Red Cross Red Crescent General Assembly adopts Global Agenda
Source: IFRCRCS, 14 November 2005
session of the General Assembly of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent
Societies in Seoul, Republic of Korea, has ended with the adoption of
a Global Agenda. The Agenda's four goals are meant to contribute to the UN's
Millennium Development Goals. They are: to reduce the deaths, injuries and
impact of disasters on people's lives, improve methods of dealing with public
health crises, combating intolerance and discrimination, and building Red Cross
and Red Crescent capacity at the community level to prepare for and cope with
threats to lives and livelihoods.
"The global agenda will allow the
Federation to build new partnerships and operational alliances. It also calls
for a significant scaling up of Federation activities, especially in the field
of emergency shelter following natural disasters," noted the Federation's
newly-re-elected President, Juan Manuel Suárez del Toro.
number of people affected by disasters, poverty and inequity must be addressed.
Given the scale of the needs, the Federation will continue to develop programmes
at local level. These local programmes are effective thanks to the millions of
Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers working in communities all over the
world," he added. He also stressed that forgotten disasters must also be
remembered and donors should be sensitized to the fact that preparing for
catastrophes and reducing risk saves millions of lives.
Assembly is the International Federation's highest decision-making body. This
year, it brought together some 800 delegates, under the theme "Prepared for the
Future". The Assembly welcomed two new members, the Red Crescent Society of
Comoros and the National Red Cross Society of Timor Leste, bringing the number
of member Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies to 183.
made progress to be better organized, to increase cooperation with our partners.
We have reiterated our commitment to continue strengthening our worldwide
network of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and their community-based
volunteers," said M. Suárez del Toro. "We also need to better support our youth
volunteers and engage them in the decision-making processes - they are the
embodiment of our principles and our future."
The first-ever Henry
Davison, Youth and Volunteer awards were presented to reward outstanding
humanitarian action and service as well as innovative programmes.
General Assembly also made a point of thanking its millions of volunteers,
people around the world, companies and governments which have supported the
Federation's emergency operations over the past year - the support for victims
of natural disasters has been extraordinarily generous in 2005.
General Assembly will be held in Geneva in 2007.
The Geneva-based International Federation
promotes the humanitarian activities of 181 National Red Cross and Red Crescent
Societies among vulnerable people. By coordinating international disaster relief
and encouraging development support, it seeks to prevent and alleviate human
suffering. The Federation, National Societies and the International Committee of
the Red Cross together, constitute the International Red Cross and Red Crescent
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