Opinions and positions

Latest opinion pieces:

Valletta Summit on migration – Malta, 11-12 November 2015

Public Statement By Garry Conille, IFRC Under Secretary General, Programmes and Operations, on behalf of the International Movement of the Red Cross and Red Crescent     Working with and for vulnerable migrants and focusing on their needs, is one of the long-standing traditions of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. We strive to adopt an integrated and impartial approach, combining...

STOP THE VIOLENCE. PROTECT HEALTH CARE

In the last few months, a number of attacks against health-care workers, medical transports and facilities have taken place in several countries, like Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen to mention a few. These incidents are taking place in countries with fragile health-care systems that are already struggling to treat the numbers of people affected by the ongoing conflicts there. In some cases, the...

Building community resilience bridges humanitarian and development goals

By Elhadj As Sy Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Sven Mollekleiv  senior vice president and head of corporate relations and corporate social responsibility in DNV GL We are increasingly seeing debates about the best use of aid money. Some argue that, in the context of growing humanitarian needs, resources should go towards addressing the...

The 50th Anniversary of the Fundamental Principles: Reaffirming our Humanity, Reasserting our Neutrality and Impartiality

By Tadateru Konoé, President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross The 50 th anniversary of the adoption of the Fundamental Principles is an opportunity to reflect on the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement’s role in shaping principled humanitarian action in the past,...

We have a collective responsibility to promote and protect the human dignity of all people on the move

Statement by Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies statement “The humanitarian situation facing thousands of vulnerable migrants at the borders of Europe is unacceptable. The events of the past 24 hours have hurt our collective humanity. Those seeking safety have often travelled thousands of miles; many have fled violence and...

Building Global Capacity on Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

By Sylvia Khamati-Logendo, Health Advisor, Kenya Red Cross Society. On behalf of IFRC, Lilly MDR-TB Partnership and United Way Worldwide The borderless nature of tuberculosis (TB) came to the fore again this month when a woman travelled from India to the United States and visited three states before she became sick and tested positive for extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB) – the deadliest...

Recent speeches:

Statement by Christophe Lobry to the United Nations
Agenda item 14: Culture of Peace, Plenary Session of the United Nations General Assembly New York, 15 December 2014
Statement at the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons
Speaker: Dr Werner Kerschbaum, IFRC Head of Delegation to the Conference, and Secretary General of the Austrian Red Cross It is an honour to speak on behalf of the ICRC and the IFRC – the entire Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Our Movement is united in its message to States and the global community on nuclear weapons. Even though only a few states currently possess nuclear weapons, they ar...
Why could we not care? Secretary-General of the Austrian Red Cross, at the first panel session of the ICAN Civil Society Forum
Distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen, dear ICAN friends and colleagues! First let me thank the organisers of this very important event for kindly inviting me and for giving me the opportunity to take the floor and to share with you some of the reasons why we at the Red Cross believe that the world would be a far safer and better place without nuclear weapons. It is always a great...

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