Under high patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI Fifth Islamic Conference of Ministers in Charge of Childhood kicks off at ISESCO headquarters, Rabat

Rabat: 21/02/2018

Under high patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI Fifth Islamic Conference of Ministers in Charge of Childhood kicks off at ISESCO headquarters, Rabat

Today morning at the headquarters of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), the Fifth Islamic Conference of Ministers in Charge of Childhood kicked off under the theme: (Towards a Safe Childhood). The Conference is organized by ISESCO in cooperation with the Ministry of Family, Solidarity, Equality and Social Development in the Kingdom of Morocco, and coordination with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), under the high patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco, on 21-22 February 2018.

At the outset of the opening session, the Minister of State in Charge of Human Rights of the Kingdom of Morocco, Mr Mustapha Ramid, read out the message of His majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco addressed to the Conference. Afterwards, addresses on the occasion were delivered by ISESCO Director General, Dr Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri; the Chairperson of the State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, President of the Fourth Islamic Conference of Ministers in Charge of Childhood, Ms Hijran Huseynova; the Minister of Family, Solidarity, Equality, and Social Development of the Kingdom of Morocco, Ms Bassima Hakkaoui; the Minister of Family and Social Policies of the Republic of Turkey, representative of the presidency of the current Islamic Summit, President of the Sixth Ministerial Conference on the Role of Women in the OIC Member States, Dr Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya; and Ambassador Hesham Youssef, the OIC Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian, Cultural and Social Affairs. At the close of the opening session, an art exhibition was presented under the theme (Children are painting the World).

The opening session was attended by the Chairman of ISESCO Executive Council, Dr Boubakar Doukouré, many ministers in charge of childhood in the OIC Member States or their representatives, representatives of many regional and international governmental and non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations concerned with child issues, various ambassadors of Islamic countries accredited to Rabat, several experts and researchers from Morocco and abroad, as well as representatives of local and international media outlets.

The Conference agenda includes presenting a main document on the Forms of Violence against Children; discussing the Draft Document on Child Labour in the Muslim World and Countermeasures, the Draft Document on Integrated Public Policy for Child Protection in the Kingdom of Morocco (2015-2025), the Draft General Framework for Protecting Muslim World Children from Violence, and the Draft Rules of Procedure of the Islamic Conference of Ministers in Charge of Childhood; and creating the Consultative Council for Childhood Promotion in the Islamic World and Election of its Members.

The agenda also features presenting the Report of the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) on the State of Children in OIC Member States, and Statements and Reports of Heads of Delegation of Participating Member States and Regional and International Organizations. At its close, the Conference will adopt the Draft Rabat Declaration.

It is worth mentioning that the Islamic Conference of Ministers in Charge of Childhood is part of a series of specialized Islamic conferences held by ISESCO in coordination with the OIC and the competent parties in the states hosting these conferences. The first session of the Conference was held in Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco (7-9 November 2005) and issued the “Rabat Declaration on Child’s Issues in the Member States of the Organization of the Islamic Conference”, the second in Khartoum, Republic of the Sudan (2-4 February 2009) and issued the “Khartoum Declaration: Towards a Brighter Future for Our Children”, the third in Tripoli, Libya (10-11 February 2011) and issued the “Tripoli Declaration on Accelerating Early Childhood Development in the Islamic World”, while the fourth in Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan (11-12 November 2013) and issued the “Baku Declaration Toward a Better Future for Children in Urban Settings in the Islamic World”.