The agenda for the 11th Session of the Islamic Summit Conference held in Dakar, Senegal on March 13-14, 2008 focused on four items:
- Implementation of the OIC Ten-Year Program of Action
- Adoption of the revised OIC Charter
- Two brainstorming sessions on economic cooperation among Member States especially African
- Knowledge-sharing among Member States.
The Islamic Summit Renews its Confidence in Professor Ihsanoglu and Re-elects him for another Five-Year Term
The Secretary General of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, was re-elected for a new term of office during the closing meeting of the 11th Session of the Islamic Summit Conference held in the Senegalese capital Dakar.
The new Charter sets the new term of office for OIC Secretary General at five years instead of four years as it was in the previous Charter.
The incumbent Secretary General has one year remaining in office thereby bringing the overall length of his term to six years.
The Member States commended the Secretary General for his performance during the past years as well as for his efforts in preparing the Dakar Summit.
Professor Ihsanoglu expressed his thanks and gratitude to the Member States for their confidence and support for the Organisation and the Secretary General, and reaffirmed his determination to continue playing a positive role in serving the OIC Member States and the Islamic World.
OIC Charter Adopted
The leaders of the Ummah at the 11th Session of the Islamic Summit Conference unanimously adopted the new OIC Charter, which marks the launch of a new era in the OIC’s history as it continues its mission with a reinvigorated vision.
OIC Secretary General welcomes the signing of the Dakar Agreement Between Sudan and Chad
The Secretary General of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, welcomed the signing of an agreement between H.E. President Omar Hassan Al Bashir and H.E. President Idriss Deby, President of the Republic of Chad, under the auspices of H.E. Maitre Abdoulaye Wade, President of the Republic of Senegal, on the sidelines of the 11th Session of the Islamic Summit Conference, on 13 March 2008.
The Secretary General praised the commendable efforts made by H.E. Maitre Abdoulaye Wade, President of the Republic of Senegal, Chair of the current Session of the Islamic Summit Conference, whose outcome was the realization of this Agreement, and expressed his hope that this Agreement would permanently end the differences between the two countries and establish peace and security in the region.
The Secretary General affirmed that his participation in the consultations which led to the signing of the Dakar Agreement fits into the context of the increasingly growing role of the OIC in safeguarding peace and security at the regional and international levels.
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