Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies of Europe and Central Asia commit to implementing the Florence Call for Action

Remember the promises we made in Florence in 2014?

When we signed up to the Florence Call for Action we committed to bring novel ideas and new approaches to the three main areas of our work: Migration, Social Aspects and Volunteering.

In the lead up to the 10th European Regional Conference (2018) the Implementation Support Group (ISG) has created this platform to remind the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in the Europe Region to revise and take further action on the commitments made back then.

Be inspired to do more and do better by hanging up the posters, watching the videos and learning what other National Societies are doing in the three main areas of the Florence Call. 

Scroll down and think again what more can be done to keep to our promises!

To support the work of the ISG please fill in and submit/return the Act Differently form below. The feedback we receive is continuously updated on this site. 

The Florence Call to Action

Set of commitments made by the 54 National Societies in the Europe Region to find new solutions to the long-term humanitarian impact of the economic crisis in Europe. The promises were made at the end of the 9th European Regional Conference, Florence, Italy (3-6 June 2014) and were captured in the Florence Call for Action document.  For more details download the posters and the 2-page flyers available on this site.

The Implementation Support Group (ISG)

Ten-member group (formerly eleven) established by the Europe Conference Planning Committee of the 9th European Regional Conference.The ISG provides support to the implementation process of the Florence Call for Action and monitors the implementation of activities that stem from it. The membership reflects the make-up of the National Societies involved in the preparations of the regional conference of 2014: Finnish Red Cross, the Netherlands Red Cross, Austrian Red Cross, Turkish Red Crescent Society, Spanish Red Cross, The Red Cross of Serbia, Red Cross of Montenegro and Red Crescent Society of Tajikistan and two IFRC staff members.

Act Differently sheet

Form/questionnaire developed by the ISG towards supporting and monitoring the implementation process of the Florence Call for Action. The National Societies are required to highlight a maximum of three new activities related to the topics of Migration, Social Aspects and Volunteering that were initiated after the 9th European Regional Conference.

Two page flyer

Two-page document providing a brief insight into each of the three different topics of the Florence Call for Action, highlighting cases studies and recommending concrete actions.

Poster

Four posters  – one generic poster and three focusing on the three different topics of the Florence Call for Action – capturing the essence of the Call in a simplified text.

Train of Humanity targeting health of labourers rolls across Central Asia

Train of Humanity targeting health of labourers rolls across Central Asia

For 20 years, more than a million Tajik families have been relying on income from loved ones who head to Russian and Kazakhstan for seasonal work.

Domestic abuse survivors find solace and support in Hungary

Domestic abuse survivors find solace and support in Hungary

Survivors of domestic abuse in Budapest are being offered support to share experiences, rebuild confidence and access their rights by the Hungarian Red Cross.

Red Cross scheme in Spain helps young people climb the career ladder

Red Cross support for single mum helps family access rights

Helena was struggling to make ends meet but received legal support from the Portuguese Red Cross to secure a monthly allowance from the father of her teenage daughter.

National Society feedback

In support of the implementation and monitoring process of the Florence Call for Action please take a few moments to tell us about some of the activities you are undertaking as part of your commitment to Act Differently with regards the topic of Migration, Social Aspects and Volunteering. The Act Differently form can be filled online or in the Word document also available here.

Please click on the video link below and watch Emilie Goller, member of the ISG, explain in more detail the kind of feedback the ISG is seeking.

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Florence Call for Action: Download

2015 Newsletter: Download