13th ISESCO General Conference kicks off in Rabat


13th ISESCO General Conference kicks off in Rabat

The General Conference of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) opened its 13th session today, at ISESCO headquarters in Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco.

Addresses at the opening session of the Conference were delivered by ISESCO Director General, Dr Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri; the President of the 12th General Conference, Minister of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Chairman of the Governmental Agency Responsible for Cooperation with ISESCO, Mr Abulfaz Garayev; and the Advisor to the President of the Republic of Burkina Fasso, Chairman of ISESCO Executive Council, Dr Boubakar Doukouré.

 In addition, the address of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Chairman of the Moroccan National Commission for Education, Science and Culture, was read out on his behalf by the Minister of Culture and Communication of the Kingdom of Morocco, Mr Mohamed Laaraj.

At the close of the opening session, the 2018 ISESCO Prize for Literacy was awarded to the Women Advancement and Child Care Association (Republic of the Gambia).

            Moreover, a memorandum of understanding and several cooperation programmes between ISESCO and the Islamic Committee of the International Crescent (ICIC); King Faisal International Prize; Project of the Glorification of the Sacred City (Al Balad Al Haram); Union of News Agencies of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC-UNA); International Organization of Turkic Culture (TURKSOY); and the International Council of the Arabic Language.

       Afterwards, a documentary on “Israeli violations against Al-Aqsa Mosque and the educational and the cultural institutions in Al-Quds Al-Sharif” was screened.

            The General Conference, through its Programme Committee, will discuss the Report of the Director General on the Evaluation of the Organization’s Action; the Report of the Director General for the Years 2013-2015; the Progress Report of the Director General for the Years 2016-2018; the Draft Medium-Term Strategic Plan for the Years 2019-2027; and the Draft Three-Year Action Plan and Budget for 2019-2021.

In addition, the Conference, through its Administrative, Financial and Legal Affairs Committee, will discuss the Financial Report of the Director General and Closing Accounts, Report of the Audit Company and Report of the Financial Control Committee for the Years 2015-2017; the Report of the Director General on Member States’ Contributions to the Organization’s Budget and on Redressing the Organization’s Financial Situation for the Years 2015-2017; the Project of the Creation of the League of the Institutions of Teaching Arabic to Non-Arabic Speakers under ISESCO; the Draft Amendment to ISESCO Organizational Chart; and  the Draft Amendment to some items of the Charter, the Internal Regulations of the General Conference and the Executive Council, and to the Staff Regulations.

Moreover, the Chairman of ISESCO’s Executive Council will present the Executive Council’s Activity Report for the Period between the 12th and 13th Sessions of the General Conference. Other agenda items include the Accreditation of the Members of the Executive Council; and the Date and Venue for the General Conference’s 14th Session.

ISESCO General Conference is composed of ministers in charge of education, science, culture and communication or their representatives, appointed by their countries. The Conference convenes triennially in an ordinary session and may hold an extraordinary session. It is attended by the representatives of many regional and international organizations.

It is worth noting that the General Conference of ISESCO convened its first session in 1983 in Casablanca, the second in 1985 in Islamabad, the third in 1988 in Amman, the fourth in 1991 in Rabat, the fifth in 1994 in Damascus, the sixth in 1997 in Riyadh, the seventh in 2000 in Rabat, the eighth in 2003 in Teheran, the ninth in 2006 in Rabat, the tenth in 2009 in Tunis, the eleventh in 2012 in Riyadh, and the twelfth in 2015 in Baku.

The number of ISESCO’s Member States has reached 54 countries as well as three Observer States, namely the Russian Federation, Kingdom of Thailand, and Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.