The International Islamic Center for Population Studies and Research (IICPSR) was founded at Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt, the most prestigious and one of the oldest Islamic University all over the world, in co-operation with the UNFPA in 1975.
Objectives: Conducting population and reproductive health studies and research in the Muslim World and to add credibility to the population/reproductive health information obtained before its dissemination in Muslim countries. Dispel misconceptions about Islam and certain population/reproductive health policies that can be adopted in the Muslim World. Furthermore it functions as an inter-regional organization with a view to serve the whole Islamic World.
IICPSR receives UN Population Award ('Institutional Category')
Tuesday, 9th July 2013
The International Islamic Center for Population Studies and Research (IICPSR) has been awarded the 2013 United Nations Population Award for the ‘Institutional category’. In a special ceremony at the UN, Professor Gamal Serour, Past-President of FIGO, and Director of the Center, received the award from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
In his acceptance speech he said: ‘The selection of IICPSR for this prestigious award is a testament to the University’s tremendous success in advocacy, raising awareness and mobilising civil society and governments on contemporary population policies, RSH, gender and child’s rights issues in the Muslim world. This is a splendid occasion that brings an added prestige to IICPSR and Al Azhar University.’
Professor Serour accepting the award from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moonProfessor Hamid Rushwan, FIGO Chief Executive, commented: ‘IICPSR is a highly regarded institution in the Muslim world, under the expert stewardship of our Past-President Professor Serour. FIGO is delighted that it has been recognised in this high-profile way.’
Read the official statement on the award from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (28 June 2013)
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