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QRCS delegation takes part in IFRC Statutory Meetings
A high-profile delegation from Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) is participating in the Statutory Meetings of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), being held in Geneva, Switzerland, 4-12 December 2019. The event is attended by senior officials of National Societies around the world, as well as representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), who come together to discuss critical humanitarian issues and share the future of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. QRCS’s delegation consists of Ali bin Hassan Al-Hammadi, Secretary-General, Reema Masoud Al-Mereikhi, Board Member, Dr. Mohamed Salah Ibrahim, Executive Director of Relief and International Development Division, Muna Fadel Al-Sulaiti, Executive Director of Volunteering and Local Development Division, Dr. Fawzi Oussedik, Head of International Relations and International Humanitarian Law, and Zeena Mahjoub Elhusein, International Humanitarian Movement Coordinator. First, the IFRC Youth Forum was held on 3-4 December 2019, preceding the General Assembly. It was attended by representatives of Youth Networks, including Ms. Al-Mereikhi, alongside with IFRC Leaders. The Forum shed light on the major achievements of the IFRC Youth Commission over the period 2015-2019, gave an overview of the findings of the Global Youth Engagement Survey at the National Society level 2019, and launch of the IFRC Youth Engagement Strategy (Y.E.S.) toolkit. Youth delegates participated in the Youth Commission elections for the term 2019-2023. The 2030 Strategy was presented as an introduction to the main collective ambitions of the coming decade. They exchanged ideas about the descriptive strategies to be used by National Societies, how the youth can contribute to these ambitions, the philosophy underlying this transformation to further enable effective institutional change, the National Society Development Chart framework, and how it relates to the Youth Engagement Strategy and policies. After the Youth Forum, the General Assembly convened to hand over the National Society Awards and elect a new Secretary-General of IFRC to replace Elhadj As Sy. On Saturday, the Delegate Council held a meeting to approve the draft resolutions and interim reports, as well as to optionally sign the National Society Pledges. Tuesday 10 December 2019 will be the beginning of the 33rd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, which will last till Thursday 12 December 2019. One day earlier, a preliminary meeting will be held to approve the agenda and nominate the participants. The topics to be discussed in the Conference fall under three main categories: (1) Accountability and Integrity, (2) Meeting Needs and Addressing Weaknesses, and (3) International Humanitarian Law.