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About Voices to Action

World governments will meet with Red Cross and Red Crescent leaders at an international conference in December 2015 to agree on humanitarian priorities together. Voices to Action will bring community voices into the dialogue, to better define local solutions to humanitarian challenges.

Preventing and responding to violence, risk reduction and access to humanitarian services in conflicts and disasters will be main topics of discussion. You, your community and all citizens of the world are invited to be part of the dialogue.

Tell us how you would face a crisis in your community by exploring the scenarios presented on this portal, for example, a viral outbreak, earthquake or violent event. Answer the questions at the end of your experience and share your voice to inspire others.

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, on behalf of the thousands of communities it serves in 189 countries, will bring yours and your community’s collective voices to its dialogue with world change makers as we agree together on future humanitarian action, to shape a better world.

Disaster risk reduction and resilience

In the last 20 years, disasters have affected 4.4 billion people – more than half of the world’s population! 1.3 million people have been killed; economic losses have totalled over 1.9 trillion US dollars*. Yet communities that prepare for disasters can mitigate losses and recover more quickly. They are more resilient.

Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers play a key role in strengthening community resilience. As members of their communities, they are well placed to anticipate, plan for and respond to disasters that affect their communities. Understanding local risks through local knowledge ensures the development of sustainable and locally adapted solutions, which help communities to adapt to, withstand and recover from disasters and other crises.

Effective disaster risk reduction requires the participation of multiple stakeholders, especially local community members and leaders. Ensuring everyone understands and has a say in the laws, procedures and decisions that affect their safety and exposure to hazards is essential to creating more resilient communities.

In December 2015, the leaders of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement will meet at its International Conference with nearly 200 world governments – the signatories to the Geneva Conventions – to agree on humanitarian action together to 2019.

Disaster risk reduction and resilience will be a main topic of discussion and commitments will be made for joint action – to strengthen the resilience of communities and reduce the impact of hazards, and the associated loss of lives and livelihoods.

Feedback from the Voices to Action website will be shared at the International Conference and help shape dialogue on global and local action. Thanks for sharing your voice.

*Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters

Humanitarian safety and access

Feedback from the Voices to Action website will be shared at the International Conference and help shape dialogue on global and local action. Thanks for sharing your voice.

Humanitarian principles – such as neutrality and impartiality – contribute to the safety of and access to humanitarian workers and aid recipients. These principles have always been challenged, but are even more so today due to the ever growing complexity of crises. This means communities in the heart of conflict zones, or located near contentious borders, sometimes are not granted access to the humanitarian supplies and services which we offer.

In December 2015, the leaders of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement will meet at its International Conference with nearly 200 world governments – the signatories to the Geneva Conventions – to agree on humanitarian action together to 2019.

Preserving peoples’ safety and access to humanitarian services will be a main topic of discussion and commitments will be made for joint action – to ensure vulnerable people can safely access help, and so aid workers can be assured of their safety while serving.

Feedback from the Voices to Action portal will be shared at the International Conference and help shape dialogue on global and local action. Thanks for your sharing your voice.

Preventing and responding to violence

News headlines speak daily of increasing violence in communities. Yet out of the spotlight are the unknown stories of vulnerable people who are victims of violence, such as sexual and gender-based violence, in humanitarian emergencies such as conflicts and natural disasters.

In war and violent situations, hostilities in populous areas repeatedly occur, exposing civilians to the life-threatening effects of armed violence. The complexity of today’s armed conflicts provides several challenges for the application and respect of International Humanitarian Law – a set of rules that seek to limit the effects of armed conflict and protect people. This ranges from how actors classify armed conflicts to the use of new technologies.

During disasters and in their aftermath, violence, including sexual and gender-based violence, increases due to a combination of shocks such as the collapse of protective systems, increased individual and community stress, and the creation of crowded and insecure environments that present opportunities for people to misuse their power.

In December 2015, the leaders of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement will meet at its International Conference with nearly 200 world governments – the signatories to the Geneva Conventions – to agree on humanitarian action together to 2019.

Preventing and responding to violence will be a main topic of discussion and commitments will be made for joint action – to identify gender-based violence prevention and response measures, and to strengthen legal protection for victims of armed conflict, as well as avenues such as community services and education to ensure dignity for all during humanitarian emergencies.

Feedback from the Voices to Action portal will be shared at the International Conference and help shape dialogue on global and local action. Thanks for your sharing your voice.