IFRC Statement at the International Conference on Ukraine’s Civilian Resilience

Ukrainian Red Cross rapid response teams in Kyiv rush to support people affected by missile attacks in October 2022.

Ukrainian Red Cross rapid response teams in Kyiv rush to support people affected by missile attacks in October 2022.

Photo: Ukrainian Red Cross

Speaker

Secretary General

The Secretary General is the Chief Executive Officer of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and directs the secretariat and our delegations around the world.

This statement was delivered by Philippe Da Costa, President of the French Red Cross, on behalf of the IFRC Secretary General at the International Conference on Ukraine’s Civilian Resilience in Paris on 13 December 2022.

The IFRC welcomes the Governments of France and Ukraine’s joint platform for civilian resilience.

The IFRC is proud of its global, Federation-wide response to this international armed conflict, which includes critical shelter, protection, health services, and cash assistance by 42 National Societies in 30 countries to assist millions of people in Ukraine, and those fleeing to other countries.

In Ukraine, the IFRC is working closely with the Ukrainian Red Cross Society (URCS) and other Movement partners to ensure that our response is coordinated and coherent to deliver locally led, humanitarian assistance as long as it is needed.

To date, the Ukraine Red Cross has faced the highest demands for its services with 220 local branches and more than 8000 volunteers operating across the country.

The Ukrainian Red Cross has a unique mandate and role under the Geneva Conventions during situations of armed conflict to be at the center, as auxiliary to their government in humanitarian assistance.

The IFRC continues to leverage its network and provide direct support to the Ukraine Red Cross Society to deliver humanitarian assistance and build resilience of communities impacted by this crisis, especially as the cold winter has already arrived.

The IFRC calls for greater investment and focused engagement from donors to support communities impacted by this international armed conflict, and beyond.

Thank you.

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