The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has paid tribute to exceptional humanitarians and figures within the Movement during the 19th General Assembly in Sydney, Australia. The Henry Davison awards, Youth Awards and Volunteer Development Awards were conferred to National Societies and individuals who have particularly stood out for their commitment and contribution to the humanitarian cause of the IFRC.
The Henry Davison Award was established in 2003, and is given to National Societies or individuals for their contribution to improving lives through capacity building within a National Societies and for promoting the value of voluntary service.
During the ceremony, five distinguished contributors to the work of IFRC were given the Henry Davison award:
- George Weber, former IFRC Secretary General and former Secretary General of Canadian Red Cross, was awarded for his contributions to the organization and its members through his continuous support for them in strengthening their committment to the integrity policy
- Phan Wannamethee, Secretary General of the Thai Red Cross, was recognized for his prominent Movement role in Asia and Pacific
- Dr Dawit Zawde, from Ethiopia Red Cross, for his humanitarian activities and his services to the Ethiopia Red Cross and the IFRC, leading the National Society during the famine of the 80’s and building a strong and enduring National Society
- Mohammed Al-Hadid , President of the Jordan National Red Crescent Society, for his services to the IFRC and the Movement in promoting peace and stability in the Middle East region
- Dr Wolfgang Kopetzky, former Secretary General of Austrian Red Cross for his devotion and dedication in promoting the ideals of the Movement and international work
The Youth and Volunteer Development Awards were also given out during the ceremony. These recognise outstanding efforts in addressing the humanitarian needs of vulnerable people and supporting their National Societies both domestically and internationally.
The IFRC Youth Awards went to:
- Red Cross Society of China – Youth Award for the valuable role of youth in disseminating Red Cross Red Crescent principles
- Red Crescent Society of the Islamic Repuplic of Iran – Youth Award for the valuable role of youth in disseminating Red Cross Red Crescent principles
- Kenya Red Cross Society – Youth Award for the contribution of youth in disseminating Red Cross Red Crescent principles, and their valuable role in health and climate change programmes
- Pakistan Red Crescent Society – Youth Award for the contribution of youth in health programmes
- Red Cross of Georgia – Youth Award for the valuable role of youth in climate change programmes
- The Uganda Red Cross Society – Youth Award for the contribution of youth in programmes to reduce digital divide in the country
- Chilean Red Cross – Youth Award for the contribution of youth in programmes to reduce digital divide in the country.
Volunteer Development Awards went to:
- Spanish Red Cross – for use of IT in mobilizing and managing volunteers
- Red Crescent Society of the Islamic Repuplic of Iran – for volunteer management in urban environments
- Hong Kong Red Cross – for volunteer management in emergencies