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Latest opinion pieces:

Local volunteers are the heart of every humanitarian response

Local volunteers are the heart of every humanitarian response

On International Volunteers Day, let’s commit to supporting the people who give so much of their time and energy to make their communities safer, stronger and more resilient.

Water – the driver of sustainable growth

Water – the driver of sustainable growth

This week in Stockholm, Sweden, more than 3,000 people from across the globe, will come together to reinforce the importance of water and sanitation services for sustainable growth.

World Humanitarian Day

World Humanitarian Day

Today, as every day, is Humanitarian Day. We pay tribute to all humanitarian workers and volunteers, including those within our International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

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.


Recent speeches:

STATEMENT BY FRANCESCO ROCCA VICE PRESIDENT OF IFRC AND PRESIDENT OF ITALIAN RED CROSS ON BEHALF OF THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF RED CROSS AND RED CRESCENT SOCIETIES
Remarks to Roundtable 5 “Global Compact for safe, regular and orderly migration: Towards realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to achieve full respect for the Human Rights of Migrants” High-level Meeting on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants New York, 19 September 2016 Mr President, Excellences, Ladies and Gentlemen, Migration is already one of the defining...
STATEMENT BY SECRETARY GENERAL ELHADJ AS SY ON BEHALF OF THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF RED CROSS AND RED CRESCENT SOCIETIES
High-level Plenary Meeting on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants New York, 19 September 2016     Mr President, Excellences, Ladies and Gentlemen, We have talked a lot in these last days about refugees, about migrants. These are not identities. They are situations. Situations where so many people find themselves in because of circumstances that are way beyond their control....
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...

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