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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...

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...

Recent speeches:

Red Cross/Red Crescent Mediterranean Platform on Migration
Annual meeting 2014 Tunis, 23 – 25 September 2014
United Nations High-level Meeting on Response to the Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak
Remarks of Mr. Elhadj As Sy Secretary General International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Ebola came to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia and there it found us: the IFRC with 25,000 Red Cross volunteers on the ground, 3 National Societies, backed up by a Movement of 189 National Societies and 17 million volunteers across the world and the International Committee o...
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...

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