ORGANIZATION OF ISLAMIC COOPERATION

Chair: MOONLAN ZHANG


The Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s mission is to be “the collective voice of the Muslim world,” with its goal being “to safeguard the interests and ensure the progress and well-being of Muslims,” based on the larger aim of promoting international peace and understanding. Founded in 1969, it now has 57 member states and represents around 2 billion people across 4 continents. The OIC is the second largest inter-governmental organization, after the UN. Its official languages are French, English, and Arabic.

Topic B

Youth Unemployment and its Impacts on Political Stability

Topic A

Islamic Financing and Public-Private Partnerships

 

APPROXIMATE COMMITTEE SIZE: 57


LEARNING GOALS

Delegates will gain...

  • A deeper awareness of the similar and dissimilar challenges faced by Islamic countries, such as contrasting the Arab world with Sub-Saharan Africa or Southeast Asia; 
  • Knowledge of the role that economic factors play in political and ideological movements; 
  • Exposure to a supranational organ created around shared sociocultural identities rather than geographic proximity, and insight into how such an organization might function differently from other supranational organizations; 
  • Consciousness regarding the perils, complications, and intersections of disenfranchisement, poverty, faith, and modernity, and the diplomatic balance and cooperation required for development. 

About the Chair

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Moonlan Zhang is a member of the class of 2020 in the School of Foreign Service, majoring in Global Business. Moonlan grew up moving around Asia; currently, she calls  Shanghai, China home. Outside of school, Moonlan loves to cook and explore DC’s restaurant scene; if anyone has any food recommendations, please let her know! This is Moonlan’s third year staffing NAIMUN and she’s is beyond excited to meet all the delegates in February!