Opinions and positions

Latest opinion pieces:

Statement on migration by Francesco Rocca, Vice President, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

21 million are victims of people trafficking and modern slavery, but the issue affects us all.

Remaining relevant amidst crisis

By Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) This week, more than 250 representatives of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have gathered in Beijing for our 9 th Asia Pacific Regional Conference to discuss new and innovative approaches towards meeting today’s humanitarian challenges. Every da...

18 October: EU Anti-trafficking day

Red Cross National Societies of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, Poland and Serbia are calling on stakeholders for action.

Statement: Brazilian Red Cross

Geneva - 15 October 2014 . Over the last few days several articles in the media have been relaying information that the Brazilian Red Cross is allegedly at risk of being suspended as a member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).  The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has neither considered nor discussed a potential suspension or expulsion of...

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...

Recent speeches:

Session of the Intergovernmental Board on Climate Services
Session of the Intergovernmental Board on Climate Services Video address by Secretary General Elhadj As Sy Dear Colleagues and Friends, I regret that I am not able to join you in person due to previous commitments, but I appreciate the opportunity to take part through this video message.   The IFRC started its journey with WMO more than a decade ago, and we signed a Memorandum of Understanding ...
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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