IFRC Secretary General concludes visit to China and Mongolia

Published: 1 October 2016

Beijing/Geneva–1 October 2016. The Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Elhadj As Sy, has reiterated the commitment of the IFRC to strengthen cooperation with the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) in the face of growing humanitarian needs worldwide.

Mr Sy praised RCSC for the efforts it has made to bolster its capacity to respond to natural disasters and other crises, as well as to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable communities across China. He highlighted the growing role that RCSC is playing in the region, and encouraged its leaders to take a more active role in supporting the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network.

“There are unprecedented humanitarian challenges in the world today. Tremendous efforts are needed to respond to the needs of people who are suffering. I am hopeful that, through our strengthened partnership with the Red Cross Society of China we will be able to do more and better,” said Mr Sy in a speech to RCSC staff and volunteers. He also emphasized the important contributions of RCSC to international disaster response in recent years, including the Nepal earthquake last year, where its emergency response teams provided crucial aid in affected communities.

During his visit, Mr Sy met with RCSC President, Chen Zhu, along with other Red Cross leaders, including Mr Wang Ping, Secretary General and Vice President of RCSC. Mr Sy also met with leaders of various other key humanitarian organizations and groups such as the China Network for International Exchanges (CINE) and key UN agencies in the country. In Tianjin city, he visited the Red Cross Integrated Community Resilience Programme and met with young volunteers organizing the Youth as Agents for Behaviour Change (YABC) programme at the local Red Cross branch.

Before arriving in Beijing, Mr Sy visited Mongolia where he took part in the Mongolian Red Cross Society’s (MRCS) annual partnership meeting and held working sessions with senior Red Cross and government officials, including Mr Enkhbold Nyamaa and Ms Bolormaa Nordov, MRCS President and Secretary General respectively, as well as H.E. Mr Erdenebat Jargaltulga, the Prime Minister of Mongolia, H.E. Mr. Khurelsukh Ukhnaa, the Deputy Prime Minister, and H.E. Enkhbold Miyegombo, the Chairman of the Mongolian Parliament.

Mr Sy praised MRCS for its response to recent disasters, as well as for its efforts to expand its presence and programmes in response to new and emerging humanitarian needs across the country. He joined local Red Cross staff and volunteers in launching the “One Billion Coalition for Resilience” in Mongolia, a global initiative that aims to strengthen the resilience of one billion people by the end of 2025.

For further information contact:

In Beijing:

Hler Gudjonsson, communications delegate for East Asia, IFRC

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In Kuala Lumpur:

Patrick Fuller, communications manager, Asia Pacific, IFRC

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In Geneva

Benoit Carpentier, Team leader, public communications, IFRC

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The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest volunteer-based humanitarian network, reaching 150 mil­lion people each year through its 190 member National Societies. Together, the IFRC acts before, during and after disasters and health emergencies to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people. It does so with impartiality as to nationality, race, gender, religious beliefs, class and political opinions.