IFRC strengthens its presence in the Americas

Publié: 2 décembre 2016 20:32 CET

With the visit to Brazil and Chile, of the Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Elhadj As Sy, and the Americas Regional Director of the IFRC, Walter Cotte, agreements with each country were signed with the idea of ​​deepening the action of the Red Cross in the region.

The headquarters agreements are signed with the governments of the states to recognize the legal status of the IFRC as an international organization. In addition, this recognition legitimizes and facilitates the work of the IFRC within the territory of those states, and guarantees the granting of privileges and immunities to the IFRC, its members, its officers and delegates for the execution of their humanitarian work.

"In 24 hours we have signed two status agreements with two major countries in the region to increase our capacity to help people affected by disasters, promote resilience in every level and deepen in the fulfillment of the auxiliary role of National Societies of the Red Cross to their governments ", said Walter Cotte, Americas Regional Director of the IFRC.

" The process of worsening of some situations at the regional level, the increasing impact of disasters as well as the resurgence of diseases that had disappeared from the regional scene and the emergence of new diseases, requires greater capacity from the Red Cross in the region in order to act and support the governments, this is why we are promoting the signatures of these agreements, "said Walter Cotte.

The International Federation has headquarters agreements with more than 80 countries in the world, including 10 in the Americas: Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Peru.