Sunday, April 25, 2010

aoc news

global programming via crisis=opportunity is going on,

- what looks like synchronity is an orchestrated endeavour to their aims!

2010 April 23:

"With the implosion of financial markets on Wall Street and the explosion of a volcano in Iceland highlighting in just two ways how the world is ever more interconnected, enhancing dialogue and understanding among peoples and faiths is more vital than ever", Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

“It is the case whether the subject is melting icecaps in one part of the world or rising unemployment in another,” he told a ceremony at United Nations Headquarters in New York marking 2010 as the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures in accordance with a General Assembly resolution passed in 2007.

“Like never before, global challenges have local impacts. Local events can have global impacts. This compels us to strengthen cooperation – expand the space for dialogue – and replace barriers of distrust with bridges of understanding.”


“Far too often, distrust and ignorance among cultures and faiths have been obstacles to peace and progress. So in a very real sense, promoting the rapprochement of cultures will promote the reaching of the MDGs,” he declared, citing strengthened education systems, increased exposure to information, and the commitment of local governments, civil society and the media as essential planks in the effort."

from the OIC - Statement of H.E. the Secrtary General at the Meeting of AoC Focal Points of the OIC Member States:

"Distinguished Focal Points of the AoC
Focal Points of the OIC Member States,

...This Meeting today is an OIC family affair, and I would therefore like to be frank in expressing my views on our involvement in the Alliance activities and programmes. I find it somewhat disheartening to note that while the Western countries are active in taking advantage of the AoC forum to further their own agenda, the role played by the OIC Group has not been that - prominent. This situation needs appropriate action on our part.

The purpose behind the holding of this Meeting was to create an opportunity to put our minds together on developing a common OIC stance at all AoC Forums. I am convinced that your deliberations today and tomorrow, will lead the way to better and sustained consultation and cooperation between the OIC Member States on matters related to the AoC. The OIC Focal Point and my Special Envoy Ambassador Omur Orhun can act as a conduit and coordinator to supplement our joint efforts.

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

In outlining the political dimension of the Alliance of Civilizations, the Report mentions inter alia, that the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948 set forth a chain of events that continues to be one of the most tortuous in relations between Western and Muslim societies. The report further stated that Israel’s continuing occupation of Palestinian and other Arab territories and the unresolved status of Jerusalem - a holy city for Muslims and Christians as well as Jews – have persisted with the perceived acquiescence of Western governments. Those facts constitute the primary causes of resentment and anger in the Muslim world toward Western nations.

The OIC would like to go beyond mere dialogue, and would wish to attain familiarity and cordiality among and between all human beings. For these reasons, the OIC attaches special significance to its relationship and interaction with the AoC. The OIC’s observation of the year 2010 as the International Year for Rapprochement for Intercultural and Inter-religious Dialogue, as provided for under a UN Resolution, can provide a sound framework in that regard.

I understand that you will be deliberating on the AoC Mediterranean Strategy which is expected to be adopted by the AoC Third Annual Forum in Rio. The OIC Focal Point has submitted its inputs for the strategy, but the draft document prepared by the AoC was sanitized to delete many of our immediate concerns. I will ask Ambassador Omur Orhun to brief you on this issue. I would only urge the OIC Member States to ensure that our common interests are not lost in the face of pressures from the West and that you will speak out forcefully to secure that final document to be adopted by the Rio Forum, will take on board all our concerns.

I am happy to inform you that the OIC and AoC along with the Council of Europe would be holding a side event on “Addressing Islamophobia” at the Rio Forum next month. I would request your active participation at this event to raise awareness of our western partners on the gravity of the issue and the dangerous threat it poses to peace and security of humanity at large.

What we want to achieve in this meeting can be summarized as follows:

1.Through your endeavors and with your assistance, we want to encourage OIC Member States to be more actively involved with AoC related activities through, for instance, the adoption of AoC National Plans on dialogue and interaction among civilizations and to initiate projects on the four targets namely media, education, migration and the youth;

2.We also wish to urge all OIC Member States to establish closer interaction with the AoC, as a relevant forum for dialogue by, for example, enlisting themselves in the AoC Group of Friends, if they are not yet members;

3.Display of solidarity among OIC Member States through consultation and coordination is of utmost importance. Therefore, we would also like to call for unified positions during AoC meetings and activities and to develop our media and communication network to reach the ordinary people of our own countries and those in western societies;

4.Furthermore, I believe we must aim to work constructively also within the context of the AoC on a common platform aiming at developing projects addressing the need for inter-cultural and inter-civilizational dialogue at all levels

With these words of introduction, I would like to wish a profitable exchange of views and positions and a successful meeting. I thank you."

stay tuned!


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