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First Islamic Ministerial Conference on the Child

Ministers convene to consider urgent action on behalf of the 600 million children in the Islamic World

Who:  Dr. Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, Director-General,
Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO);

Rima Salah, Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF; 

Dr. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Secretary-General,
Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC);
Government delegations representing more than 50 OIC member countries;

What:   First Islamic Ministerial Conference on the Child

The conference will focus on issues specific to OIC member countries in  four major areas: health and HIV/AIDS; quality education and culture;  protection against abuse, exploitation and violence; and leveraging  resources.

Participants will reflect on how Islamic countries have been delivering on  the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and in making their countries  "fit for children", as well as on areas of challenge, best practices and   mobilizing increased cooperation  among  OIC  member  states to   accelerate progress for children.
When:  7 - 9 November 2005

Where:  Rabat, Morocco
  La Tour Hassan, 26, Rue Chellah

Why: The Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) Summit held in Malaysia in September 2003 resulted in a renewed commitment by the OIC to children's rights and well-being. The Summit Declaration, through a  resolution on “Child Care and Protection in the Islamic World”, called upon the OIC and ISESCO, in conjunction with UNICEF, to convene the First Islamic Ministerial Meeting on Children.

 OIC member countries represent a unique group of states from across the Africa, Arab   and Asia / Pacific sub-regions, each with varying economic, development and     socio-political environments. 

For more information, please contact:

Liza Barrie, UNICEF New York, (+1) 646.207.5178

Najwa Mekki, UNICEF New York, (+212) 067 207 258

Anis Salem, UNICEF Middle East & North Africa, (+962)79.557.9991,

El Kebir Mdarhri Alaoui, UNICEF Rabat, (+212)

Najib Rhiati, ISESCO, culture@isesco.org.ma





3 November 2005:
UNICEF correspondent Karen Cirillo reports on the First Islamic Ministerial Conference on the Child.

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