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Latest opinion pieces:

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.

Japan’s Nuclear Disaster, Five Years On

Five years ago, in Japan, a devastating earthquake and tsunami triggered an “unthinkable” disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. This year, we also mark 30 years since the 1986 nuclear accident in Chernobyl, Ukraine. The commemoration of these catastrophic events is an opportunity to reflect on our preparedness to respond to low-probability but high-impact disasters. First and foremost,...

What Dengue and Ebola can teach us about Zika

By Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies In a matter of weeks, Zika has gone from a relatively obscure tropical disease to a household name, and an international public health emergency. As Latin American governments, aid groups and communities grapple with this unfamiliar threat, the public health responses to Dengue and Ebola hold so...

What does it take to be a hero?

By Tadateru Konoé, President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies What exactly is a “hero”? It seems to me that we are sometimes too generous with this term. We call our sportsmen and women heroes, we elevate our political leaders, and in the process, we strip this word of its true meaning.It is quite possible that we have all come across one or two heroes in...

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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