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:

Action on Ebola
Action on Ebola: Reception hosted by United Kingdom Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Remarks by Joelle Tanguy Under Secretary General, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent 18 November 2014   Deputy Prime Minister, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Friends, It a great pleasure and honour to be here today, at the invitation of Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Sir...
The Cali One Billion Coalition for Resilience
We, a collective of 220 individuals from 79 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), joined by representatives from international organizations and the private sector, gathered at the Fourth Community Resilience Forum in Cali, Colombia. We, the representatives of National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies a...
Red Cross/Red Crescent Mediterranean Platform on Migration
Annual meeting 2014 Tunis, 23 – 25 September 2014

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