Theme: Humanitarian diplomacy
Today South Africa marks Women’s Day. Much like the women being commemorated for the march to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956, women in southern Africa today may well hold the same flint that lights a “new movement” – climate change. Southern Africa is one of the regions projected to experience the most serious consequences of global warning and the El Niño effect. In 2019, we experienced one of the worst disasters the region has ever seen – Cyclone Idai ravaged communities in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe and continue to rebuild their lives.
This week, representatives from the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, including nineteen National Societies, have joined senior-level government delegations and experts at the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR 2018) to exchange experience and chart the way forward to build resilience and reduce disaster risk across the Asia region.
Community health workers play a critical role in meeting health needs and in contributing to stronger national health systems all over the world, including in countries in crises. Without them, we will never reach universal health coverage. It is tim …
Baghdad, 18 April 2018 – Red Cross and Red Crescent leaders from across the Middle East and North Africa gather today in Baghdad to discuss the region’s escalating humanitarian crises. More than 140 attendees, including representatives from 16 National …
Grab and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) today announced a partnership to raise additional funds for supporting vulnerable communities, including those affected by disasters.
Local actors are always the first to respond. In Nepal, local volunteers and emergency workers were responding even as the dust from the earthquake still hung in the air. In West Africa, well before the world woke up to the true nature of the Ebola threat, local health workers and affected communities were treating and isolating the sick and burying the dead.
This policy brief sets out the IFRC’s position and recommendations for the new Global Compact on Refugees to be negotiated in 2018.
For many people, the word “humanitarian” conjures up a globe-trotting foreigner swooping in to a country afflicted by the crisis and saving the day. However, this image is far from the reality on the ground.
The IFRC is calling for action on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable people.
The IFRC welcomes the commitments expressed by UN member states in the New York Declaration for refugees and migrants to respect and protect the safety, dignity and rights of migrants and refugees. We hope now to see the development of a Global Compact …