In his address at closing session of the Fifth Islamic Conference of Ministers in Charge of Childhood: ISESCO Director General affirms that Conference theme and Declaration complement each other in service of protecting children from violence

Rabat: 22/02/2018

In his address at closing session of the Fifth Islamic Conference of Ministers in Charge of Childhood: ISESCO  Director General affirms that Conference theme and Declaration complement each other in service of protecting children from violence

The Director General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), Dr Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, today morning at ISESCO headquarters in Rabat, gave an address at the closing session of the 5th Islamic Conference of Ministers in Charge of Childhood. At the outset of his Address, Dr Altwaijri announced that the founding documents adopted by this Conference would allow for the materialization of its theme “Towards a Safe Childhood” as it is a roadmap that will give guidance, determine areas of action and pave the way to achieving the ultimate goal all Member States aspire to attain.

In this connection, the Director General underscored  that the documents issued by the Conference, namely  the “Study on Forms of Violence against Children”, the “Study on Child Labor in the Muslim World and Countermeasures”, and the “General Framework for Protecting Muslim World Children from Violence”, are complementary in essence and goal. He added that the general contents of these documents intersect to form the Rabat Declaration, issued by the Conference, which is titled “Towards protecting the Islamic world children from violence”, stating that this Declaration, therefore, perfectly embodies the Conference’s theme. Moreover, Dr Altwaijri maintained that the commitments contained in the Declaration affirm that child rights are inherent, which makes such commitments the highest obligation to be honored by Member States, as part of their adopted national policies, and in conformity with the teachings of Islam, human rights’ principles, and the relevant international covenants, conventions and declarations. In the same vein, Dr Altwaijri pointed out that developing national strategies and action plans is at the forefront of these obligations, as it would allow for countering different forms of violence against children, addressing the underlying causes of this phenomenon, and raising awareness of child rights and non-violence culture, in a way that entrenches these obligations and transforms them into enforceable legal principles.

Moreover, ISESCO Director General stated that this Conference will not end as soon as the closing session is done, but would continue its action at another level. He further explained that the Conference members must submit the Conference’s resolutions and recommendations to their governments in order to take the right decision with regard to the integration of these documents in their national policies for childhood, to serve as a basis for development geared towards promoting children’s care, protection and upbringing. Dr Altwaijri added that this is a shared responsibility that all Member States shoulder to render this Conference a quantum leap in service of childhood and its protection from all types of dangers, maintaining that children are the key to the bright prosperous future Member States aspire to secure for the next generations.

At another level, ISESCO Director General announced that this session is the last session of the Conference in its current form, following the resolution adopted to merge it in an expanded conference for social affairs that would be dedicated to the issues related to childhood, family, welfare, and social security for older persons and people with disabilities whose first session will be held in the Republic of Turkey in 2019, expressing his thanks to all Member States and their representatives in the past five sessions of the Conference for their effective contribution and considerable support to the Conference, and hoped that the new expanded conference will foster ISESCO’s action, to serve Member States and promote joint Islamic action.

Dr Altwaijri concluded his address by reiterating his thanks and appreciation to His Majesty King Mohamed VI of Morocco for his high patronage of the Conference and his message to its members, which the Director General described as a royal gesture that reflects his Majesty’s support for joint Islamic action, within the framework of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and ISESCO, which, he said, is extremely proud of His Majesty’s support and high patronage of its conferences.