Iran attends the IFRC General Assembly


TEHRAN – A delegation led by Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) head Pir Hossein Kolivand will attend the 23rd session of the General Assembly of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies from June 19-21 in Geneva, Switzerland. participate, IRIB reported on Friday.

Members gather to explore how the world’s largest humanitarian network can scale up its efforts to address the most pressing humanitarian issues facing the world today.

This year’s theme is “Act Local, Global Reach” – members discuss topics such as trust and integrity, localization, volunteering and investing in national societies.

IFRC chief Francesco Rocca: The Iranian Red Crescent Society has done its best to support refugees despite US sanctions and international pressure. Elections will be held for the President, Vice-Presidents and members of the IFRC Board of Directors for the next four-year term.

The IFRC is the world’s largest humanitarian network. It supports local Red Cross and Red Crescent actions in more than 192 countries, bringing together nearly 15 million volunteers for the good of humanity.

Founded in 1922, the IRCS is one of the first and oldest members of the movement and is currently one of the top five societies in the world for its significant activities nationally and internationally.

In 2005, IRCS received the Henry Davison Award for Outstanding Humanitarian Service and the IRCS Volunteers Initiative was selected as the best project (out of 50 projects from 45 national Red Crescent Societies) by the General Assembly of the International Federation of the Red Cross.

Besides offering services to victims of natural disasters in the country, it has undertaken numerous missions in international disasters and incidents to help the people of Afghanistan, Palestine, Iraq, Southeast Asia earthquakes, Lebanon, Gaza, Somalia and Yemen.

IFRC praises IRCS

In May, IFRC chief Francesco Rocca said the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) was doing its best to help refugees despite US sanctions and international pressure.

Rocca made the remarks at a meeting in Tehran with Iran‘s First Vice President Mohammad Mokhber and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Director-General Robert Mardini.

“We are aware that despite sanctions and political pressure, the government of the Islamic Republic has never stopped supporting the Red Crescent Society and is one of the few governments that has always had the society’s full support,” Rocca said.

Expanding cooperation with IRCS is one of the guidelines and priorities of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and today we proudly announce that Iran, as the educational center of this international organization, is sharing its experiences with other countries and helping workers worldwide, he stressed .

Mardini commended the Islamic Republic’s actions in assisting the displaced and victims of war in the region despite international sanctions and pressure, stressing: “We will not allow sanctions to hamper the provision of services and cooperation between the IRCS and the ICRC, and we will announce this complaint where necessary.”



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