Opinions and positions

Latest opinion pieces:

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.

Get tested, get treated: How communities and volunteers can play a key role in the fight against HIV

Get tested, get treated: How communities and volunteers can play a key role in the fight against HIV

Millions of men and women around the world volunteer their time to help people living with HIV in their communities.

Migration, the time for words is over

There is no more time for empty declarations of intent, tears or half-hearted complaints.

Tackling the scourge of dengue

Tackling the scourge of dengue

This weekend, government representatives and health partners across ASEAN meet in the Philippines to discuss approaches towards combatting the growing threat of dengue in Southeast Asia.

Recent speeches:

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)
Global Forum on Migration and Development, Civil Society Days 2014, 12 – 13 May - Shaping Migration & Development Goals: global movement, change on the ground
Theme 2: Shaping goals for the protection of migrants and families Session 2.A: Protecting and empowering migrants in distress, in transit, at borders and in detention Statement delivered by Sue Le Mesurier, Manager Migration Unit, IFRC Moderators, and friends, Thank you for giving IFRC this opportunity to contribute to this important thematic on protecting and empowering migrants in distress...

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