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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.
Laurent Gisel & Lukasz Olejnik
ICRC Statement to the United Nations Security Council Open Debateon "Maintenance of International Peace and Security: Strengthening Multilateralism and the Role of the United Nations" delivered by Robert Mardini, Permanent Observer to the UN and Head of Delegation, ICRC New York
The ICRC warmly welcomes this debate on Strengthening Multilateralism and the Role of the United Nations. We know from our humanitarian work in armed conflicts around the world how cooperation between States is of critical importance in the maintenance of international peace and security.
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.
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.
Le Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (CICR) est partenaire institutionnel du Forum de Paris sur la Paix (11-13 novembre) créé dans le cadre du centenaire de la fin de la première guerre mondiale. Le Vice-président du CICR, Gilles Carbonnier, représentera l’institution aux différentes étapes des commémorations.
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.
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.
The Climate Centre this week represented the IFRC at a workshop in Geneva aimed at helping the farm sector globally promote climate resilience.
CGTN Interview of Jo Burton, Cash Transfers & Markets Specialist with the ICRC.
Cash transfers have become an increasingly important method of helping those displaced in armed conflict to fight against poverty and recover their livelihood.
Money is the main means of survival for most people around the world. In armed conflict, having cash to buy essential goods can mean the difference between life and death for people suffering the effects of war. Cash transfer programming (CTP) has become an essential tool of humanitarian actions of the ICRC with clear benefits in certain situations.
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:
Statement by the ICRC at the United Nations General Assembly, 73rd session, Third Committee, agenda item 74(b)
As part of a global network, Red Cross and Red Crescent teams have long delivered humanitarian relief to migrants around the world—most recently providing first aid, water, and family reconnection services to thousands walking through Central America. Here at home, the American Red Cross helps migrants in a number of ways, including responding to requests for services and support from government authorities and other nonprofits assisting the needs of migrants.
Le Secrétariat d’État aux migrations (SEM) et la CRS ont tiré le 25 octobre 2018 un bilan positif de leur projet pilote commun SESAME, qui a permis à plusieurs centaines de personnes relevant du domaine migratoire de suivre une formation en soins infirmiers et de trouver un emploi dans ce secteur. Parmi elles figurent de nombreux réfugiés et personnes admises à titre provisoire.
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:
Dubai (ICRC) – More than 120 senior military officers from over 80 countries will participate in the Senior Workshop on International Rules governing Military Operations (SWIRMO) jointly hosted by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Defense, in Abu Dhabi, from 20 to 25 October. It is the first time the SWIRMO will be held in the Middle East, with classes held in Arabic.
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.