Doha International Family Institute (DIFI) participated in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) First Ministerial Conference on the subject: “Towards an OIC Approach to Empower the Marriage and Family Institution in the Member States and Preserve its Values”, hosted by the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Labour and Social Development, Jeddah, 8-9 February 2017.
The first day of the conference was a preparatory day. It included speeches of the Saudi Arabian Head of Delegation and the OIC Secretariat Representative, followed by presentations on; "Family and SDGS" by the Islamic Chamber of Commerce; "The challenges faced by Arab families" by the Arab Family Organization; "The challenges faced by Asian families" by the Turkey's Women and Democracy Association; and "The challenges face by African families" by the Children of Africa Foundation. After the presentations, there was a closed meeting for the high officials representing their governments in preparation for the second day of the Ministerial Conference.
The second day of the Ministerial Conference began with a speech from the Conference Chairperson, HE. Ali Al-Ghafis, the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Saudi Arabia, followed by speeches from 43 Official Delegates; their Excellency the Ministers of Labour and Social Affairs from 19 Member States; and Chief Delegates from 24 Member States. Their speeches were about the national strategies, policies and programs to empower marriage and family institution and preserve its values in the contemporary challenges.
Besides Jeddah Declaration, the conference adopted 5 resolutions; the first one is on developing the OIC strategy for empowerment of marriage and family institution, the second resolution assigned some OIC entities to prepare a paper and develop an index on implementing SDGs from a family perspective; the third one is related to the rejection of the Human Rights Council resolution on sexual orientation; the forth is about holding the Ministerial Conference on a biennial basis; the last resolution specifies follow-up mechanisms of the conference resolutions.