May 9, 2011
8th Asia Pacific Red Cross and Red Crescent Conference follows Youth Summit, Jordan
Last October 17-20th, the 8th Asia-Pacific Conference was held by the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Amman, Jordan. In order to build the momentum, the youth representatives from the Asia Pacific and Middle East regions joined their efforts to organize a Youth Summit before the conference, from 9 to 17 October 2010, which was aligned with Strategy 2020, particularly with Strategic Aim 3 - ‘Promote social inclusion and a culture of non-violence and peace’ and Enabling Action 1 “Building stronger National Societies” through youth actions.
Among Asia and Pacific and Middle East National Societies there is a wealth of good practice in the area of youth. The opportunity to exchange them was particularly inspiring to do more and better through youth actions.
The four-day conference brought together Red Cross and Red Crescent societies from 50 countries to address challenges posed to the region and find long-term solutions to face crises. For the first time in the Asia-Pacific region, there was an opportunity for youth representatives from every National Society to attend the Regional Conference. The Planning Committee also included youth in all Conference agenda items.
Deputy Premier and state Minister Rajae Muasher said the humanitarian principles of the missions of the Red Cross and Red Crescent have made them a model of success and sacrifice and that the success of the Jordan Red Crescent emerged from the Jordanian values. He recognized achievements made by the Red Crescent in protecting war victims and in supporting more than half a million persons who resorted to Jordan in times of crises.
The head of the Jordan Red Crescent, Mohammed Al Hadid, said the conference is a great opportunity to bring people from different cultures and with one common aim: save lives, It also represents a major step in the implementation of the Solferino Youth Declaration while increasing social awareness among young people and encouraging active youth participation.
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