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Syria: SARC first responders need to be respected

Damascus/Geneva (SARC-IFRC-ICRC) - On World First Aid Day [13 September 2014], the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement calls for the greater protection for Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) first aid volunteers. “In Syria, first aid volunteers risk their lives daily to bring life-saving services to the population,” said Dr. Abdul Rahman Attar, President of the SARC. “Parties to the...

IFRC Secretary General Elhadj As Sy reiterates his call for bold, urgent action to halt the Ebola epidemic. Time is of the essence

Two weeks after my visit to Guinea and Sierra Leone, the situation continues to get worse, and there is no end in sight. To make an impact on this crisis, we need an urgent, sustained response from all sectors – governments, the international community, aid organizations, media and corporate partners. We need this response now. Our National Red Cross Societies and volunteers have been on the...

What can we do to tackle disaster risks in Small Island Developing States?

By IFRC President, Tadateru Konoe As the Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) Conference gets underway in Samoa this week, it is important to reflect on the unique development challenges that some of these small island nations around the world contend with. Many support small populations that face multiple threats; one of the foremost being climate change which has lead to changing weather...

A black day as Central African Red Cross loses another volunteer to gunmen

Under often life-threatening circumstances, volunteers from the Central African Red Cross Society, continue to undertake humanitarian operations, bringing life-saving support to those affected by violence in the country. On 20 August, Bienvenu Bertrand Bandios, a volunteer driver and first aider, was killed by gunfire while assisting casualties during an operation in the capital city, Bangui....

Remembering Hiroshima: Nuclear disarmament is a humanitarian imperative

Remembering Hiroshima: Nuclear disarmament is a humanitarian imperative

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement’s involvement in the nuclear debate dates back to the moment the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.

IFRC calls for absolute protection of Red Crescent volunteers, staff, facilities and property in Gaza

IFRC calls for absolute protection of Red Crescent volunteers, staff, facilities and property in Gaza

The IFRC and ICRC remind all parties of their obligation to respect and protect medical personnel, ambulances and facilities, as provided for under international humanitarian law.

Recent speeches:

Forum convened by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and co-organized with UNICEF, WHO, ECOWAS, BBC Media Action and West Africa Democracy Radio (WADR)
King Fahd Palace Hotel, 8-9 September 2014, Dakar Senegal We the participants of the Forum on Ebola Communication and Prevention , meeting in Dakar, Senegal, on 8-9 September, 2014; recognizing that we represent national, regional and global agencies, organisations and networks that  can support affected and at-risk countries stop the spread of  Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and effectively control...
First session of the Preparatory Committee of the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (Geneva, 14-15 July)
It is encouraging to see the progress being made in development of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (HFA2) and in preparation for the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.
"Enhanced country ownership is key to achieving the goal of the Convention”
Third Review Conference of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction (Maputo, 23-27 June 2014)

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