TEHRAN, Mar. 11 _ (IRCS) _The work that you have done for Iran’s earthquakes victims has as many as values for those who have lost their homes and lives.
This was part of speech of President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Dr. Peter Maurer, during presenting of Iranian Red Crescent’s capabilities on the second day of his visit to Iran.
ICRC President began his speech by expressing his condolence for families lost their beloved ones in the Kermanshah earthquake and Tehran-Yasuj plane crash.
Dr. Maurer said: “It’s clear that humanitarian needs are countless and there is a serious necessity for expanding the presence of the Movement in big operations. Iranian Red Crescent responses to sufferings of people has been much appreciated. The work that you have done for Iran’s earthquakes victims is so much appreciated by those who have lost their homes and lives.”
Referring to the region's status quo, ICRC president noted that humanitarian problems across the region are clear; "2.8 million people have been forced to escape from conflicts and over 50 million people need help and more than hundreds of thousands have been injured. Ten of thousands have been arrested or missing."
“Basic Infrastructure has been damaged and conflicts have blocked access to services and above all, there are millions of stories about the sufferings of people.” he added.
Referring to ICRC’s activities in 2017, Mr. Maurer said that during the year the Committee donated over 500 million dollars to humanitarian operations in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan and Myanmar for providing help and support to the affected people.
“This is a considerable figure of our operational budget and however it’s not enough for responding to all needs, we do our best.” he stressed.
“ICRC provided emergency food items to 10 million people and assured that 22 million have access to water. We are ready to respond to future challenges and have a unique insight to changes, conflicts and impacts on communities and the Societies.” Maurer continued.
ICRC President also referred to signing of a new Partnership Framework Agreement between the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Iranian Red Crescent Society and said: “It’s a pleasure that two institutes have signed a joint MoU and it proves commitment of Red Cross and Red Crescent for long-time and sustainable cooperation. I would like to thank Dr. Peyvandi and International Affairs and IHL Division for their supports.”
It should be noted that ICRC President’s two-day visit in Iran ends today.
The Iranian Red Crescent and the International Committee of the Red Cross signed a new Partnership Framework Agreement yesterday. The agreement contains 6 articles comprising of humanitarian context, partnership desired outcomes, Joint Responsibilities, Coordination, monitoring, review, evaluation and audit, use of the emblem and general provisions.