The UN Assistant Secretary General, Head of the Office of United Nations in Geneva, H.E. Mr. Sergei Ordzhonikidze and the OIC Assistant Secretary General for Science and Technology H.E. Mr. Ali Akbar Salehi have officially opened the 2-days biennial UN-OIC General Meeting on Cooperation, on Tuesday, 8 July 2008 in Geneva, Switzerland.
The meeting, which is attended by high level delegations from both General Secretariat and Specialized Agencies of OIC and the UN, is an institutional framework of exchange of views, discussions and coordination between the two major international organizations. The Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) has been represented thereat by Mr. Mehmet Fatih Serenli, Acting Director of Training and Technical Cooperation Department, the OIC focal point for technical cooperation activities.
The joint and cooperation activities carried out by the two major international organisations during the lapped two years (July 2006-July 2008) has been evaluated together with the future partnership projects and programmes to be undertaken during the next 2-year period.
During the meeting SESRIC representative discussed and exchanged views with several participating UN Agencies, such as World Bank, UNWTO, WMO, ITU and UNEP, on the possibilities of cooperation, and agreed to cooperate on developing and implementing capacity building and training programs, as well as sharing and exchanging information and data between the concerned institutions in the areas of finance and banking sector, poverty alleviation, micro finance, food security, water and sanitation, tourism and environment.