IFRC Asia Pacific conference concludes with ‘The Beijing Call for Innovation’

Publié: 24 octobre 2014 18:11 CET

‘The world is changing at a pace that we have never seen before and at the same time our world is ever more interconnected, creating new opportunities for solidarity but also new and more complex threats. How we adapt to this pace of change will be key to the future of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.’ This was the rationale framing ‘The Beijing Call for Innovation’, the final outcome document of the International federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent’s (IFRC) Asia Pacific regional conference, which concluded today in Beijing. 

The ‘Beijing Call for Innovation’, calls on the IFRC in Asia Pacific and Middle East to commit to embracing innovative attitudes, technologies, approaches while building partnerships to increase their reach as well as improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their work on behalf of vulnerable people.

Conference delegates agreed on 10 key action points to guide the IFRC’s humanitarian action in the coming years, including a commitment to establish a Red Cross Red Crescent Innovation Fund to pilot new and creative ways to work with communities through peer support platforms.

Delegates also called for the strengthening of volunteer systems and promotion of volunteer led initiatives as well as a greater focus on addressing the risks brought about by climate change, urbanization, non-communicable and communicable diseases by continuing to invest in community resilience programming. The Beijing Call for Innovation also stressed the importance of focusing on the innovative use of all forms of media and communications technology in order to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

The leadership of Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies committed to leveraging their auxiliary status with Government partners and developing more meaningful relationships with diverse domestic and international partners. They recognised the need to move towards financial self-reliance by strengthening their domestic resource mobilization capacity in order to improve their ability to provide relevant and sus­tainable services.