Social solidarity ministry hails election of Egyptian Red Crescent to int'l governing board

Ahram Online , Tuesday 28 Jun 2022

Egypt's Ministry of Social Solidarity welcomed on Tuesday the election of the Egyptian Red Crescent (ERC) as a member of the Governing Board of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) for the first time in decade.

Ramy El-Nazer
Ramy El-Nazer, the CEO of the Egyptian Red Crescent

 

The ERC was elected to one of the five seats allocated to Africa during the IFRC’s 23rd General Assembly in Geneva on 19 June, the ministry said in a statement.

The ERC will hold the seat for a term of four years 2021-2025.

In a statement on Tuesday, the ministry said the step will enhance the humanitarian role played by the Egyptian Red Crescent globally.

The ministry added that the election coincides with President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi's declaration that 2022 would be the Year of Civil Society in Egypt.

El-Sisi has directed the ministry to support the government’s humanitarian work and represent Egypt in humanitarian decision-making seats globally, the ministry noted.

During the 23rd General Assembly in Geneva, President of the IFRC Francesco Rocca was reelected for a second four-year term; and four new vice-presidents and 20 governing board members representing each of the IFRC’s geographic regions were also voted into office.

Representatives of National Red Cross and Red Crescent societies from 192 countries attended the assembly.

The delegation of the Egyptian Red Crescent was represented at the Geneva event by Ramy El-Nazer, the CEO of the ERC; Amal Imam, the director of the ERC's Youth and Volunteer Development Department; Ali Mubarak, the ERC's treassurer; and Mahmoud Tharwat, the director of the ERC's Health and Care Department.

The International Red Crescent and Red Cross movement is the largest humanitarian association in the world. It exists in 192 countries and has the largest volunteers network at 12 million.

Red Cross and Red Crescent societies are auxiliary bodies to assist public authorities in their countries in humanitarian work.

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