Red Cross Review meeting kicks off


Sakun Joshi,

29 September, Kavre

A two-day annual review meeting of Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) starts today at the National Training Center of NRCS, Banepa with the objective of evaluating the activities carried out throughout the year 2017/2018 and making the future plan adopting global trends and strategies in the humanitarian movement. The meeting was attended by NRCS Central Executive Committee (CEC) members, the representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC),  International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Partner National Societies (PNSs) and NRCS staffs totaling 63 participants gathered together to make NRCS a better “Think Tank”.

In the opening ceremony of the Meeting, NRCS Chairman Sanjeev Thapa highlighted on the overall progress and the strategic directions of the Society. He stressed on the collaborative manner of NRCS in working for building resilient communities and said, “NRCS worked in a collaborated manner during the hard time in the country” and shed light on the organizational structure of the Society, since NRCS has organizational function across the country.

NRCS Secretary General Dev Ratna Dhakhwa highlighted on the objectives of the Meeting and stated, “We have recommendations from different national and international fora and NRCS will adapt them for the betterment of the vulnerable communities”.

IFRC Head of Country Office Juja Kim focused on the consistent integrated approach of NRCS with a good model for reducing vulnerability. She claims that NRCS has been a successful National Society to implement all programmes effectively despite of the diverse geo-political situation. Focusing on the effective working modality, she stated, “Red Cross is given a mandate to reduce vulnerability” and further said, “We have to adopt new strategies to become a young dynamic Red Cross.”

Paramesh Poudel from ICRC highlighted current ICRC priorities-the concern of missing, transitional justice and safer access of humanitarian service and volunteers. Mukesh Sing from Australian Red Cross communicated that all the PNSs are very happy with NRCS for accomplishing Earthquake Response Operation (ERO) after 2015 earthquake.

The meeting will be continued for two days.