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November 2016

Toluca Declaration

On Tuesday 8 November in Toluca Mexico, a Movement wide migration forum was held and the outcome was a common strategy and ambitious work plan on addressing  with migration in the Americas. The declaration coming out of the forum is comprehensive, bold and lays out the commitment for moving forward.

“It is imperative to implement effective measures in accordance with the Fundamental Principles, international law and the Movement’s Resolutions, in collaboration with authorities and other stakeholders, to guarantee the respect for the rights of migrants along the migration route in transit, in the country of destination and return, strengthening the resilience of migrants and communities,” they stated at the conclusion of the Regional Meeting on the Role of the Red Cross Movement and Migration in the Americas.

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Around the globe

Project happiness

Bangladesh Red Crescent Youth volunteers of Bogra Branch wanted to bring some positive changes in the lives of under-privileged children. So Project Happiness” started its journey to make the children believe that they too belong in society and can make a difference!

Volunteers Support Mental Illness Patients at Red Cross Caring House

When the increasing number of people with mental illness became a serious problem of Central Java Province, the Indonesian Red Cross Solo City branch built “Griya Peduli PMI” (Indonesian Red Cross/PMI Caring House) to accommodate and care for abandoned mental illness patients Read their amazing story.

Youth Partnership promoting non-violence

With limited volunteer action and low advocacy activities by the Viet Nam Red Cross in Da Nang,

the local chapter activated young volunteers to increase its profile and community engagement. Through the ‘Youth as Agents of Behavioural Change (YABC) Peer Educators’ Training they have inspired the youth in promoting non-violence and enhanced their profile in the community.

Violence prevention and response

The state of the world’s children now

UNICEF releasesd State of the World’s Children 2016: A fair chance for every child.

The report says: “Every child has the right to a fair chance in life. But around the world, millions of children are trapped in an intergenerational cycle of disadvantage that endangers their futures – and the future of their societies.”

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Protecting children in the current emergency

Iraq Red Crescent takes action to protect children in the current emergency.

Children on the move

Volunteers in Greece support children on the move.

Humanitarian education

Interested in advocating for the prevention and mitigation of gender-based violence?

Join the next humanitarian education webinar and figure out how to contribute to the international 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, from the 25th of November to the 10th of December, under the theme “From peace in the home to peace in the world: make education safe for all!”. Visit to learn more about the campaign. To share your National Societies’ activities around this global event, kindly send information to Kaisa Laitila at kaisa.laitila@ifrc.org.

ECHO Forum “Education in Emergencies”

On 30 November, ECHO will bring together decision makers, humanitarian experts and practitioners to exchange views and explore new ways to support quality education for crisis-affected children.

Asia-Pacific Regional Humanitarian Education forum

From the  8-11 November, ICRC and Hong Kong Red Cross conducted a learning forum to provide National Societies of the region, educational authorities, ICRC and IFRC a platform to share experiences, ideas and needs around sustainable development,  implementation of EHL, and other humanitarian education programmes for youth.  For more information on the outcomes, please contact Naomi Akamatsu at naomi.akamatsu@ifrc.org

Annual Global Education Cluster Partners’ Meeting

The Global Education Cluster gathered some of the key actors in the area of education in emergencies in Nairobi in November to discuss partner engagement at global and country level, contributions to the humanitarian-development nexus as well as review the cluster performance, accountability and lessons learned.

ICRC workshop “Education and access to education in situations of armed violence”

On the 29 and 30 of November, the ICRC Director of Operations will host a first internal workshop with the objective of considering current ICRC operational approaches in the field of (access to) education, discussing a proposed vision and framework, as well as setting out a number of areas  and specific pieces of work contributing to both operations and policy.

First international YABC Training of Trainers

Supported by the Norwegian Red Cross, the IFRC Secretariat  and the Croatian Red Cross is organising the first international YABC training of trainers from the 15-23 December in Orahovica. If you are an experienced YABC peer educator interested in seizing this opportunity to start or complete your coaching process towards becoming a YABC trainer, kindly send a summary of your experience in facilitating YABC toolkit activities and/or YABC peer educator trainings to charlotte.tocchio@ifrc.org.


IFRC Course: Child protection

This course aims to explore the concept of Child Protection in our work. This is an essential course for Red Cross Red Crescent staff, contractors and volunteers. The course covers three key areas: an overview of Child Protection, Responding and Reporting, and Taking Action

What’s happening in 2016

We are glad to share with you a global calendar of Movement activities. Please update the calendar with regional or global events that your National Society is organizing.  We will be glad to promote the activities.