Red Cross Planning Meeting Started in Kathmandu
Dibya Raj Poudel
Joint Secretary of Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration (MoFAGA) Mr. Suresh Adhikari has said that the Red Cross's auxiliary role in humanitarian sectors is helping to reduce vulnerability in Nepal addressing the inaugural function of the Planning Partnership Meeting organized today by Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) in Kathmandu in collaboration with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the ICRC under the theme “Thinking together, planning together and working together." this organized by Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS). He added “Humanitarian works of the Red Cross Movement helps to achieve the theme; prosperous Nepal- Happy Nepali.” The two-day meeting is chaired by NRCS chairman Mr. Sanjeev Thapa. He said "NRCS is organizing such meeting in every 2 years and getting invaluable support from the partners with positive attitude. This is a process for thinking as partner, planning as partner and working as partner."
Martin Faller, Deputy Director of IFRC Asia Pacific Regional Office highlighted that knowledge and experience gathered in the meeting would help to get shared leadership and partnership renewal.
Representatives from the 18 different country's Red Cross Red Crescent Societies are taking part in the Planning Meeting. Also, there is participation of representatives from Nepal Government, IFRC, International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), academia and the United Nations agencies in Nepal.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Nepal Red Cross Secretary General Dev Ratna Dhakhwa said, " Red Cross activities in Nepal are well-matching with priorities of context of Nepal and Nepal Government's priorities." UN Resident Coordinator for Nepal Ms Valerie Julliand said that collaborative role demonstrated here showed that the Red Cross is a trusted worker and partner. The volunteers of the Red Cross are working in the ground and that was the strength of the Red Cross. Mr. Andre Paquet, Head of Mission of ICRC in Nepal stressed the need of strengthening legal base of Nepal Red Cross.
In the second session, the Meeting continued with a panel discussion and got a critical analysis and reviews of existing humanitarian situation and operational challenges as well as opportunities in Nepal. Douglas MacDonald, Head of Asian region of Canadian Red Cross, Dr. Ram Thapaliya from ICMS, Mr. Laxman Dutta Pant from Media Action along with representatives of Red Cross Movement contributed to the discussion.
The meeting will recommend possible steps for better humanitarian services in Nepal with shared leadership modality.