Int'l Red Cross conference ends with resolutions on various issues

Source: Xinhua| 2019-12-13 06:36:05|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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GENEVA, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- The 3-day 33rd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent aiming to address world's most pressing humanitarian issues closed Thursday in Geneva.

Representatives from 168 States attended this year's Conference, held every four years since 1867.

This year, key issues on the agenda included trust, mental health, climate change, pandemic preparedness, data protection and migration.

"The International Conference is a unique place for the Red Cross and Red Crescent to discuss critical humanitarian challenges with governments," said Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

"The fact that we had 168 States actively participating shows that governments have a strategic interest in responding to humanitarian crises and engaging with the Movement," he added.

Before the closure of this year's Conference, a number of resolutions were approved by the representatives, whose topics include better implementation of international humanitarian laws, privacy, mental health and people's psychosocial needs, the impact of climate change as well as the threat of epidemics and pandemics.

Francesco Rocca, President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said that he is pleased that the conference has reached agreement on different resolutions.

"Being trusted by the people we serve is critical to being able to restore family links, to ensuring lifesaving access, to working with and alongside communities ... We are now ready to ensure the follow up of all the decisions," he said.