Iyad Ameen Madani, Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), had recently inaugurated the First OIC Humanitarian Organisations Council Meeting at the OIC General Secretariat in Jeddah. The event had in attendance representatives of civil society organizations in OIC Member States and Muslim minorities outside the Muslim world. The meeting was held in implementation of the resolution of the Council of Foreign Ministers held in Conakry, Republic of Guinea from 9 – 11 December 2013 on the accession of nongovernmental humanitarian organizations to OIC consultative status.
Iyad Madani stressed the need to take into consideration how Member States perceive civil society organisation, revealing that during his recent tours he reviewed the issue of openness towards the civil society with leaders of some Member States, since some of them had expressed misgivings that these institutions could be fronts used to realize foreign interests, working within and with political orientations. There were also doubts about the sources of their financing.
In this connection, the Secretary General in his speech stressed the importance of this meeting which would evolve a systematic and institutional framework for collective Islamic humanitarian work in the OIC and under Organisation’s umbrella. This is likely to remove doubts and apprehension about misuse that could impede their work. It would also be a model to be followed in the required effective conduct of humanitarian work in line with global systems and principles of humanitarian work.