NRCS to attend statutorty meet in Turkey

NRCS to attend statutorty meet in Turkey

Dibya Raj Poudel

The 2017 Statutory Meetings of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) starts tomorrow in Antalya,Turkey.

The programme include the 21st session of the General Assembly (GA) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Movement components forum,  meeting of Council of Delegates are taking place from 6 to 11 November 2017 in Turkey.

The General Assembly is the supreme body of the IFRC. It involves delegates from all 190 recognized National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and meets every two years to define the overall policy of the IFRC. The General Assembly addresses thematic areas important to National Societies.

Formal and informal discussions for shaping the future - striving for Excellence towards Strategy 2030 is the main attraction of this time GA. Migration is another important issue. The 2017 Statutory Meetings will include one day for the Movement components to learn from each other, share experiences and discuss, under the overarching theme of futures and innovations.

A five-member team of Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) led by NRCS Chairman Mr. Sanjiv Thapa is representing the statutory meetings. The team has reached in Turkey and started pre assembly functins. Vice Chairman Mr.Ajeet Kumar Sharma, Secretary General Mr.Dev Ratna Dhakhwa, Dy. Secretary General Mr.Hari Prasad Neupane and Head of ERO Mr. Umesh Dhakal are members of Nepal delegation.

A joint opening ceremony for the Council of Delegates and for the IFRC General Assembly will take place on Monday, 6 November 2017.

Nepal Red Cross filed its candidacy for Governance Board member

As per election rule, in  every four years, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) elects a President; four of its five Vice-Presidents, and 20 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to form its Governing Board. The President occupies the highest office of IFRC, and she/he is responsible to the General Assembly for ensuring that IFRC pursues its general purpose and exercises its functions as defined in the Constitution.

Francesco Rocca (Italy), Mohammed Al-Hadid (Jordan), Sven Mollekleiv of Norway and Margareta Wahlström (Sweden) are candidates for president of IFRC for next 4 years. Nepal Red Cross along with National Society of Bahrain, Bangladesh, Fiji, Iran, Iraq, Mongolia, Palestine, Philippines, Republic of Korea and Singapore are candidates for membership of the Governing Board from Asia and Pacific region. Five National Societies receiving the highest number of votes in this region will be elected from that region.

NRCS Secretary General Dev Ratna Dhakhwa Said –"NRCS has submitted its candidacy with a belief that we can built on and contribute significantly for further strengthening IFRC and also be a part in shaping the future of federation based on suggestion of all National Societies."

Important issues in CoD

The major Items for discussion and decision in plenary of Council of Delegates are –

a.      Strengthening Movement Coordination and Cooperation (SMCC) Building

b.      Movement-wide Principles for Resource Mobilization

c.       Movement Call for Action on the humanitarian needs of vulnerable migrants

d.      Working towards the elimination of nuclear weapons

e.      Education: related humanitarian needs

f.        Setting the resilience agenda: Showing leadership in disaster and climate policy

g.      Protecting health care and respecting the emblems: How the Movement can lead the collective effort

h.      Upholding independence, neutrality and impartiality in the face of State responses and public reactions to contemporary global challenges

i.        From words to action: Community engagement & accountability in practice

j.        Waking the Red Giant. Movement communications: Alignment and strategic importance

k.       Use of explosive weapons in populated areas

l.        Addressing mental health and psychosocial needs

m.    Restoring Family Links in the twenty-first century

n.       Health and care

o.      Restoring Family Links strategy development

p.      International humanitarian law

Fundamental Principles and words to action one of most significant agendas in CoD:

There will be systematic discussion on how both public opinion and the adoption and implementation of restrictive policies linked to State security may place constraints on the ability of National Societies to implement their activities in an independent, neutral and impartial manner. Meeting will also focus on three of the most prominent: 1) State policies and public opinion on migration and how the two interrelate; 2) State and UN policies on preventing or countering violent extremism and 3) the Movement's contribution to combating xenophobia and discrimination.

Mr. Umesh Dhakal, Nepal Red Cross representative will be one of the speaker on community engagement & accountability issue. CEA is a key value of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, as reflected in its programmatic approach and several commitments of the ICRC, IFRC and National Societies including the Principles and Rules for Red Cross and Red Crescent Humanitarian Assistance and the IFRC General Assembly Beneficiary Communication decision.

Award function

As tradition, there will be a joint award ceremony on 9 November for the Henry Dunant Medal, the Prize for Peace and Humanity, the Henry Davison Award and the Volunteering and Youth Awards.