The 21st General Assembly of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) will take place in Antalya, Turkey from 6-8 November. The General Assembly is the IFRC’s highest decision-making body. This assembly will elect a new President and Vice President, along with other members of the Governing Board.
The General Assembly meets at a time of unprecedented humanitarian need. National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies are responding to an ever-growing range of humanitarian crises. They are responding to the huge humanitarian needs created by conflicts and violence in places like Syria, Yemen and Myanmar, they are supporting people who have lost their homes and livelihoods to natural disasters like those recently seen in the Caribbean and throughout South Asia, they are supporting vulnerable migrants along migratory routes, and they are supporting communities caught in the grips of major food crises and health emergencies in places like Somalia, South Sudan and Madagascar. They support the poorest and most vulnerable in all countries – developing and developed – including those impacted by crises that do not make the daily headlines.
In addition to electing new leadership, the General Assembly will begin the work of carving out a new, forward looking strategy for the decade 2020-2030. The General Assembly will reflect on the changing nature of volunteerism within the Federation. It will also consider and endorse a new Global Strategy on Migration.