Opinions and positions

Latest opinion pieces:

Non-communicable diseases: Will they become a priority for community action?

Jagan Chapagain, Director - Asia Pacific, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Eduardo Pisani, Director General of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA) Few would dispute that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have set countries on the road towards measurable improvements in health and social welfare. In 2015 a n...

Can disaster preparedness keep pace with technological change?

Tadateru Konoé , President of the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) and of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies(IFRC) The area around the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan has been made strange by abandonment. On a recent visit, I walked down eerie, empty streets, passed homes from which families fled in terror of a nuclear meltdown and shops that...

The world needs to understand the scale of the crisis in the Central African Republic - before it is too late

The world needs to understand the scale of the crisis in the Central African Republic - before it is too late

Even as the media attention shifts from the situation in the Central African Republic, the violence grows worse.

Second Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons

Closing statement of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Thank you for the opportunity to make a short statement on behalf of the ICRC and our Federation and National Society partners, which reflects the fact that the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has a common position on the issue of nuclear weapons. At the...

The International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement deplores the death of a Sudanese Red Crescent Society volunteer

                  14 February 2014, Geneva - The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Malik Ali al-Badawi, a volunteer of the Sudanese Red Crescent Society, due to a landmine explosion near Abu Jubaiha in South Kordofan. The incident took place while volunteers were on their way to respond  to an emergency, providing assistance to people injured after an armed attack. Other volunteers were...

Syria: Humanitarian convoys must not be targeted

Syria: Humanitarian convoys must not be targeted

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is deeply concerned about the failure of the various parties to the conflict in Syria to respect the Movement’s protective emblems

Recent speeches:

Community resilience and inclusive sustainable development
Thirteenth Meeting of the States Parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction (Geneva, 2-5 December 2013) Agenda item 11: Consideration of the general status and operation of the Convention (a) Assisting the victims Statement by Dr. Yaseen Ahmed Abbas, President of the Iraqi Red Crescent Society, O...
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Istanbul Convention Violence Against Migrant Women
Delivered by Sue Le Mesurier, IFRC Madam moderator, Distinguished panellists, Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to thank the organizers for initiating this important event, on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. This symposium focusing on forced marriages and violence against women in the migrant community is an important subject for Red Cross R...
Red Cross Red Crescent Statutory Meetings Closing Statement
As the 2013 Statutory Meetings draw to close, we should be pleased with the progress made but also reflective on what still needs to be done.

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