The Red Cross and Red Crescent has been on the frontline of the humanitarian response to the Syria conflict since it began more than six years ago.

Elhadj As Sy, the Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) visited Syria last week, and will be attending the Brussels Conference on 5 April.

There is no future for Syria without a political resolution to this war. In the past six years, Syria has been brought to the brink of ruin,” he said at the end of his visit to Homs and Damascus. “Hope for the future can only take root when the guns fall silent, and peace becomes the priority of all parties.”

During the conference, Mr Sy will highlight the need for increased investment in measures designed to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable communities.

This crisis remains, first and foremost, an acute humanitarian emergency,” said Mr Sy. “However, whenever we can, we also need to do a better job of supporting people to become stronger and more resilient. There are examples of this being done, but it’s not enough – we need to bring these efforts to scale.”

IFRC is the world’s largest humanitarian network comprising 190 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies working to save lives and promote dignity around the world.

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