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The Sound of Human Power Rising Up from Antalya

General Assembly Meeting of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies organized between November 5 and 11, 2017 hosted by the Turkish Red Crescent has now started in Antalya with participation of around 2000 delegates from 189 countries.
General Assembly of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the world’s largest humanitarian aid organization, convened in Antalya, hosted by the Red Crescent. Dr. Kerem Kinik, the President of Red Crescent, Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General IFRC and Balthasar Staehelin, Deputy Director General ICRC organized a press meeting prior to General Assembly.
“We are to address 2030 strategy for humanitarian aid with 2000 delegates”
Dr. Kerem Kinik, the President of Red Crescent, mentioned that the humanity was passing through an agonized period due to wars and humanitarian crises all over the world and added “Thousands of charity volunteers in humanitarian aid sector that we call ‘good hands’ are working hand by hand to end these sufferings. However, our efforts are not simply large enough to end these sufferings. Our movement’s vision is not leave behind a single person. We do our best to create a bigger cooperation as governments and organizations. We will address the 2030 strategy for humanitarian aid with 2000 delegates from 189 countries. All the Good Hands around the world are right here. We convened with an agenda of charity with a record-breaking number of participants. We are speaking up on behalf of humanity. And we are more than proud to give out a sound from Turkey to boost charity power of humanity”.
“Famine is weaponized”
Dr. Kinik stated that they would contemplate on reshaping the humanitarian aid sector during statutory meetings and continued “there are numerous powers that we can utilize for humanity. We can do a great deal of things only if we can act together with these powers. The United Nations’ Security Council has many decisions that prevent the use of famine as weapon. Unfortunately, this structure fails to coordinate. Governments or groups that use famine as weapon target hospitals and humanitarian aid groups. 5 countries in UN make these decisions. We do raise our voices as civilian initiatives. For whom? For 1 billion poor people, for 6 million babies, for 65 million immigrants. Polarized world should accept all these. Even one single innocent cannot be hurt”.
“We are powered by 17 million volunteers”
Citing that the movement was endeavoring to end sufferings of people, to save their lives and their honors above all, Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General IFRC added “There is nothing we can do without volunteerism and our volunteers. We are powered by 17 million volunteers. We will discuss what to do to enhance their durability in early shocks and crises and about immigration during this meeting. Today, our world is facing the largest immigration movement. How can we find solutions without wounding their prides? We will address these matters but we are also open for all kinds of suggestions by participants. Moreover, we will build our 2030 strategy with knowledge our members coming from different parts of the world”.
“Nuclear weapon must be prohibited”
Underlining that the movement would organize its international conference in 2019, Balthasar Staehelin, Deputy Director General ICRC continued “we are proud of our activities because we seek remedies to humans’ agony together with governments. There are wars in Iraq, Syria and Yemen with increasing humanitarian needs. We are not able to deliver aids due to nuclear weapons. Humanitarian law is violated there. We want these weapons banned. There has been an agreement with this regard. We believe all countries will adhere to it”.
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