TOPIC A Resource Allocation (2013-present)
- Natalie Larsen (She/Her/Hers)
- Kait Albarran (She/Her/Hers)
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is an intergovernmental regional body of 57 member states within the Muslim World, formed September 25, 1969 following the criminal arson of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem.
Dedicated to protecting the values and interests of Muslims, the OIC espouses issues affecting Muslims, settles conflicts and disputes involving its Member States, removes misperceptions, and eliminates discrimination against Muslims. For example, the OIC addresses issues of peace and security, Palestine and Al-Quds (Jerusalem), poverty, terrorism, investment and finance, food security, science and technology, climate change and sustainability, interfaith harmony, human rights, and effective governance. Cooperating with the United Nations and other intergovernmental organizations, and maintaining its own regional bodies and committees, the OIC is a large and influential body significant in shaping economic, political, and social policy.
With member states predominantly representing Middle Eastern and African countries, the OIC considers issues surrounding the allocation of resources in these regions, especially food, water, and energy security. Presently, these regions face a dilemma as issues regarding resource allocation arise, including inequalities between member states resulting in social, political, and economic problems affecting countries’ populations, domestic governance, and international relationships.
These resource allocation inequalities rise from natural disparities in countries’ resource assets and needs. These differences can be attributed historically to these countries’ different developments, although we seek to focus on issues arising specifically within the last decade. These present distinctions between different countries’ resource assets include their climate and rainfall, infrastructure, and prominence of natural resources, including fossil fuels. Additionally, the disparities within resource needs may originate from varying population sizes, natural disasters, and also infrastructure/development.
Including topics such as famine, drought, and oil/sustainability and their repercussions on health and well-being, domestic affairs and infrastructure, and geopolitical relationships, this committee seeks to consider these issues surrounding resource allocation for the OIC members, and craft resolutions to overall strengthen these countries’ socially, politically, and economically.