Islamabad—Over nine Red Cross/Red Crescent societies pledged to support Pakistan Red Crescent (PRC) in school safety, empowering vulnerable females and working with clerics towards social inclusion. These pledges were made during Partnership Meeting organized by Pakistan Red Crescent (PRC). The Red Cross Red Crescent Societies that participated in the partnership meeting include Norwegian Red Cross, Danish Red Cross, Canadian Red Cross, British Red Cross, German Red Cross, Australian Red Cross, Italian Red Cross, Iranian Red Crescent and Turkish Red Crescent Society.
The meeting was also attended by International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Society (IFRC), International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) and secretaries of the provincial branches including AJK and GB. Chairman PRCS Saeed Elahi said that after extensive deliberations and efforts we have prepared Strategy 2020 for humanitarian initiatives, these are aligned with IFRC. He said PRC has a galaxy of experienced and qualified people among its board of directors and management.
He said PRC has made immense contribution towards uplifting communities in emergency situations. He said PRC has set out initiatives like youth volunteers, safety schools, climate change and road safety etc and we are following all these initiatives in true spirit. PRC Secretary General Dr Rizwan Naseer presented the PRC Strategy 2020 that envisions to achieve target of healthy and safe Pakistan besides building resilience of the communities as a part of IFRC One Billion Coalition for Resilience.
He said that Pakistan is facing huge challenges like water borne diseases, effects of climate change, unemployment etc and PRC with support of all its partners and through its vigorous humanitarian initiatives playing its active and efficient role to combat these challenges. ICRC Head of Pakistan Delegation Reto Stocker stressed on cementing long term commitment among Red Crescent societies in achieving their humanitarian goals.