By Jel Santos
Over 1,000 delegates would tackle humanitarian concerns in the 2017 Statutory Meetings of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement on Nov. 5 to 11 in Antalya, Turkey.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) official delegation will be led by its chairman, Sen. Richard Gordon.
“The assembly will bring together more than 1,200 delegates, 190 National Societies, IFRC, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and corporate partners to provide an excellent set of goals and discuss several agenda,” PRC said in a statement.
“The event is composed of the general assembly of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and Red Cross and Red Crescent (RCRC). The forum is meant to discuss relevant humanitarian concerns,” it added.
Gordon said that PRC was chosen among the 35 exhibitors to showcase set of humanitarian works domestically, and the support provided by the PRC outside the Philippines including several operations in Nepal, Ghaza and Bangladesh.
PRC is vying this year for reelection as a member of the governing board to represent the Asia Pacific Region.
The 21st General Assembly, according to PRC, is the supreme body of the IFRC that meets every two years to define and discuss new humanitarian policies, as well as address thematic areas of the national societies.
Furthermore, the event also wants to improve movement coordination, cooperation, and response, not only in large-scale emergencies but also in day-to-day situations.
The attendee as well would discuss youth development, volunteering, strengthen recovery and resiliency from disasters and crises, protecting healthcare, respecting the emblems, migration, restoring family links, addressing mental health and psychosocial needs, and the promotion of a culture of non-violence and peace.
Every four years, the IFRC elects a president, four of its vice presidents and 20 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to form its governing board.
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