IFRC General Assembly Has Started

08/11/2017 Paylaş:   

Hosted by the Red Crescent and organized in Antalya, opening ceremony of General Assembly of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has been performed with the participation of National Societies’ delegates.
The members of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies convened in Antalya during the General Assembly. Hosted by the President of Red Crescent, Dr. Kerem Kinik, and other Red Crescent executives, General Assembly Meeting’s opening ceremony was performed with the participation of IFRC President Tadateru Konoe, ICRC President Peter Maurer and President of the Prime Ministry’s Disaster and Emergency Management Administration (AFAD), Mehmet Güllüoğlu and Representatives of Turkey to the United Nations, representatives of humanitarian aid organizations as well as a large number of guests.
“We will seek to compete in increasing global influences of our movement”
Expressing their pride in hosting the statutory meetings of the largest humanitarian network that has convened to relieve humanitarian suffering, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, this year, Dr. Kerem Kinik, the President of Red Crescent continued “our meeting coincides with the peak period of humanitarian crises arising from wars since World War II. In this respect, it is of greater importance. During these meetings, we will seek a solution for global humanitarian crises and compete in increasing global influences of our movement”.
“We aim at creating a better world for the humanity”
Mentioning that they would find solutions to global matters, Kinik added “at the same time, we will be doing our best to ensure our movement gets improved and attains a global impact. We aim at creating a better world for the humanity. Humanitarian values must precede political thoughts. We are trying hard especially to win everybody’s trust to demonstrate that we are not being a party. Dispatching aids to troubled regions is critical to us. The power of humanity is the most powerful remedy. Humanistic conscience, which has been remaining silent at global level for a long time, shall find its voice again and we shall not lose our faith as the ‘red family’”
“Trust should not be abused”
Reflecting that the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement had contributed greatly to humanity, Peter Maurer ICRC President added “in today’s world, where trust in organizations is gradually decreasing, we hold a great deal of trust in our hands. In particular, when people look at the emblems of Red Crescent and Red Cross, they see impartial, equal and unbiased humanitarian aid. We should never ever abuse this trust. For this trust helps us get in the front lines and deliver aids to suffering communities. Our donators see that their donations are fluently used. Therefore, we need to do whatever it takes to protect the integrity of our organizations. We cannot fully benefit from the potential of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Some deem this movement as a ‘sleeping giant’. Let’s remove the obstacles in front of this movement and wake up this giant. This is what the world demands and crises require from us”.
“We touched more than 160 million people’s lives”
Declaring that the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement brand represented many things to take pride in, Tadateru Konoe, IFRC President continued “we need to adapt to this fast-changing world and do our best not to disappoint our supporters. Our federation has achieved to touch more than 160 million helpless people’s lives last years. We do not discriminate to serve millions of people”.
Elections started following the opening ceremony at General Assembly of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Society Organizations. Organized with the motto “the power of humanity” and attended by representatives of 189 countries, general assembly will end on November 11.
“We are proud of the Red Crescent’s activities” 
Prior to Statutory Meetings, representatives of National Societies had the chance to meet during the premiere programme attended by Mevlut Cavusoglu, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Munir Karaloglu, Governor of Antalya, and Mehmet Gulluoglu, President of AFAD and charity ambassadors from 189 different countries.
Underlining that they lent a helping hand around the world, Mevlut Cavusoglu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey added “we are one of the leading countries in humanitarian aid. Humanitarian aid constitutes one of the key elements of our foreign policy. In this regard, we are proud of Turkish Red Crescent’s activities”.