In close cooperation with International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the Iranian Red Crescent Society is hosting RC2 Forum, Engagement Session for South and Southeast Asia on 28-29 August 2017. The meeting is in Tehran and aims at identifying major humanitarian challenges and opportunities that might emerge in the future and which the Movement should anticipate for.
The meeting provides opportunity for studying and surveying those challenges and concerns that National Societies face with and are interested in to explore new solutions for humanitarian issues. This Forum is part of a broader engagement process leading up to the RC2 Forum that will take place in November 2017, and ultimately sets out to provide forward-looking input to the agenda of the 33rd International Conference.
There are also four working groups where a facilitator from IFRC together with the participants from Asian National Societies of Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Maldives as well as delegates from IFRC, ICRC and Iranian Red Crescent Society join to share their knowledge and experience.
Mr. Balthasara Staehelin, Deputy Director General of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Mr. Frank Mohrhauer, Director for Governance and Board Support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Prof. Seyed Amir Mohsen Ziaee, President of the Iranian Red Crescent Society delivered their speeches in the opening ceremony of the meeting.
Prof. Ziaee hopped that the forum would find modern and new solutions for existing challenges relying on National Societies' capacities, a road map to achieve common humanitarian objectives and a positive trend to alleviate human suffering during crisis. In his speech, Mr. Staehelin referred to the existing changes in the world and said that responses procedures and manners to disasters should be adapted in order to provide effective responses to future humanitarian issues. Also, Mr. Mohrhauer pointed out that this platform provide the opportunity to discuss humanitarian issues and emphasized that the International Movement components should be among people to hear their voice and get familiar with their concerns in order to find out the solutions for their concerns.