Humanitarian Diplomacy key for auxiliary relationship

Published: 5 January 2017 6:36 CET

Red Cross National Societies need to ensure they regularly brief public authorities about the auxiliary role of the Red Cross, according to the President of the Marshall Islands Red Cross Society (MIRCS) Dr Alexander Pinano.


Dr Pinano made these comments during a three-day humanitarian diplomacy and advocacy workshop conducted by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).


“We need to have a close relationship with our government in the humanitarian field so we can share information about International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and the Red Cross Movement’s Fundamental Principles to ensure that the Movement can undertake its work in times of disasters and emergencies,” said Dr Pinano.


The interactive workshop used problem solving and group work to help MIRCS identify its key advocacy priorities so it can assist vulnerable people.


And members of the Government who attended agree that collaboration is key.


“This is the opportune time for us to show the collaboration and partnership we have with the Marshall Islands Red Cross Society. We would like to continue supporting Marshall Islands Red Cross as it continues its endeavours in the humanitarian arena,” said Hon Mattlan Zackhras, the Minister in Assistance to the Marshall Islands President.


During the workshop Mr Zackhras also presented MIRCS with a cheque for $60,000USD to help with its operations for 2017.


The workshop was attended by other government officials as well as management, staff and volunteers of MIRCS to reflect the close relationships between these parties in tiny Pacific nations.


Similar workshops have been conducted at the Papua New Guinea Red Cross Society, Solomon Islands Red Cross Society and Tuvalu Red Cross Society.