OIC forum issues guidebook on security risks

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Kuwait—The fourth edition of the International Forum on Humanitarian Action, which concluded its deliberations in Kuwait today 9th May 2016, decided to declare the International Forum for Humanitarian Action as a natural entity with its own principles, fundaments and regulations to which parties seeking membership must commit in accordance with what will be agreed by the Founder Committee by the end of the current year. The fourth edition of the Forum achieved practical results as enshrined in its final communiqué, foremost of which the adoption of the “Humanitarian Organizations’ Guidebook on Security Risk Management, with a call for it to be considered as a model and a reference for humanitarian organizations in risk-management in their operation zones.
The Forum also mandated the “Qatar Charity” to prepare a draft code of conduct for it and to submit it to the Founder-Committee by the year end.
One of the resolutions issued at the end of the meeting, relates to the launch of an Annual Award for Innovation, Achievement and Excellence in the various fields of humanitarian action , and another to elaborating a “Handbook on Partnership in Humanitarian Action” which would cover criteria, procedures and paradigms to stimulate the implementation of the partnership strategy for humanitarian organizations in the Islamic World.
The Forum decided to entrust the International Centre for Research and Studies (MEDAD) with the handbook’s elaboration. In emphasizing the importance of partnership which was the theme of the Forum’s fourth edition, the Final Communiqué laid stress on partnership as a strategic option for the promotion of humanitarian action, through the endeavors of concerned regional and international organizations to facilitate the conclusion of partnership agreements and memoranda of understanding and through according top value to partnership.
The Forum also called, in its final communiqué, for the necessary elaboration of a preliminary project on “Anchoring the principles of humanitarian action in the Islamic Shariaa” based on the Islamic Sharia and its noble and lofty principles, with a comparative look on the rules of international humanitarian law.—Email

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