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Speech by Mr Tadateru Konoé, President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, 20th Inter-American Conference of the Red Cross

Publié: 15 mars 2015

Speech by Mr Tadateru Konoé,

President of the

International Federation of Red Cross

and Red Crescent Societies,

Opening Ceremony

20th Inter-American Conference of the Red Cross,

Houston, United States of America, 28 March 2015

 


 

Distinguished leaders of the Red Cross societies of the Americas, Movement colleagues, staff and volunteers, dear friends.

It is a pleasure to be with you all here in Houston, Texas. On behalf of the IFRC, I thank our generous hosts, the American Red Cross and the Houston Chapter and Woodlands Branch for their excellent organisation of this, the twentieth Inter-American Conference of the Red Cross.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Your National Societies have achieved a lot in the four years since we last gathered in Haiti, and the agenda of this conference will, I am sure, allow you to set an ambitious programme for future innovation and growth in the Inter-American Framework for 2016-2019.

Across the Americas region, National Red Cross Societies have shown their ability to identify the most pressing issues causing and exacerbating vulnerabilities, and to tackle these issues with the communities and groups in greatest need.

In particular, I commend you for your work in violence prevention and reduction and in the progress made around urban risk reduction. Your programmes and services are helping to address a humanitarian challenge that causes great suffering across the region, particularly in urban environments.

There have been many medium and small-scale disasters over the past four years, each one requiring the dedicated response of the Red Cross in response and recovery, and to help the affected communities to strengthen their resilience. The development of the Regional Emergency Response Units is a great example of adapting global tools into regional one’s.

Inequality is a serious issue worldwide, and sees some of its highest manifestations in the Americas. This poses a serious challenge for the Red Cross in achieving our goal of greater community resilience.

With so many challenges to meet, the auxiliary role of National Red Cross Societies is more important than ever. Governments in the Americas have worked to improve their policies and procedures for health in emergencies  and disaster risk reduction and response. They are playing a more predominant role in humanitarian responses. A strong relationship with Government will allow you to fully leverage your auxiliary role and become more relevant to the evolving needs of vulnerable people.

While many National Societies have adapted and increased their capacities, our network must always strive for a continuous process of modernisation. I call on you, the leaders of the Red Cross in the Americas, to ensure that your staff, volunteers, structures and policies are ready to deliver relevant and sustainable activities, and to influence the humanitarian agenda in your countries.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Your National Societies have shown their ability and capacity to effect change from within the most vulnerable communities in your countries. I am certain that your examples of best practice, the lessons you have learned, and the voices of your beneficiaries will be carried through the discussions you will have over the coming days, and will be reflected in a robust and inspirational Inter-American Framework for Action.

Thank you very much.

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La Fédération internationale des Sociétés de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge constitue, avec ses 190 Sociétés nationales membres, le plus vaste réseau humanitaire du monde. En tant que membres du Mouvement international de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge, nous sommes guidés dans notre travail par sept Principes fondamentaux: humanité, impartialité, neutralité, indépendance, volontariat, unité et universalité.