Published: 19 November 2009
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) today elected Tadateru Konoé, from the Japanese Red Cross, as its new president for a four-year term.
The President was elected by representatives of member Red Cross and Red Crescent societies, currently attending the Federation’s 17th session of the General Assembly, the organisation’s highest decision-making body. It meets every two years to debate and adopt policies which are the framework for National Society activities as they carry out their humanitarian mission to help the most vulnerable.
Mr. Konoé has been President of the Japanese Red Cross Society since 2005, previously serving as its vice-president for fourteen years. He has also held various posts at the IFRC, the most recent being vice chairman and member of the RCRC Standing Commission. Between 1970 and 2008, Mr. Konoé has been involved with over 30 RCRC missions in different parts of the world. He has academic qualifications from Gakushuin University and London School of Economics, and has a working understanding of French and is fluent in both Japanese and English.
Mr. Konoé replaces Juan Manuel Suárez del Toro, president of the Spanish Red Cross, who served two terms as IFRC president. Mr. Konoé’s new term will commence from the end of the current General Assembly, on 21 November 2009.