Jeddah (UNA-OIC) – The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) participated in the international conference hosted via video conference by Bandung, Indonesia, on February 23-25, to address COVID-19 under the title “Health, Economy, Diplomacy and Social Prospects”.
Director of the Cultural Affairs Department Dr. Al-Hussein Ghazwi represented the OIC General Secretariat in the third session of the conference, entitled: “New Cultural Adaptations”.
In the General Secretariat’s paper, Ghazawi reviewed the efforts made by the OIC and its subsidiary, affiliated and specialized agencies to minimize the COVID-19 repercussions and impact on the peoples of the Islamic world. He drew attention to the virtual Extraordinary Conference of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM), the meeting of the OIC Steering Committee on Health, held respectively on April 22 and April 9, 2020.
The OIC official also recalled other meetings and efforts such as the awareness campaign, the efforts of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), the Islamic Solidarity Fund (ISF), and the International Islamic Fiqh Academy (IIFA) as well as other OIC initiatives and steps to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
Moreover, the paper reviewed in detail the threats posed by the epidemiological situation, and the means and methods of containment adopted by member states, which had a major impact on limiting the spread of the virus among human gatherings.