The 33rd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent began in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday.
Held by the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the event is attended by delegations from almost all national societies around the world, including Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS).
The delegation of QRCS is headed by its secretary-general, Ali bin Hassan al-Hammadi. Members are Dr Mohamed Salah Ibrahim, executive director of the Relief and International Development Division; Muna Fadel al-Sulaiti, executive director of the Volunteering and Local Development Division; Dr Fawzi Oussedik, head of International Relations and International Humanitarian Law; and Zeena Mahjoub Elhusein, International
Humanitarian Movement co-ordinator.
Reema Masoud al-Mereikhi, board member, left for Doha following her participation in the IFRC Youth Forum, which preceded the conference.
Over three days, the 22nd Session of the General Assembly of IFRC saw a series of plenary sessions, roundtable discussions and seminars.
On Sunday, the plenary sessions of the Delegate Council 2019 began. It approved seven decisions centred around two main themes: Accountability & Integrity and Meeting Needs & Addressing Vulnerabilities.
Also, interim reports were reviewed, the agenda of the 33rd International Conference was adopted and the session moderators were assigned.
Meanwhile, the QRCS delegation made "intensive efforts to enhance the organisation’s international relations", a press statement noted. Bilateral meetings were held with 20 delegations of the participating national societies to consider potential co-operation and capacity-building.
Al-Hammadi chaired a meeting with his Indian counterpart to have talks on many issues of common interest.
Representatives of Arab and Muslim Red Crescent Societies held a meeting on several points, mainly the nomination of Dr Hilal al-Sayer, president of Kuwait Red Crescent Society, for the membership of IFRC’s Standing Commission.
The opening ceremony of the conference took place Monday along with art exhibitions, formal procedures and side events.
On Tuesday, there will be a morning networking meeting, a plenary opening session and the first 'International Humanitarian Law: Protecting People in Armed Conflict' commission.
Tomorrow, the second commission, 'Shifting vulnerabilities', will be held and the elections of the Standing Commission will be conducted.
The last day, Thursday, will focus on 'Trust in Humanitarian Action'.
The participants will review reports and approve the decisions submitted by the Drafting Commission.