Resolution no. 32/31-C

The Thirty-first Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers (Session of Progress and Global Harmony), held in Istanbul, Republic of Turkey, from 26 to 28 Rabiulthani 1425H (14-16 June 2004).

... Having taken note of the Report submitted by the Director General which includes the Centre’s plans of action for 2003/2004 and 2004-2005, as well as the report and resolutions adopted by the Nineteenth Session of its Governing Board, taking note that the Centre has undertaken preparations to commemorate the 25th anniversary of its establishment with a ceremony and a series of cultural activities, commends the efforts of the Centre as reflected in its pioneering accomplishments and its activities aimed at meeting the needs of the Muslim Ummah and keeping pace with international developments in the field of culture and Islamic heritage in an optimal way, and highlights the efforts exerted by its Director General in this respect;

  1. Expresses its gratitude and appreciation to H.E. Dato Seri Mahathir Mohamad, former Prime Minister of Malaysia, for his unremitting support for cultural development and scientific research in the Islamic world, and expresses its appreciation to IRCICA for having created, in collaboration and consultation with the competent Malaysian authorities, the "Mahathir Award for Islamic Studies" as an expression of gratitude by the Centre, and for its decision to award the first prize in 2005 to studies on the Malay world.
  2. Expresses its appreciation to the Centre for presenting the fourth group of the "IRCICA Award of Excellence in Research" to five distinguished scholars, and the second group of the "IRCICA Award for Patronage in the Preservation of Islamic Cultural Heritage and Promotion of Scholarship" to four private museums and one well-known scholar from the Muslim world, in an award presentation ceremony which took place in Istanbul on 22 October 2003.
  3. Lauds the efforts made by the Centre and particularly its Governing Board for the implementation of the Resolution of the Tenth Islamic Summit Conference and the Twenty-eighth Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers commissioning IRCICA to attach the name of H.R.H. Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Bin Abdulaziz - may Allay rest his soul in peace - to an important sector of its future activities in the field of Islamic heritage, in appreciation of His Highness's unflagging support, during the Chairmanship of the Islamic Commission for the Preservation of Islamic Cultural Heritage; lauds particularly the efforts made by IRCICA's Governing Board in its 19th Session (Istanbul, 2-3 Dhul Hijja 1424H/24-25 January 2004) in which it discussed the proposals previously formulated by the Centre, the note of the General Secretariat of the OIC on the purpose, and the letter of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the subject, and lauds the Governing Board's recommendation commissioning IRCICA to reserve a new innovative and large-scale activity to be concretized with the creation of an Award carrying the name of "Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Award for the Preservation of Islamic Cultural Heritage" which will take place periodically through an international competition in one field of the preservation of Islamic cultural heritage and will be sponsored from the Centre's budget. The first competition will be devoted to the preservation of Islamic architectural heritage.
  4. Commends also the organization by the Centre of the Second International Symposium on "Islamic Civilisation in the Balkans" in Tirana, capital of Albania, on 4-6 December 2003 under the patronage of H.E. the Prime Minister of Albania.
  5. Commends also the organization by the Centre of the International Symposium on "Islamic Civilization in Eastern Africa" jointly with the Islamic University in Uganda, in Kampala, on 15-17 December 2003 under the patronage of H.E. the President of the Republic of Uganda.
  6. Commends also the organization by the Centre of the International Congress on "Cultural Contacts in Building Universal Civilization: The Role of Islamic Contributions" in Sharjah, UAE, on 17-19 January 2004 under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohamed al-Qassimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah and in collaboration with the American University of Sharjah.
  7. Commends the efforts of the Centre for successfully finalizing the 6th International Calligraphy Competition in the name of the Iranian Calligrapher Mir Imad al-Hasani at the end of March 2004.
  8. Commends the organization of a series of successful international workshops on "Architectural Heritage Today" which continued through the Ninth Architectural Workshop "Mostar 2004" held in Mostar from 16-27 July 2003, and welcomes the project to hold the 10th Architectural Workshop and Seminar in Mostar next July.
  9. Welcomes the project of the Centre to organize an international symposium on "Syria in the Ottoman Epoch" to be held in Damascus, Syria in March 2005 in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture of Syria and under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Bashar al-Assad, President of the Syrian Arab Republic.
  10. Commends the preparations undertaken by the Centre to implement the recommendation issued by the Board in its 18th and 19th sessions, to organize the "First International Conference of Islamic Archeology" in Istanbul in April 2005; an academic forum to be held periodically and to bring together archaeologists, curators of museums, excavating archeologists and specialists of Islamic archeology from around the world.
  11. Welcomes the project of the Centre to organize the third symposium on "Islamic Civilization in the Balkans" to be held in Bucarest, Romania, in cooperation with the Romanian Academy of Sciences, in 2006.
  12. Welcomes the recommendation of IRCICA’s Governing Board concerning the organisation of a ceremony and cultural activities on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Centre, inviting, among others, the former members of the Governing Board. Welcomes also the proposal of the Governing Board about the publication of a special book on this occasion.
  13. Commends the efforts made by the Centre to activate its cooperation with some international organisations, in particular with UNESCO, given that this cooperation is beneficial for the Centre's activities, and noting especially that the existing memorandum of understanding between the two sides has recently been reinforced.
  14. Expresses its appreciations for the Center's efforts aiming to preserve the Islamic cultural heritage and identity of the Islamic communities in non-member countries of the OIC; requests the Centre to continue these efforts and asks the Member States and the Islamic institutions and personalities to provide the Centre with the necessary support to be able to achieve this noble task.
  15. Requests the Centre to continue deploying its valuable efforts to activate dialogue among civilizations by implementing one of the programs of activities that the Organisation of the Islamic Conference intends to execute in this respect.
  16. Notes with gratitude and appreciation the efforts made by Prof. Dr. Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, Director General of IRCICA, since the Centre's establishment until today, which are marked by an innovative spirit and excellent style, and expresses its thanks and deep appreciation to the staff members of the Centre for the distinguished efforts they have made and are still making in fulfilling the aims entrusted to the Centre.
  17. Expresses its thanks and appreciation to the host country (the Republic of Turkey) and to the other Member States, particularly the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (host country of OIC) for the voluntary material and moral support they are extending the Centre, thus enabling it to carry out its tasks in a satisfactory manner.
  18. Expresses its thanks to the Member States which regularly pay their contributions to the budget of the Centre and calls upon the other countries to regularly pay their contributions and settle their arrears to the budget of the Centre.
  19. Requests the Secretary General to follow up the matter and report thereon to the 32nd Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers.