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Red Cross Red Crescent Mediterranean Conference closes with pledges on migration, youth engagement and climate change

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By Nora Peter, IFRC

Red Cross and Red Crescent leaders in the Mediterranean region have reaffirmed their support for vulnerable migrants along the entire migratory trail, promoted the participation of youth in decision-making, and agreed on strategic actions for climate change adaptation.

These were the main outcomes of the 13th Red Cross Red Crescent Mediterranean Conference, participated by more than 130 humanitarian professionals and volunteers from 21 Mediterranean National Societies and Movement partners, hosted in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The conference adopted the Sarajevo Declaration which set out Red Cross and Red Crescent priorities across the Mediterranean for the coming four years. According to the Declaration, Mediterranean National Societies have identified migration, social inclusion, prevention of trafficking in human beings, youth engagement, gender parity in leadership and climate change as their priorities.

“We have a lot of challenges in common,” said Francesco Rocca, President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). “Now the focus is on migration, but this region is also prone to natural disasters, living the consequences of the climate change. So, it’s very important that we seek, discuss and find common strategies to improve the lives of our communities.”

„It’s the first time our National Society hosted such a large-scale international event,” said Hasan Topalovic, President of the Assembly of the Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina. ”The conference had the spirit of mutual understanding and trust, and we will continue working on the commitments with endurance and dedication.”