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Yellow fever in Angola: Are we repeating the mistakes of Ebola?

Yellow fever in Angola: Are we repeating the mistakes of Ebola?

Imagine. A deadly disease is stalking terrified mothers, fathers, children and grandparents. People are sick. Many are dying. An information vacuum is overflowing with rumour and misinformation

We must protect humanity, and halt indifference

We must protect humanity, and halt indifference

We are sons of the Sahel. We played on its sand, breathed its hot and nurturing air. We grew under its bright sun, found joy and meaning among its people.

The deafening silence of 700 lost souls

The deafening silence of 700 lost souls

Seven hundred killed in a plane crash. Seven hundred killed in a terrorist attack. Hundreds killed in a building collapse.

Obama's Hiroshima visit is a wake up call on the risks of nuclear weapons

Obama's Hiroshima visit is a wake up call on the risks of nuclear weapons

The president's historic visit must lead to fresh efforts to rid our world of destructive missiles and safeguard our futures.

The Cost of ‘Wait and See’ — Three Things the World Needs From the World Humanitarian Summit

The Cost of ‘Wait and See’ — Three Things the World Needs From the World Humanitarian Summit

The premise is simple: investing in national and local skills, systems and knowledge to build resilience and preparedness will save lives, cut costs and preserve hard-won development gains.

World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day 2016 - Everywhere for everyone

World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day 2016 - Everywhere for everyone

World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, 8 May, is an opportunity to celebrate the bravery and the achievements of the 17 million volunteers and nearly half a million staff members.

Recent speeches:

IFRC VICE PRESIDENT, FRANCESCO ROCCA - Remarks to the High-Level Roundtable - “Humanitarian Financing – Investing in Humanity” - World Humanitarian Summit - 23 May
Your excellences, ladies and gentlemen, I have the honour of speaking today on behalf of 190 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and 17 million Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers. The gap between humanitarian need and humanitarian funding is both historic and growing. One might argue that this gap represents the defining challenge of the World Humanitarian Summit. More resources a...
IFRC PRESIDENT, TADATERU KONOÉ - Remarks to the High-Level Roundtable -Women and Girls: Catalyzing Action to Achieve Gender Equality- World Humanitarian Summit
Your excellences, ladies and gentlemen, Like all gathered here, the IFRC recognizes that humanitarian action cannot be successful if it does not respond to the particular circumstances of women and girls, and men and boys. Humanitarian crises accentuate gender inequalities and too often increase the incidence of sexual gender-based violence. Gender is indeed one of the determining social factor...
IFRC PRESIDENT, TADATERU KONOÉ - Plenary Statement - World Humanitarian Summit - Istanbul, 23-24 May
Chair, It is my pleasure to take the floor on behalf of our Federation’s 190 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and their 17 million volunteers. Allow me to offer, on their behalf, my congratulations to Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon for organizing this important event. We have approached the Summit collectively as a Movement, together with the International Committee of the Red Cross...

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