Strengthening community resilience key to delivering on 2030 commitments, says IFRC

Published: 28 September 2015

New York/ Geneva, 28 September 2015 –  The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has welcomed the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by States at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York.


IFRC Secretary General, Elhadj As Sy, who is in New York for the Summit, pledged the support of the IFRC, its 189 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and its 17 million community-based volunteers to help deliver on the ambitious agenda.


“We are pleased with the emphasis that has been placed on the most vulnerable and marginalized,” Mr Sy said. “We welcome too the strong focus on building and strengthening resilience, recognizing that the risks of disaster, humanitarian crises, and global health epidemics have the potential to reverse hard-won development gains.


“These issues, as well as forced displacement, migration, violence, peace, and human rights and human dignity must be addressed if we are to achieve sustainable development,” he continued. “To concretely deliver on this agenda, it needs to be driven by local action and backed by sufficient resources.”


The IFRC has been engaged in the development of the agenda, and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that underpin it, since the process of framing them began. The IFRC has advocated for greater linkages between humanitarian action and development, and called for greater emphasis on ensuring that development efforts benefit everyone, especially the most isolated, vulnerable and marginalized.


Emphasizing the critical role of National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in implementing the agenda, Mr Sy reiterated their trusted presence within communities through their volunteers which is enhanced by their auxiliary status to public authorities, and complemented by the solidarity and universality of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.


“(This) means they are uniquely placed to drive meaningful and sustainable changes at the community level, by building and strengthening resilience,” he said.


Partnerships will be critical to delivering on the promises of this new global compact. Earlier this year the IFRC announced its intention to form a One Billion Coalition for Resilience. 


“This initiative is our vision of an interconnected world where one billion people, located even in the remotest valley or the smallest island, understand the risks that affect their lives and are able to take action to mitigate those risks and improve their well-being,” Mr Sy said.


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