IFRC and Russia’s Emergency Response Agency to strengthen humanitarian response cooperation and training

Published: 25 October 2016 19:52 CET

Geneva /Moscow, 25 October 2016—The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Russian emergency response agency, EMERCOM, have agreed to boost cooperation in future humanitarian relief operations.

Meeting in Geneva today, Russia’s Minister of Emergency Situations, Vladimir Puchkov, and IFRC Secretary General, Elhadj As Sy, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work jointly to aid populations affected by natural disasters and other crisis situations and to increase local emergency response capacity through advanced training.

The MoU expresses concern about the “increasing number and scale of disasters and crisis situations, resulting in massive loss of life and property, disruptions of life-sustaining environment and human suffering worldwide, especially in developing countries.” It also stresses the “importance of joining efforts of members of the international community to manage natural disasters and catastrophes effectively.”