Host: Organization of Islamic Cooperation
Languages: English, French, Arabic
Where: room 5/6
A large number of the 57 Member States of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) are facing unprecedented levels of humanitarian crises that widely vary in their nature and many are quite complex. The Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies in many OIC Member States are working in numerous conflict and crisis areas and many are dealing with devastating natural disasters. Furthermore, while some suffer from a number of deficiencies, yet they have a wide range of capabilities and a number of them are providing substantial financial and in-kind humanitarian assistance. We believe that coordination and cooperation among these societies can be advanced to a much higher level.
The suggested side event will provide an opportunity for the National Societies to exchange views on two main issues: first, how to advance cooperation and coordination between National Societies in the OIC Member States benefiting from the experience of other regions. Secondly, to discuss the challenges the National Societies are encountering on the ground to uphold fundamental humanitarian principles particularly in conflict situations.