Posted by: africanpressorganization | 16 January 2012

AUC Chairperson Receives Credentials of The New Permanent Observer of The Red Cross/Red Crescent to The African Union


 

 

AUC Chairperson Receives Credentials of The New Permanent Observer of The Red Cross/Red Crescent to The African Union

 

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, January 16, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr. Jean Ping, received in his office at the AUC Headquarters in Addis Ababa, on Thursday 12 January 2012, the credentials of the new Permanent Observer of the Geneva-based International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), H.E. Dr. Stephen Omollo.

 

Welcoming Dr. Omollo, the Chairperson praised the Red Cross/Red Crescent for the remarkable humanitarian work it is doing in Africa, especially in Somalia and other conflict zones, and for maintaining high standards of service and integrity, which has allowed the IFRC to cater for victims in disaster areas that are normally out of reach to other humanitarian organisations.

 

On his part, Dr. Omollo thanked Chairperson Ping for receiving him for the second time in two months and expressed satisfaction with the excellent state of relations between the Red Cross/Red Crescent and the African Union.

 

Both personalities exchanged views on issues of mutual interest, with a special focus on the humanitarian situation in Somalia.

 

It is worth recalling that on 17 November 2011, Chairperson Ping and Dr. Omollo signed a memorandum of understanding between the AU and the IFRC, which formalized cooperation ties between both organisations. The MoU, among other things, provides for the exchange of information and documents, collaboration in the development of joint information tools and advocacy campaigns, support for capacity building, etc.

 

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, providing assistance without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. Founded in 1919, the IFRC comprises 187 member Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies, a secretariat in Geneva and more than 60 delegations around the world.

 

The IFRC carries out relief operations to assist victims of disasters, and combines this with development work to strengthen the capacities of its member National Societies. Its work focuses on four core areas: promoting humanitarian values, disaster response, disaster preparedness, and health and community care.

 

Concurrent with his functions as the Permanent Observer and Head of the IFRC Delegation to the African Union, Dr. Omollo also serves as the organisation’s Head of Humanitarian Diplomacy.

 

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)


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