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Organization of Islamic Cooperation

OIC - formerly Organization of Islamic Conference

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[Organization of Islamic Cooperation]
image by Zachary Harden, 20 September 2021

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The Thirty-eighth Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (formerly Organisation of the Islamic Conference) started today 28 June 2011 in Astana, capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan, in the presence of H.E. Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Secretary General of the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation H.E. Professor
Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu.
The Conference opening session witnessed the consensus of Member States to change the logo of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference and its name to become the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The new resolution reflects a qualitative shift in the performance of the Organisation and enormous enhancement of its effectiveness as an international organisation active in diverse areas of politics, economy, culture and society.
Jean Villette, 29 June 2011

The Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is the second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations. It has membership of 57 states spread over four continents. The Organization is the collective voice of the Muslim world and ensuring to safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony among various people of the world. The Organization was established after the summit of Arab leaders held in Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco on 25 September 1969. The official languages of the organisation are Arabic, English, and French. Organization changed its name from the Organisation of the Islamic Conference on 28 June, 2011. Its administrative center is in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Zoltan Horvath, 03 July 2011

Description of the Flag

The OIC change its name and flag:
Jean Villette, 29 June 2011

Its new logo adopted and new flag was hoisted at first time on 28 June 2011, during the 38th session of the council of foreign ministers. Its new logo can be seen at its official website.
Based on this article: "The new emblem contains three main elements that reflect the organization's vision and mission as incorporated in its new charter. These elements are: the Holy Kaa'ba, the globe, and the crescent."
Zoltan Horvath, 03 July 2011

Previous flag

[Organization of Islamic Conference]
image by Sammy Kanadi, 17 May 2000

Znamierowski (1999) stated "...the flag, in pan-Arab colours, was adopted in 1981. The green and the crescent symbolize Islam, and the inscription in the centre reads Allah u Akbar ("God is Great").
Sammy Kanadi, 17 May 2000

Alternate design of the previous flag

[Organization of Islamic Conference]
image by Ivan Sarajcic, 12 April 2007

This image is based on and It is not clear if it is a variant or a different flag.
Ivan Sarajcic, 12 April 2007

Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum

[Organization of Islamic Conference]
image by Rob Raeside, 13 August 2021

A flag of the Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum, headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey; c. Aug. 2021.
William Garrison, 13 August 2021

Members of the Organization

Membership was reported as follows in 2001 (including date of joining):

The OIC Observer States are:

Francisco Manuel, 24 September 2001