Jeddah (UNA-OIC) – The Fourth OIC Conference on Mediation “Experiences and Prospects”, organized by the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), starts tomorrow, Sunday, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, with a wide international participation.
The conference comes at a time when the Islamic world is facing unprecedented challenges to peace and security with the escalation of conflicts and tensions within the geography of the OIC, which increases tragedies and the misery of millions of people who have been internally and externally displaced or forced to migrate as refugees.
The conference seeks to enhance OIC’s role in the field of maintaining regional and global peace and security, as well as creating a new mechanism for mediation using OIC’s capacities and capabilities to resolve conflicts, especially in light of the recent statistics indicating that more than 60% of conflicts occur in the Islamic countries.
It also aims to exchange regional and global experiences in the field of mediation and the prevention and settlement of conflicts and activate the role of preventive diplomacy in this regard, in addition to discussing the challenges and difficulties facing mediation efforts.
The conference includes five sessions dealing, among other things, with the role of OIC in the field of mediation, the humanitarian perspective on mediation, and partnerships with international and regional organizations.
More than 200 experts will participate in the Conference representing the Member States, OIC institutions, the United Nations, the International Committee of Red Cross, the European Union, The Arab League, the Gulf Cooperation Council, special research centers, and regional and international figures in the field of mediation.
the Conference is expected to discuss innovative ways and new roles for the OIC to participate in mediation efforts aimed at preventing and resolving conflicts.
It is worth noting that the Council of OIC Foreign Ministers issued in its last session in Islamabad a resolution on “strengthening the mediation capacity of the OIC” in which it emphasized the need to mainstream mediation in OIC’s scope of work and activities and build further capacity for mediation support activities.