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Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies are auxiliaries to the public authorities in the humanitarian field. They have a special responsibility to support their authorities to develop policies that protect vulnerable people, particularly from disasters and crises. The IFRC serves as their representative in global and regional policy fora, working closely with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Explore our global advocacy priorities

A man in Tangail, Bangladesh looks out at the land near his house which was severely flooded in August 2020, damaging his livestock and home and forcing him and his family to live in a boat

Climate crisis


Climate change is not only a threat to the future of our planet, it is already driving humanitarian crises around the world. We are calling for urgent action to save lives now and in the years to come.

A woman carries her child aboard Mediterranean search and rescue vessel Responder in October 2016. International Red Cross teams worked tirelessly to provide people rescued at sea with medical support, blankets, food and water.

Supporting people on the move

Around the world, migrants and displaced persons are facing unacceptable risks to their lives, health and dignity.

Dr Anita Mtongo speaks to a woman about her health needs at a local health centre in Binza Meteo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as part of a volunteering shift with the DRC Red Cross

Community focus for global health risks

Community-level health volunteers and activities are vital to addressing the most pressing global health risks.

Red Cross volunteers distribute relief supplies in the northern part of Tanna island, Greenhill village, Vanuatu following Cyclone Pam in March 2015

Disaster law

Well-designed laws and policies are among the strongest tools in fighting disasters and adapting to climate change.

A family in Tonga receives relief items from the Tonga Red Cross following Tropical Cyclone Gita in 2018


We believe in local action for global good. Our National Societies are trusted, locally-led organizations reaching people others cannot.

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