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Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies are auxiliaries to the public authorities in the humanitarian field. They have a special responsibility to support their authorities to develop policies that protect vulnerable people, particularly from disasters and crises. The IFRC serves as their representative in global and regional policy fora, working closely with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

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The Philippine Red Cross supports the government's COVID-19 vaccine rollout in 2021

COVID-19 recovery and vaccine equity

No one is safe until everyone is safe. We call for donors and governments to ensure equitable COVID-19 recovery efforts, particularly in the global and national distribution of vaccines.

A man in Tangail, Bangladesh looks out at the land near his house which was severely flooded in August 2020, damaging his livestock and home and forcing him and his family to live in a boat

Climate crisis

 

Climate change is not only a threat to the future of our planet, it is already driving humanitarian crises around the world. We are calling for urgent action to save lives now and in the years to come.

A woman carries her child aboard Mediterranean search and rescue vessel Responder in October 2016. International Red Cross teams worked tirelessly to provide people rescued at sea with medical support, blankets, food and water.

Supporting people on the move

Around the world, migrants and displaced persons are facing unacceptable risks to their lives, health and dignity.

Dr Anita Mtongo speaks to a woman about her health needs at a local health centre in Binza Meteo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as part of a volunteering shift with the DRC Red Cross

Community focus for global health risks

Community-level health volunteers and activities are vital to addressing the most pressing global health risks.

Red Cross volunteers distribute relief supplies in the northern part of Tanna island, Greenhill village, Vanuatu following Cyclone Pam in March 2015

Disaster law

Well-designed laws and policies are among the strongest tools in fighting disasters and adapting to climate change.

A family in Tonga receives relief items from the Tonga Red Cross following Tropical Cyclone Gita in 2018

Localization

We believe in local action for global good. Our National Societies are trusted, locally-led organizations reaching people others cannot.

Online course in humanitarian diplomacy

In partnership with the DiploFoundation, the IFRC offers a fully virtual course on humanitarian diplomacy—open to any interested humanitarian staff or volunteers.

The course is based on decades of Red Cross and Red Crescent experience, knowledge and insight and helps participants to:

The course lasts for 13 weeks, with 7-10 study hours per week, and costs 990 euros. A number of discounts are available for applicants from developing countries who work or volunteer for their local Red Cross or Red Crescent Society.

The next course begins on 12 September 2022. Those interested must apply before 29 August 2022. For more information, visit the DiploFoundation website.

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