ [7]OIC says «NO» to «Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus»
  50. ^ Welcome to Organisation of Islamic Cooperation official website. Retrieved on 2013-09-27.
  51. ^ Welcome to Organisation of Islamic Cooperation official website. Retrieved on 2013-09-27.
  52. ^ "About SMIIC". Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries. Retrieved 12 September 2012.
  53. ^ Former Secretaries-General–OIC.
  54. ^ "Second Islamic summit conference". Formun. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  55. ^ "Mecca Declaration". JANG. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  56. ^ "Resolution of the Fifth Islamic Summit Conference". IRCICA. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  57. ^ "Dakar Declaration". IFRC. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 
  58. ^ Darwish, Adel (1 April 2003). "OIC meet in Doha: mudslinging dominated the OIC conference in Qatar". Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  59. ^ Shah, S. Mudassir Ali (12 March 2008). "Karzai flies to Senegal for 11th OIC summit". Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul). Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  60. ^ Knipp, Kersten (15 August 2012). "Islamic group hopes to limit Syrian conflict". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  61. ^ Arrott, Elizabeth (6 February 2013). "Islamic Summit Leaders Urge Action on Mali, Syria". Voice of America. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 


  1. ^ Upon the groups's renaming, some sources provided the English-language translation "Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation", but the OIC's official website and the website of the OIC Mission to the UN have since indicated the preferred English translation omits the "the".


See also

Number Date Country Place
1st 22–25 September 1969  Morocco Rabat
2nd[54] 22–24 February 1974  Pakistan Lahore
3rd[55] 25–29 January 1981  Saudi Arabia Mecca and Ta’if
4th 16–19 January 1984  Morocco Casablanca
5th[56] 26–29 January 1987  Kuwait Kuwait City
6th[57] 9–11 December 1991  Senegal Dakar
7th 13–15 December 1994  Morocco Casablanca
1st Extraordinary 23–24 March 1997  Pakistan Islamabad
8th 9–11 December 1997  Iran Tehran
9th 12–13 November 2000  Qatar Doha
2nd Extraordinary[58] 4–5 March 2003  Qatar Doha
10th 16–17 October 2003  Malaysia Putrajaya
3rd Extraordinary 7–8 December 2005  Saudi Arabia Mecca
11th[59] 13–14 March 2008  Senegal Dakar
4th Extraordinary[60] 14–15 August 2012  Saudi Arabia Mecca
12th[61] 6–7 February 2013  Egypt Cairo

Islamic Summit Conferences

Secretaries-General of the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation[53]
No. Name Country of origin Took office Left office
1 Ahmed Sekou Touré  Guinea 1969 1971
2 Tunku Abdul Rahman  Malaysia 1971 1974
3 Hassan Al-Touhami  Egypt 1974 1975
4 Amadou Karim Gaye  Senegal 1975 1979
5 Habib Chatty  Tunisia 1979 1984
6 Syed Sharifuddin Pirzada  Pakistan 1984 1988
7 Hamid Algabid  Niger 1988 1996
8 Azeddine Laraki  Morocco 1996 2000
9 Abdelouahed Belkeziz  Morocco 2000 2004
10 Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu  Turkey 2004 2014
11 Iyad bin Amin Madani  Saudi Arabia 2014 Incumbent


Affiliated institutions

  • The Rabat, Morocco.
  • The International Islamic News Agency (IINA), located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Specialised institutions

The Islamic University of Technology was set up by the OIC in Bangladesh

Subsidiary organisations

It is the executive organ of the Organisation, entrusted with the implementation of the decisions of the two preceding bodies, and is located in Iyad Bin Amin Madani from Mecca, Saudi Arabia, since 31 January 2014.

Permanent Secretariat

The Secretary General is elected by the Council of Foreign Ministers for a period of five years, renewable once. The Secretary-General is elected from among nationals of the Member States in accordance with the principles of equitable geographical distribution, rotation and equal opportunity for all Member States with due consideration to competence, integrity and experience.[51]

Secretary General

It meets once a year to examine a progress report on the implementation of its decisions taken within the framework of the policy defined by the Islamic Summit.

Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers

The largest meeting, attended by the kings and the heads of state and government of the member states, convenes every three years.The Islamic Summit takes policy decisions and provide guidance on all issues pertaining to the realisation of the objectives as provided for in the Charter and consider other issues of concern to the Member States and the Ummah.[50]

Islamic summit

The OIC system consists of:

Structure and organisation

[49][48][47] The September 2014's high-level Summit of the OIC, in New York, ended without adopting any resolutions or conclusions, for the first time in several years in the modern history of the organization, due to a dispute regarding the status of one of its Observer states.

Observer Status dispute

In December 2012, the IPHRC met in Washington, DC for the first time. The IPHRC held meetings at the National Press Club, Capitol Hill and Freedom House discussing the issues of human rights defense in the OIC member states. During their roundtable discussion with Freedom House the IPHRC emphasised the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the rejection of the Cairo Declaration by the OIC.[46]

IPHRC Trip to Washington DC

Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri told reporters on 14 February 2007 that the secretary general of OIC and foreign ministers of seven "like-minded Muslim countries" would meet in Islamabad on 25 February 2007 following meetings of President Musharraf with heads of key Muslim countries to discuss "a new initiative" for the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Kasuri said this would be a meeting of foreign ministers of key Muslim countries to discuss and prepare for a summit in Makkah Al Mukarramah to seek the resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict.[45]

The ninth meeting of Parliamentary Union of the OIC member states (PUOICM) was held on 15 and 16 February 2007 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[42] The speaker of Malaysia's House of Representatives, Ramli bin Ngah Talib, delivered a speech at the beginning of the inaugural ceremony. OIC secretary-general Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said prior to the meeting that one main agenda item was stopping Israel from continuing its excavation at the Western Wall near the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam's third holiest site.[43] The OIC also discussed how it might send peacekeeping troops to Muslim states, as well as the possibility of a change in the name of the body and its charter.[43] Additionally, return of the sovereignty right to the Iraqi people along with withdrawal of foreign troops from Iraq was another one of the main issues on the agenda.[44]

Ninth meeting of PUOICM

A number of OIC meetings have attracted global attention.

Notable meetings

India has also criticised the OIC for referring to parts of Kashmir as "occupied by India".[39] Although India has about 12% (roughly 183 million) of the world's Muslim population, it has been blocked by Pakistan from joining the OIC.[39][40][41]

Dispute with India

Thailand responded to this criticism over its policies. The [35] have echoed the same concerns as OIC, rebuffing Thailand's attempts to dismiss the issue.

On 18–19 April 2009, the exiled Patani leader [35]

Thailand has responded to OIC criticism of human rights abuses in the Muslim majority provinces of Pattani, Yala, and Narathiwat in the south of the country. In a statement issued on 18 October 2005, secretary-general Ihsanoglu vocalised concern over the continuing conflict in the south that "claimed the lives of innocent people and forced the migration of local people out of their places".[33] He also stressed that the Thai government's security approach to the crisis would aggravate the situation and lead to continued violence.

Dispute with Thailand

At the 34th Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers (ICFM), an OIC section, in May 2007, the foreign ministers termed Islamophobia the worst form of terrorism.[32]

During a meeting in Malaysia in April 2002, delegates discussed terrorism but failed to reach a definition of it. They rejected, however, any description of the Palestinian fight with Israel as terrorism. Their declaration was explicit: "We reject any attempt to link terrorism to the struggle of the Palestinian people in the exercise of their inalienable right to establish their independent state with Al-Quds Al-Shrif (Jerusalem) as its capital." In fact, at the outset of the meeting, the OIC countries signed a statement praising the Palestinians and their "blessed intifada." The word terrorism was restricted to describe Israel, whom they condemned for "state terrorism" in their war with the Palestinian people.[31]

Contradictions between OIC's and other UN members' understanding of terrorism has stymied efforts at the UN to produce a comprehensive convention on international terrorism.[30]

Furthermore, HRW is concerned by OIC’s apparent unwillingness to recognise as terrorism acts that serve causes endorsed by their member states. Article 2 reads: “Peoples’ struggle including armed struggle against foreign occupation, aggression, colonialism, and hegemony, aimed at liberation and self-determination.” HRW has suggested to OIC that they embrace “longstanding and universally recognised international human rights standards”,[28] a request that has as yet not led to any results.

Legal scholar Ben Saul of University of Sydney argues that the definition is subjective and ambiguous and concludes that there is “serious danger of the abusive use of terrorist prosecutions against political opponents” and others.[29]

In 1999, OIC adopted the OIC Convention on Combatting International Terrorism.[27] Human Rights Watch has noted that the definition of terrorism in article 1 describes “any act or threat of violence carried out with the aim of, among other things, imperiling people’s honour, occupying or seizing public or private property, or threatening the stability, territorial integrity, political unity or sovereignty of a state.” HRW views this as vague, ill-defined and including much that is outside the generally accepted understandings of the concept of terrorism. In HRW's view, it labels, or could easily be used to label, as terrorist actions, acts of peaceful expression, association, and assembly.[28]


Nonetheless, OIC members Albania, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, and Sierra Leone have signed a UN Declaration supporting LGBT rights in the General Assembly.[25][26]

In March 2012, the United Nations Human Rights Council held its first discussion of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, following the 2011 passage of a resolution supporting LGBT rights proposed by the Republic of South Africa.[21] Pakistan's representative addressed the session on behalf of the OIC, denouncing the discussion and questioning the concept of sexual orientation, which he said was being used to promote "licentious behaviour ... against the fundamental teachings of various religions, including Islam". He stated that the council should not discuss the topic again. Most Arab countries and some African ones later walked out of the session.[22][23][24]

LGBT rights

Along with the revisions of the OIC’s charter in 2008, the member states created the Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC). The IPHRC is an advisory body, independent from the OIC, composed of eighteen individuals from a variety of educational and professional backgrounds. The IPHRC has the power to monitor human rights within the member states and facilitates the integration of human rights into all OIC mandates. The IPHRC also aids in the promotion of political, civil, and economic rights in all member states.[20]

The OIC has been criticised for failing to discuss the treatment of ethnic minorities within member countries, such as the oppression of the Kurds in Syria, the Ahwaz in Iran, the Hazars in Afghanistan, the 'Al-Akhdam' in Yemen, or the Berbers in Algeria.[19]

Human Rights Watch says that OIC has “fought doggedly” and successfully within the United Nations Human Rights Council to shield states from criticism, except when it comes to criticism of Israel. For example, when independent experts reported violations of human rights in the 2006 Lebanon War, “state after state from the OIC took the floor to denounce the experts for daring to look beyond Israeli violations to discuss Hezbollah’s as well.” OIC demands that the council “should work cooperatively with abusive governments rather than condemn them.” HRW responds that this works with those who are willing to cooperate; others exploit the passivity.[17][18]

OIC created the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam.[2] While proponents claim it is not an alternative to the UDHR, but rather complementary to it, Article 24 states that "[a]ll the rights and freedoms stipulated in this Declaration are subject to the Islamic Shari'ah" and Article 25 follows with "[t]he Islamic Shari'ah is the only source of reference for the explanation or clarification of any of the articles of this Declaration." Attempts to have it adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council have met increasing criticism, because of its contradiction of the UDHR, including from liberal Muslim groups.[13] Critics of the CDHR state bluntly that it is “manipulation and hypocrisy,” “designed to dilute, if not altogether eliminate, civil and political rights protected by international law” and attempts to “circumvent these principles [of freedom and equality].”[14][15][16]

Human rights

Cartoons of Muhammad, published in a Danish newspaper in September 2005, were found offensive to a number of Muslims. Third Extraordinary Session of the Islamic Summit Conference in December 2005 condemned publication of the cartoons, resulting in broader coverage of the issue by news media in Muslim countries. Subsequently, violent demonstrations throughout the Islamic world resulted in several deaths.[12]

Stance on cartoons of Muhammad

There was a meeting in Conakry in 2013. Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said that foreign ministers would discuss the possibility of cutting ties with any state that recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel or that moves its embassy to its environs.[11]


The OIC, on 28 March 2008, joined the criticism of the film Fitna by Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders, which features disturbing images of violent acts juxtaposed with verses from the Quran.[10]

On 27 June 2007, then-United States President [7] The current special envoy is Rashad Hussain, who was appointed on 13 February 2010.[8] In an investigation of the accuracy of a series of chain emails, reported that during the October 2003 – April 2004 session of the General Assembly, 17 individual members of the OIC voted against the United States 88 % of the time.[9]

The Parliamentary Union of the OIC Member States (PUOICM) was established in Iran in 1999, and its head office is situated in Tehran. Only OIC members are entitled to membership in the union.[6]


According to the UNHCR, OIC countries hosted 18 million refugees by the end of 2010. Since then OIC members have absorbed refugees from other conflicts, including the uprising in Syria. In May 2012, the OIC is expected to address these concerns at the "Refugees in the Muslim World" conference in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.[5]


The collective population of OIC member states is over 1.4 billion as of 2008.

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation has 57 members, 56 of which are also member states of the United Nations. Some, especially in West Africa, are – though with large Muslim populations – not necessarily Muslim majority countries. A few countries with significant Muslim populations, such as Russia and Thailand, sit as Observer States, while others, such as India and Ethiopia, are not members.

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Member states

The Ka’bah is situated slightly above the globe's meridian line, which emphasises its supreme significance.

The Crescent being positioned on the side with its centre aligned with the inclined axis of the Globe evokes the Globe revolving around its axis and therefrom it implies the dynamism of the universe, of Islam, and the OIC.

Putting the three elements together, the Crescent engulfing the Globe with the Ka’bah at its centre represents the universal outlook of Islam. This evokes • the OIC’s taking guidance from Islam, belonging to and serving the Islamic world, and at the same time, • its global outlook, keeping attune to and addressing international issues.

And The Crescent, symbolising Islam, embrases the Muslim world, indicating that Islam is the guiding motive, protective, and unifying force of the Muslim world, and therefrom, that Islam is the guiding motive, protective, and unifying force of the OIC.

Surrounding the Ka’bah is The Globe with the meridian lines drawn to represent the diversity of humanity in its many nations and tribes within the universal context represented by the emblem.

At the centre of the design is The Ka’bah, the focal point of the Islamic world. Placed at the centre of the design it symbolises the Islamic world and its unity, and therefrom, it symbolises the Member States and the OIC as their union.

The new emblem of the OIC contains three main elements that reflect its vision and mission as incorporated in its new Charter. These elements are: the Ka’bah, the Globe, and the Crescent.

After intense deliberations, the name chosen by consensus that would maintain the same acronym OIC is: Organisation of Islamic Cooperation

In 2005, at the Extraordinary Makkah Summit, the leaders adopted the Ten Year Programme of Action, which among other things, approved changing the name of the Organisation and revising its Charter as part of reforming it. In 2008, at the Dakar Summit, the new Charter was adopted and a decision was made to initiate the process of changing the name in consultation with the Member States.

While the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Palestine remain the central issues for the Organisation, its activities and role have expanded in the past 40 years to meet the demands and expectations of the Muslim world. Since 1969 the number of Member States has increased, Observer states have been accepted, and various Subsidiary, Specialised, and Affiliated institutions have been created to serve the Muslim world. Furthermore, the role of the Organisation itself in the international arena has become more prominent and active.

In 1969, Muslim leaders met in a historic Islamic Summit Conference and decided to establish an organisation that unified their efforts towards common objectives. Consequently, in 1970 the foreign ministers met and established a General Secretariat for the Organisation of the Islamic Conference as the collective voice of the Muslim world that represents its interests and defends its causes. The name chosen for the Organisation reflected the occasion for its establishment.

The OIC also changed its logo at this time. [4]

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