Award acceptance speeches by IFRC chief

'Your global Federation stands with you'

By Elhadj As Sy

Award acceptance speeches
Today, I looked back on the past one hundred years of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies with the members of the DPRK Red Cross Society in Pyongyang, and felt pride in our work once again.

The IFRC is instrumental in animating and supporting a network of 191 Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies across the world – one of which is the DPRK Red Cross Society.

During my stay in the DPRK, I had the opportunity to see for myself some of the units the DPRK Red Cross is cooperating with and got deeply impressed. In this country, they do not wait for others to bring them what they lack, but fill the shortage by themselves and surmount difficulties as they build up their own capacity for development. I felt their warm and kind heart.

Grand mass gymnastics and artistic performance “The Land of the People” was magnificent. It reflects the zeal and spirit of the Korean people who overcome the challenges they encounter.

I received a DPRK medal and diploma today at the Taedonggang Diplomatic Club. I don’t think it is a commendation for me, but an award given to the federation in acknowledgement of its humanitarianism.

I was convinced once again that our ideal and our efforts are supported by the international community including the Korean people.

The IFRC will do more good things by strengthening cooperation and collaboration in close liaison with the DPRK Red Cross Society.

*The author is secretary-general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

(Source: Pyongyang Times - July 26, 2019)

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