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20 May 2016

The outcome of the 32nd International Conference

More than 2,300 people attended the 32nd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in December 2015. They included representatives of 169 States and 183 National Societies, and of 102 other humanitarian actors and corporate partners. In all, 10 resolutions were adopted and 215 pledges registered.

Participants agreed upon various measures to address the most pressing humanitarian challenges: safeguarding the provision of health care; preventing and responding to sexual and gender-based violence; protecting volunteers; and strengthening disaster law. For more information on the results of the International Conference, please check here.

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16 December 2015

Humanitarian dialogue at the International Conference

Liberia blog tapor

The International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent explored new way of working on today's most pressing humanitarian challenges through the humanitarian dialogue in Geneva (8-10 December 2015). It aimed to developing ideas, solutions and actions to address the most pressing challenges in a creative, collaborative and interactive format. These sessions were built on the outcomes gathered through Voices to Action.

Ideas generated during the Humanitarian dialogue will be turned into actions up to the next International Conference in 2019 and beyond.

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15 December 2015

Humanitarian dialogue on migration: “Talk about migrants as people, stop talking about migration as a problem.”

Red Cross and Red Crescent members, States’ representatives and broader humanitarian and private sector’s members discussed migration at the humanitarian dialogue at the 32nd International Conference in Geneva (8-10 December 2015).
(Eva Prieto Hidalgo/Geneva/2015)

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15 December 2015

Humanitarian dialogue on disaster risk and climate change: “We are not ready for all the disasters that are going to be happening in urban areas.”

Red Cross and Red Crescent members, States’ representatives and broader humanitarian and private sector’s members discussed disaster risk and climate change at the humanitarian dialogue at the 32nd International Conference in Geneva (8-10 December 2015).
(Eva Prieto Hidalgo/Geneva/2015)

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15 December 2015

Humanitarian dialogue on insecure environment: “We should take time to understand what the aspirations are of the communities we are working with”

Red Cross and Red Crescent members, States’ representatives and broader humanitarian and private sector’s members discussed humanitarian challenges in insecure environments at the humanitarian dialogue at the 32nd International Conference in Geneva (8-10 December 2015).
(Eva Prieto Hidalgo/Geneva/2015)

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15 December 2015

Humanitarian dialogue on community centered resilient health systems: “It’s important to have strong and concrete partnerships with all stakeholders working in health”

Red Cross and Red Crescent members, States’ representatives and broader humanitarian and private sector’s members discussed community-centred resilient health and care at the humanitarian dialogue at the 32nd International Conference in Geneva (8-10 December 2015).
(Eva Prieto Hidalgo/Geneva/2015)

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7 December 2015

Communities facing huge challenges due to river erosion.

On the 2 and 3 November 2015, more than 60 participants from Rangpur got together to discuss challenges facing local communities and debate solutions to them. : River erosion continues in cyclic orders ; regular floods ; lack of own land; lack of safe drinking water ; non-availability of health services and facilities nearby ; mothers & child health ; waterborne diseases and cold related diseases ; bad roads; lack of raised house plinth; lack of education; child labour ; child marriage, dowry system; weakening of family and social bondage; migration to big cities; unemployment; illiteracy; poor sanitation are some of the challenges identified by the participants.

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7 December 2015

Migration and violence, major challenges for communities in Honduras.

In Honduras, local humanitarian challenges identified by the participants of the second ‘humanitarian hub’ event were the situation of violence and insecurity, stemming from the fear of the spread of HIV and the perils faced by migrants.

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7 December 2015

Voices from Beirut: Communities discussing how to face the challenge of living in insecure environment.

On 4 and 5 November 2015, more than 70 people from different Lebanese regions gathered in Beirut to discuss challenges facing local communities and debate solutions to them. Mayors, university professors and schoolteachers, agricultural cooperatives, social activists, members of municipality unions, Lebanese Red Cross volunteers and citizens who benefitted from the Red Cross’ assistance, all put their differences aside and came together to discuss social, economic and humanitarian concerns on the Lebanese scene, guided by the seven Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

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08 November 2015

Voices from Beirut: Violence, education and health identified as the most important challenges

Community members from across Lebanon gathered for the last Voices to Action humanitarian hub, to discuss their most pressing needs and challenges, as well as local ideas and possible solutions.

The two-day hub was well-attended, with citizen’s young and old coming together in Beirut to share their voices and recommendations for concrete actions.

“I didn’t know what to expect when I first arrived. But I can honestly say that I was pleasantly surprised. There were so many diverse voices represented,” said Bilal, one of the attendees of the hub and a beneficiary of a Cash for Work programme organized by the Lebanese Red Cross and the ICRC in Tripoli, north Lebanon.

Bilal, like other attendees, raised his concerns and the issues that face his community, such as urban violence.

“I come from an area that saw violence on an almost daily basis for a long time but security isn’t our only challenge here, people get dragged into violence because of lack of jobs and education opportunities,” Bilal added. “We cannot discuss the first issue without tackling the latter.”

Many echoed the comments from Bilal and shared their worries about the security situation in Lebanon, as well as worries around health care, education, job opportunities and environmental problems.

At the end of the two days, all participants felt optimistic.

“It’s really comforting to know that everything we discussed today will be heard by someone who can help in some way,” said Bilal.

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08 November 2015

Make your voice count: Help shape future humanitarian action

Liberia blog tapor

Every day, hundreds of refugees and migrants are forced to flee conflict and violence, seeking safety and security for themselves and their families.

Too often, their routes are dangerous and paved with tragedy.

This year alone, millions have left behind oppressive poverty, economic hardships and their homes in Latin America and Africa, traveling thousands of kilometres across land or sea for the promise of a brighter future. Millions more have escaped brutal conflicts in Syria and Afghanistan.

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is on the front line lending support to vulnerable people on the move.

Help drive better ways to meet growing needs

In just over a month, world governments will meet Red Cross and Red Crescent leaders to discuss the unprecedented scale of humanitarian crises we are witnessing right now.

You can help shape the future of our humanitarian response by telling us what you think people could do, locally and globally, to help tackle crises like these. Add your voice to the discussion today.

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30 October 2015

Our principles in action, humanitarian hub event in Vienna

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06 October 2015

We have no access to safe drinking water, voices from Nimba county

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06 October 2015

Community voices are being heard in Liberia

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29 September 2015

Humanitarian hub event in Honduras

In Honduras, local humanitarian challenges identified by the participants of the second ‘humanitarian hub’ event were the situation of violence and insecurity, stemming from the fear of the spread of HIV and the perils faced by migrants.

Abraham Miguel Salinas Barahoba, from Honduras, has lived with the HIV virus for 18 years. He attended the humanitarian hub event in the hope that his example could be used to educate people in his community on prevention measures.

“The country does not hold prevention as a priority; they give medication but there also needs to be work done on preventing the spread of HIV, especially because there is an increasing number of people in the community contracting the virus,” says Abraham.

Vilma Yaneth Nunez also shared her experience during the hub event, hoping that the story of how she contracted HIV and the reactions that she has faced could serve to help others in the same situation.

“We have a lot of problems in Honduras; at each corner of the street we could face situations of violence or death, or for example, people who have HIV can be refused medicine,” says Vilma.

“Being invited by the Red Cross to this hub event made me feel like I mattered; like I could do something to help and make a difference.”

The discussions, ideas and solutions generated from the hub event in Honduras are part of the Voices to Action initiative, which aims to bring community voices to the 32nd International Conference of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent.

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2 September 2015

Voices from Liberia: “Empower us to find our own solutions”

Liberia blog tapor

Tapor Guey is a young Liberian living the small of town of Goilah, in the east of Liberia. He is also a respected leader in his community.

On Tuesday, Tapor gathered together members of Goilah, to meet with the Liberia Red Cross Society and representatives from the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and discuss the main challenges that their community is facing.

“We have no safe drinking water and latrines. We have no place to keep our cattle and have difficulties in producing our own food,” says Tapor.

On top of limited access to safe drinking water and sanitation, Tapor also noted that malaria and child mortality are additional challenges in the community

These discussions will feed into the first “humanitarian hub” event in Liberia, part of the global Voices to Action initiative that aims to gather voices and grassroots solutions to humanitarian challenges.

“We have ideas and solutions to cope with our issues,” said Tapor. “Our message to the world government and Red Cross and Red Crescent leaders is to empower us – give us training, give us tools, give us knowledge, and we will find solutions to our problems within the community.”

Members of Goilah will join the discussions at the hub event this week, along with representatives from other local communities, volunteers, and government officials. The focus will be on a identifying local needs and collaborating on community-driven solutions.

Learn more about Voices to Action.

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1 September 2015

Local ideas sought to global challenges

How would you face an earthquake, a viral outbreak or a violent event?

Voices to Action, a new initiative from the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, aims to bring attention to the humanitarian crises that millions face every day, and gather insight on how prepared people feel to tackle local and global challenges.

Visitors can experience real-life scenarios that people face during a natural disaster, health emergency and / or a violent event, and make decisions on how they would respond.

They will also be asked a series of questions, such as “If there was a viral outbreak in your town, what would worry you the most?” and then invited to give their thoughts and ideas on how humanitarian challenges could be addressed.

Responses will be gathered and presented at the 32nd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in December, where world governments and Red Cross and Red Crescent leaders will meet to discuss future humanitarian action.

Be part of the discussion on humanitarian challenges.

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1 September 2015

Strengthening community resilience

In the last 20 years, disasters have affected 4.4 billion people – that’s more than half of the world’s population!

To help communities prepare for, withstand and recover from disasters and other crises, starts with an understanding of local risks through local knowledge.

So join the discussion.

What do you & your family need so your community is better prepared for future humanitarian challenges?