Red Cross National Societies are community-based organizations. Providing support to improve the functioning of local Red Cross institutions, programmes and resulting services, which then have an impact on vulnerable people, is at the heart of the Pacific regional office’s mandate.
Programme activities include:
providing membership services to Red Cross National Societies in Australia, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands (currently in formation), Micronesia, New Zealand,
Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu (currently in formation) and Vanuatu
developing capacities in preparedness and response, including responding to health needs during emergencies
promoting legal preparedness for disasters
providing tailored, integrated and consistent support to National Society self-development
supporting programming that is responsive to community-identified priorities and delivering this through a strong branch and volunteer network that is in touch with the needs of vulnerable people
encouraging young people to play a more active role in leading and participating in their National Societies
developing a distinctive, authoritative and consistent IFRC regional voice that speaks out on behalf of vulnerable people, and which influences and improves policies affecting the vulnerable
improving institutional memory within the membership and the sharing of good practice and lessons learnt
supporting Pacific National Societies to contribute to global and regional policy and strategy dialogue
coordinating the work of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in the region within the IFRC’s mandate
liaising and coordinating with non-Red Cross Red Crescent actors.