On 17-18 September, the Secretary General participated in an IFRC-convened partnership meeting in Tunis, Tunisia, looking at the escalating migration crisis in and around the Mediterranean. The meeting brought together leaders from across the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, as well as representatives from governments, UN agencies and humanitarian partners, to look at how the humanitarian response to the crisis could be improved through great coordination and collaboration.

Speaking at the opening of the meeting, Secretary General As Sy, emphasized how the situation in Europe was interlinked with situations of conflict, disaster and deprivation in other parts of the world.

“We can run a direct line from the train station in Germany, the crowded country lanes in Austria, and the panicked and chaotic border in Hungary, to the violence and deprivation of Homs, and the endemic poverty and insecurity of Afghanistan,” he said. “We can run a direct line from the shores of Greece and the capsized boat drifting in the Mediterranean, to the chaos of Libya, the lack of hope of communities beaten down by years of failed rains in the Sahel, by the prolonged suffering of Somalia. Those reflect the global challenges we have to address today.”

Mr Sy also launched the IFRC’s global advocacy campaign “Protect Humanity – Stop Indifference” which seeks to foster solidarity and empathy for these vulnerable people in their countries of origin, and at points of transit and destination, and call for their protection.

Learn more about the IFRC campaign