Jeddah � The Union of OIC News Agencies (UNA) and the London-based International Organization for Development signed a memorandum of cooperation at the UNA headquarters in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Thursday.
The agreement was signed by UNA Director General Issa Khaireh Robleh and Secretary General of the International Organization for Development Dr. Ahmed bin Salem Bahammam. It provides for cooperation in implementing joint training projects for the staffers of member news agencies and the provision of media services to the development, Islamic and humanitarian issues, as well as to Muslim minorities around the world.
The memorandum has specified the areas of joint cooperation through implementing projects, programs and activities in media, training, development and administrative organization, especially in unifying efforts to combat the discourse of racism, hatred and racial discrimination against Islam; exchange of experiences that ensure the effective utilization of human and material resources; and contribute to preparing unique media programs that improve the performance of charitable and humanitarian work.
The memo also focuses on enhancing and developing relations between the two parties to ensure effective institutional partnership. It further seeks to establish programs, projects, seminars and events that highlight the issues of the Islamic world and contribute to providing media support to Muslim communities beyond the countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to preserve their Islamic cultural identity and family ties.
The International Organization for Development is a non-profit humanitarian, charitable and developmental organization dedicated to providing development, relief, health, education and economic services to the needy across the globe without discrimination. The Organization distances itself from politics and ethnic conflicts, and contributes to finding sustainable solutions to humanitarian challenges.
The Union of OIC News Agencies is a specialized organ of the 57-member Pan-Islam Organization, established on 15 October 2017, in place of the International Islamic News Agency (IINA). The Union aims to strengthen professional and training relations, develop cooperation and enhance bonds of fraternity and solidarity among member news agencies. It also seeks to promote the exchange of experiences and concerted efforts to achieve utmost cooperation among member agencies, as well as combating the rhetoric of terrorism, extremism, Islamophobia and projecting the tolerance in Islam.
Source: International Islamic News Agency