IFRC, Red Cross and Red Crescent humanitarian experts available for interviews during UNGA and President Obama migration summits

Published: 16 September 2016

This year’s UN General Assembly, and a high-profile side event hosted by President Obama, are giving unprecedented and long overdue attention to the urgent protection and humanitarian needs of people migrating. It is a watershed moment for world leaders to end indifference to the suffering and deaths of migrants and come together to develop a sustainable, humane and managed global approach to large flows of desperate people.

Experts from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and member National Societies are available for interviews, commentary and reaction in New York before, during and after the September 19 UNGA Migration Summit and the September 20 Leaders’ Summit on Refugees:

  • Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General, IFRC
  • Garry Conille, Under Secretary General for Programmes and Operations, IFRC
  • Francesco Rocca, President, Italian Red Cross
  • Hala Mohammed, Vice President, Swedish Red Cross
  • Anders Ladekarl, Secretary General, Danish Red Cross
  • Mehmet Güllüoğlu, Director General, Turkish Red Crescent Society

The IFRC, through its 190 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and 17 million volunteers, comes to the aid of hundreds of thousands of migrants every year in countries of origin, transit and destination. Our teams focus on:

  • Life-saving aid—medical care, food, shelter and other assistance to people in flight.
  • Psychological needs—care for people traumatized during their journey to safety.
  • Preventing deaths at sea—IFRC and partners run two search and rescue boats in the Mediterranean that rescue migrants making unsafe sea journeys to Europe
  • Reliable information—because accurate information saves lives, IFRC just launched virtualvolunteer.org, a web application that provides trustworthy, timely and practical information to keep migrants safe and link them to help on the ground.
  • Combating xenophobia—supporting programmes along migration routes that build trust and understanding and tackle the toxic narrative around migration.

For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Benoit Matsha-Carpentier: +41 79 213 24 13 / benoit.carpentier@ifrc.org

Melissa Winkler: +1 646 734 0305 / +41 79 503 7553 / melissa.winkler@ifrc.org