OIC urges economic help to conflicts sufferers

Jeddah—On 20 September 1993, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to observe the International Day of Families on 15th of May of every year. On this occasion, the Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Mr. Iyad Ameen Madani congratulates the international community, particularly member states of the OIC, on their efforts aimed at empowering the family amid the current social, economic and cultural challenges and transformations. He pointed that many OIC Member States are witnessing political changes, conflicts, asylum and dislocation conditions which have serious implications for the family and its components, especially the society’s geographical make up, fertility indicators, age structure of the population, rising rate of abject poverty, unemployment and conflict of values and identity and its effect on family cohesion. Added to these is the danger of arbitrary use of social media and its effect on principles, values and the future of family bonds in Muslim societies.
The OIC is aware of the importance of the family – considering the changes to the definition of “family” in the international community – and stresses that it is the cornerstone of the Muslim society and plays an essential role in the comprehensive development process and advancement of society. Within this context, the 42nd session of the Council of Foreign Ministers held in Kuwait from 27 – 28 May 2015 approved holding a ministerial conference to consider the issue of strengthening marriage and family institution and preserving its values in the Member States.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has expressed its readiness to host the first session of this conference this year. On this occasion, the Secretary General seizes the opportunity to call on the international community, including OIC Member States, to intensify efforts.—Email

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