No peace sans conflicts resolution: SGOIC
Istanbul—The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (SGOIC) stressed at the general plenary session of the first World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul that preparedness and conflict prevention should play a vital role in any humanitarian strategy and program in order for it to be successful, inclusive and sustainable. “The global humanitarian system has been stretched beyond its limits,” said OIC Secretary General Iyad Ameen Madani. “Financial resources are becoming scarcer as a result of the global economic situation and humanitarian demand is skyrocketing.
The humanitarian community is finding it difficult to keep pace with the everincreasing humanitarian demands due to prolonged conflicts with far reaching implications on the social fabric of societies, the environment, and hard-earned development gains,” he added. That is why the OIC welcomed the invitation of the United Nations Secretary General to hold this Summit to collectively deal with the challenges and shape a new road map and agenda for humanitarian action on the global, regional and local levels.
The OIC played an active role in the preparations for the Summit and it wel- comes the report of the UN Secretary General presented to the Summit “One humanity: Shared responsibility”. The OIC Secretary General emphasized that the fundamental humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality, independence and neutrality constitute the cornerstone of humanitarian action. “We should not be satisfied by reconfirming these principles but go further by ensuring that they are honored and respected,” he said. —Email