IFRC President, MR Tadateru Konoé - Prepared remarks International Conference on Nepal’s Reconstruction - Kathmandu, 25 June 2015

Publié: 25 juin 2015

Excellences, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

The Red Cross and Red Crescent has been responding since the ground stopped shaking on 25 April. The Nepal Red Cross was well prepared for this emergency, and within minutes its staff and volunteers worked alongside emergency workers to rescue survivors, deliver first aid, provide life-saving blood and deliver food and water to affected communities.

The Nepal Red Cross was supported in their efforts by the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement with generous contributions from dozens of countries around the world – all ensuring that emergency aid was provided to hundreds of thousands of survivors.

Drawing on local, regional and global capacities, we have assisted more than 36,000 people with health interventions, 430,000 people with emergency shelter, and more than 335,000 people with water and sanitation. In the first phase, the IFRC has appealed for  85 million Swiss francs to meet to commitments, with more to be provided in the months coming from our National Societies worldwide.

Ladies and gentlemen,

We can be proud of the response, but more work remains. There are many thousands of people still living in hard to reach areas at risk of being cut off by the monsoons. As the government has said and with which we believe: recovery must start now. However, even as recovery activities begin in some communities; relief activities must also continue to operate in other communities.  

The Nepal Red Cross, with support from the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, will deliver recovery programmes in a sustainable manner taking into account the severe risks that Nepal continues to face.

To us “build back better”, means “build back safer”. Rebuilding efforts need to be people-centric, and should focus on the needs of the most vulnerable. These efforts should promote a decentralized, participatory approach that makes the best use of local resources and capacities.

The needs of affected communities must drive the recovery process, including the clearly expressed desire to return to work.

Local institutions must be strengthened. The Nepal Red Cross with its national network of chapters and volunteers is a local institution, As an auxiliary to its Government, the Nepal Red Cross has proven itself once again to be a trusted partner.

Our Movement stands ready to continue to work, next to the Nepal Red Cross, with the Government, and for the people of Nepal as they make their way down the difficult road of recovery. This is a road, I myself have travelled with the Japanese Red Cross following my own Country’s road to Recovery after the Great Earthquake and Tsunami four years ago. I truly understand and appreciate the challenges faced by my colleagues here in Nepal.

Finally, by focusing on building the resilience of communities we can make a difference in the coming months and years that will benefit the people of Nepal for generations.

Thank you.