The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation is an international organisation founded in 1969(until 2011 Organization of the Islamic Conference). The headquarter of the General Secretariat is in Jeddah (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia).

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation is the second largest inter-governmental organisation after the United Nations and has 56 MembersStates (excluding Syria, whose membership was suspended in 2012).Five countries and five international organisationshave observer status.

The official languages of the OIC are Arabic, English, and French.

The Organisation is composed of the following main bodies:the supreme authority of the Organisation is the Islamic Summit, composed of Heads of State and Government of Member States (meets every two years); the Council of Foreign Ministers implements the general policy of the Organisation (meets once a year). The Executive Board is an advisory body (consists of chairmen of current, previous and future Summits, the councils of foreign ministers, a representative of the headquarters of the General Secretariat and the Secretary General); the General Secretariat is the executive organ of the Organisation.

The main documents of the Organisation: the Charter of the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation adopted by Kazakhstan in 2008 during the 11th OIC Summit; the OIC – 2025: Programme of Action adopted during the 13th OIC Summit, which was held on April 28, 2016 inIstanbul (Turkey).
At the 13th OIC Summit held in Istanbul on April 14-15, President of KazakhstanNursultanNazarbayev proposed new initiatives of Kazakhstan – the launch of the Islamic Rapprochement process, development of the Islamic Infrastructure Integration strategic programme under the auspices of the Islamic Development Bank andhosting the first ever OIC Summit on Science and Technology in Astana in 2017.

Created at : 11.12.2012, 19:37, Updated at : 30.01.2017, 00:28