VRCS officials make donation to support compatriots in Central Vietnam suffering from Storm Doksuri, Hanoi, on September 18. (Credit: qdnd.vn)
NDO – The 14th Southeast Asia Red Cross Red Crescent Leadership Meeting is scheduled for Hanoi, on September 21-22, gathering the leaders, presidents, secretary generals and senior management of 11 regional Societies’ members and representatives from the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
The information was announced by the Vietnam Red Cross Society (VRCS) during a press brief in Hanoi on Monday morning. The Society is the host for this year’s event, which is an important gathering of the region’s Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and has been rotated annually between the Southeast Asian countries.
According to VRCS President Nguyen Thi Xuan Thu, during the meeting, the leaders of the national Societies will discuss the directions required to expand cooperation in Southeast Asia, in collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat, in response to natural disasters and climate change, as well as exchanging ideas on issues related to urban development, health care, Red Cross’s youth development, gender and immigration.
In addition, the delegates will also discuss a number of other issues concerning the agenda of the 21st General Assembly of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the 2017 Council of Delegates of the of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement that will take place in Turkey next November.
Within the framework of the 14th Meeting, there will be a signing ceremony on humanitarian cooperation between Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia’s Red Cross Societies for 2017- 2022.
The agreement is expected to strengthen the traditional friendship, solidarity and effective cooperation among the Red Cross and the people of the three countries, contributing to reducing the percentage of local people living in vulnerable circumstances and the development of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
This is the third time that the three Red Cross societies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, after 2006 and 2010, with the focus on the propagation of humanitarian values, disaster preparedness and response, healthcare, disease prevention and capacity building.
At the press brief, the VRCS also provided information on relief work to assist local people in the central provinces affected by Storm Doksuri, the most powerful typhoon in a decade, which has caused damage worth trillions of VND to the central region.
The Society also called for its members across all levels, as well as relevant volunteers, individuals and organisations to provide support to victims in order to overcome the consequences of natural disasters.
The VRCS Central Committee also launched a donation campaign calling for each of its officials to donate at least one day’s salary to support the affected people. The support campaign will last until the end of October.
On September 17, the VRCS decided to provide emergency aid, including financial assistance and goods worth over VND1.5 billion to storm victims in the six provinces of Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue.