IFRC presidential election nears

A global meeting, where representatives of Red Cross National Societies from 189 countries, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) gather, will take place from 12 November to 18 November 2013 in Sydney, Australia and discuss today's key humanitarian issues including the response to the vulnerabilities posed by disasters, climate change, migration, etc., and reaction to the post Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

From 12 to 15 November, the 19th session of General Assembly of IFRC will be held and it will see election of the President and the governance body. Current President, Tadateru Konoe the President of the Japanese Red Cross and the first IFRC president from Asia is running for re-election under the banner, "Uniting the power of humanity," and promised to strengthen Red Cross Red Crescent Societies' ability to help those in need and boost the movement's advocacy work and sense of unity if he wins a second term. His opponent is Dr. Mario Villarroel Lander, current President of the Venezuelan Red Cross Society and former IFRC president who has served 2 terms from 1987. Each member society represented has one vote, and the result of the vote will be announced on 13 November 2013 during the meeting.

The General Assembly will be followed by the Council of Delegate, which brings together the ICRC, IFRC and National Societies to adopt new policies and strategies on major humanitarian issues. The decisions taken by the Council of Delegates will reinforce the commitment of the entire International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement to work together to assist and protect people around the world. Discussion will focus on a plan of actions towards the elimination of nuclear weapons, response to newly developed weapons and the interpretation of international humanitarian law.

General Assembly---12 November to 15 November 2013
Council of Delegate---17 November to 18 November 2013
Place: Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia
Voting: 13 November 2013
Sessions open to media:
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For further information or to arrange interviews with the JRCS Delegation, please contact the Communication Department, the Japanese Red Cross Society at 03-3437-7071.

IFRC is the world's largest volunteer-based humanitarian network, reaching 150 million people each year through our 189 member National Societies. Together, we act before, during and after disasters and health emergencies to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people. We do so with impartiality as to nationality, race, gender, religious beliefs, class and political opinions.

Our collective plan of action is to tackle the major humanitarian and development challenges of this decade. Our strength lies in our volunteer network, our community based expertise and our independence and neutrality. We work to improve humanitarian standards, as partners in development and in response to disasters. We persuade decision-makers to act at all times in the interests of vulnerable people. The result: we enable healthy and safe communities, reduce vulnerabilities, strengthen resilience and foster a culture of peace around the world.

The functions of the IFRC President include:

  • Convene and preside over sessions of the General Assembly and Governing Board;
  • Present to the General Assembly a review of the state of the International Federation;
  • Present to the Governing Board and General Assembly the report of an internationally recognized independent auditors;
  • Co-ordinate the work of the governance bodies, commissions and committees of the International Federation;
  • Represent the International Federation in its relations with the other components of the Movement and with other international organizations and institutions; and
  • Carry out any other function entrusted by the General Assembly or by the Governing Board.