ISLAMABAD - Over nine Red Crescent societies have pledged to support Pakistan Red Crescent (PRC) in school safety, empowering vulnerable females and working with clerics towards social inclusion.

These pledges were made during partnership meeting organized by Pakistan Red Crescent (PRC). The Red Cross/Red Crescent societies that participated in the partnership meeting include Norwegian Red Cross, Danish Red Cross, Canadian Red Cross, British Red Cross, German Red Cross, Australian Red Cross, Italian Red Cross, Iranian Red Crescent and Turkish Red Crescent Society.

The meeting was also attended by International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Society (IFRC), International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) and secretaries of the provincial branches including AJK and GB.

Chairman PRCS Saeed Elahi said that after extensive deliberations and efforts we have prepared Strategy 2020 for humanitarian initiatives, these are aligned with IFRC. He said PRC has a galaxy of experienced and qualified people among its board of directors and management. He said PRC has made immense contribution towards uplifting communities in emergency situations. He said PRC has set out initiatives like youth volunteers, safety schools, climate change and road safety etc and we are following all these initiatives in true spirit.      

PRC Secretary General Dr Rizwan Naseer presented the PRC Strategy 2020 that envisions to achieve target of healthy and safe Pakistan besides building resilience of the communities as a part of IFRC One Billion Coalition for Resilience.  He said that Pakistan is facing huge challenges like water borne diseases, effects of climate change, unemployment etc and PRC with support of all its partners and through its vigorous humanitarian initiatives playing its active and efficient role to combat these challenges.

ICRC Head of Pakistan Delegation Reto Stocker stressed on cementing long term commitment among Red Crescent societies in achieving their humanitarian goals. “Environment is changing and we have to shape our response and find new ways and approaches to carry out our humanitarian efforts”, he said. He lauded the efforts of PRC and also stressed the partners’ societies to continue its support to PRC efforts. If we are united, strong and visible, we can surely make the difference”, he added.

Head of Asia Pacific IFRC Milton Xavier, said that with honest leadership of national societies, the level of transparency and our core objectives would be achieved.

“In our commitment towards achieving the goals of national societies, we can learn from PRCS”, he said. He said credibility has to work along the side for promoting the guiding principles we are working upon. He said that this meeting has provided us great opportunity to meet with PRCS people and it would bring good news for PRC and national societies alike.

Speaking on the occasion, HoD IFRC Pakistan Gorkhmaz Huseynov, said that the partnership meeting provided us a qualitative discussion platform for our humanitarian needs and challenges. He appealed all the national societies to continuing their active role in helping PRC.