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19 Nov 2018 description

Los miembros del parlamento cumplen una labor decisiva a la hora de asegurar que el derecho internacional humanitario (DIH) se aplique adecuadamente en el marco del sistema jurídico nacional. Los parlamentarios desempeñan un papel especial en la adaptación de la legislación nacional para dar efecto a las obligaciones internacionales de un Estado. A través de sus responsabilidades de supervisión, los parlamentos y los parlamentarios pueden velar por que las fuerzas militares y de seguridad reciban una formación apropiada en DIH.

16 Nov 2018 description

By Adriano Valentini, Italian Red Cross

30 refugees and asylum seekers participate in a programme that enables them to share knowledge and experience about life in Italy with new arrivals. During the sessions, they study the legal statuses of migrants and refugees, their rights and responsibilities and ways to access services in different regions of Italy.

14 Nov 2018 description

Manila/Geneva, 14 November 2018 – Red Cross and Red Crescent leaders from across Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East committed today to ensuring women make up at least 50 percent of elected and appointed leadership positions within the next four years.

This landmark target is in the “Manila Declaration”, the outcome of the 10th Asia Pacific Red Cross and Red Crescent Regional Conference, which was held 11 to 14 November in the Philippines, and co-hosted by the Philippine Red Cross, and involved more than 300 humanitarian leaders from more than 60 countries.

09 Nov 2018 description

The IFRC’s Minimum standards for protection, gender and inclusion (PGI) in emergencies is now its second edition. This edition is the result of three years of testing, revision and feedback from protection, gender and inclusion (PGI) and sectoral specialists, based on use in the field by Red Cross and Red Crescent staff and volunteers in many different humanitarian operations. In addition to new chapters (such as cash-based interventions), there is a stronger focus on sexual and gender-based violence and disability inclusion.

09 Nov 2018 description

Message from our Regional Director

Despite numerous humanitarian challenges in 2017 in Africa, there were also a number of heart-warming accomplishments. A case in point, was when a local response of Red Crescent teams—and other partners—curbed Somalia's cholera outbreak through the power of local volunteers and shared international expertise. In terms of support to our members, 36 National Societies were able to kick start initiatives that built their capacity through seed grants.

07 Nov 2018 description

The risk of disaster, due to a natural phenomenon, can happen at any time, so Land Rover and the Red Cross are helping people in remote areas to prepare for any emergency.

Such support has never been more important: the World Disaster Report 2018 estimates 134 million people will need humanitarian assistance this year. The report, by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), says challenging terrain, limited infrastructure, conflicts and natural hazards can all make it hard to get help to where it’s needed.

07 Nov 2018 description

Kuala Lumpur / Manila, 7 November 2018 – Red Cross and Red Crescent leaders from 51 countries across Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East will meet in Manila from 11 to 14 November to address some of the most pressing humanitarian challenges in the region.

The 10th Asia Pacific Conference of Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies, co-hosted by the Philippine Red Cross, brings together 300 leaders from 51 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The theme of the conference is engaging local humanitarian action in a fast-changing world.

31 Oct 2018 description
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Governments and aid groups must do more to stop millions being “left behind”.

Millions of people living in crisis may not be receiving the humanitarian assistance they desperately need, a new report from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) warned today.

The 2018 World Disasters Report says that the fact that millions of people are being left out cannot simply be attributed to a lack of funding for humanitarian action.

Elhadj As Sy, IFRC Secretary General, said:

22 Oct 2018 description

During the 12 month reporting period, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) Disaster Law Programme (DLP) continued its work promoting legal preparedness for disasters. Pursuant to the mandates assigned to the IFRC at the 28th, 30th, 31st and 32nd International Conferences of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, the programme focused on supporting National Societies (NSs) to meet the following main goals:

19 Oct 2018 description

Strengthen local action

The gap between global humanitarian needs and available resources is widening. ‘Business as usual’ is not an option; a new approach is required. Investing in local action and local capacity is a key part of the solution.

19 Oct 2018 description

What we do

The IFRC’s Disaster Law Programme assists National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to support their authorities in developing and applying state-of-the-art disaster-related legislation, policies and procedures. We do this in order to make communities safer, to ensure timely and effective humanitarian relief, and to improve the protection of the most vulnerable when faced with crisis.

17 Oct 2018 description

If you knew 20 minutes before that a severe flood or tsunami would occur, what would you do? Early warning systems allow individuals and communities a window of time for fight or flight. For time-critical events such as tsunamis, mudslides and flash floods, the warnings are a trigger to action – to move quickly out of the danger area. For more moderate hazards e.g. street flooding, or slower arriving hurricanes, warnings provide an opportunity to fight to protect your family and property, either by relocation or barrier protection in doorways and windows.

16 Oct 2018 description

Nairobi/Tunis, 16 October 2018—Communities in Africa and in the Middle East are facing some of the most challenging humanitarian conditions of the 21st century. The situation is likely to worsen unless governments review their policies to empower communities and local humanitarian actors to better prepare for and respond to disasters.

15 Oct 2018 description

October 13 marks International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction. This day celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and is an initiative of the United Nations. This year the focus is on the relation of economic loss from disaster to the global gross domestic product (GDP) with a view to reducing such loss.

12 Oct 2018 description

The world’s leading humanitarian and conservation organizations – the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) – are uniting to protect and build resilience among the most at-risk coastal communities on our planet.

11 Oct 2018 description

This guide aims to familiarise parliamentarians with the Movement, particularly the role of the 187 Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies1 (National Societies) throughout the world. A strong and active National Society can do much to assist public authorities at all levels of government in the humanitarian field.

09 Oct 2018 description

Nairobi/Tunis/Geneva, 9 October 2018—Disasters will continue to hamper efforts to achieve sustainable development unless governments do more to anticipate and reduce their risk, warns the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), during the ongoing Africa-Arab Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction in Tunis, Tunisia.

This year, millions of people living in crisis have not been receiving the humanitarian assistance they desperately need—partly due to lack of sufficient investment in disaster and crisis preparedness, as well as resilience-building.

09 Oct 2018 description

Overview

In September, 54,545 eligible refugees and asylum-seekers (26,165 families) received cash assistance in Greece, in 97 locations.

08 Oct 2018 description

Geneva, 8 October 2018 – Climate change is already making emergency response efforts around the world more difficult, more unpredictable and more complex, according to the world’s largest humanitarian network.

This warning from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) coincides with the launch of a UN Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) report that sets out the predicted impacts of both a 1.5°C and a 2.0°C rise in the global average temperature by 2099.