Global Management Meeting 2015: IFRC top managers discuss strengthening RCRC role amid rising humanitarian challenges

Publicado: 4 septiembre 2015 23:16 CET

By Soraya Dali-Balta, IFRC

More than 100 managers from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) convened at the Global Management Meeting in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, between 1 and 3 September 2015 to address rising trends and challenges on the humanitarian scene, and to discuss means to increase support to Red Cross and Red Crescent societies in responding to the needs of the most vulnerable communities around the world.

Hosted by the International Humanitarian City (IHC) in Dubai, the talks kicked off on the morning of Tuesday, 1 September, 2015 in the presence of the CEO of the IHC, Her Excellency Ms Shaima Al Zarooni, representing Her Royal Highness Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, IHC Chairperson, and His Excellency Mr Mohammed Al Hajj Al Zarouni, the General Manager of the Dubai branch of the Emirates Red Crescent Authority. Participants from the IFRC included top managers coming from the Secretariat headquarters in Geneva, regional delegations in the Middle East and North Africa, the Americas, Africa, Europe and Asia-Pacific, in addition to Federation regional and country delegates spread across the globe.

In his opening speech, the Secretary General of the IFRC, Mr Elhadj As Sy, said: “We are united here today to help people affected by all kinds of shocks.”

“We are here to deepen our understanding of all problems we face and to discuss what the solutions might be,” Mr As Sy added.

Over three days, participants at the meeting discussed internal matters related to the IFRC Plan and Budget 2016-2020, current campaigns and initiatives, the upcoming Statutory Meetings and International Conference, and cooperation within the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement with the participation of Mr Yves Daccord, the Director General of the International Committee of the Red Cross. The conferees also debated means to increase and strengthen support to all Red Cross and Red Crescent societies in the world, particularly those in crises and disaster-hit countries.

Talks on the third day, meanwhile, focused on the importance of building partnerships in the humanitarian world to strongly and effectively consolidate the response of all agencies and organizations, as well as governments and other stakeholders, to protracted and newly emerging crises.

“We need partnerships to complement one another. No one can do it alone,” Mr As Sy stressed.

The last session on partnerships in the humanitarian world featured participants from the UAE Ministry of International Cooperation and Development, UNICEF, the African Union Commission, Airbus Corporate Foundation, and the Institute of West-Asian and African Studies. The session was moderated by Al Jazeera network’s journalist, Mr Omar Al Saleh.

The Global Management Meeting concluded after three days of intensive discussions with a visit to the International Humanitarian City, the largest logistic hub for humanitarian services in the world, which is also home to the offices and warehouses of IFRC’s Global Logistics Service.