Red Cross and Red Crescent leaders in the Mediterranean have reaffirmed their commitments embodied in the Sarajevo Declaration, which set out their priorities across the region for the coming four years.

By fostering the dialogue among the Mediterranean National Societies and responding to the common humanitarian challenges, the Declaration reflects as key priorities: Migration, Social Inclusion, Raising awareness on Trafficking in Human Beings, Youth Engagement, Women’s leadership, and Climate Change.

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

“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.”