N. 14 I 3rd quarter I 2012
EDITORIAL ACTIVITIES Atlantis IX, Bosnia and Herzegovina 2013 Follow up of the High Level Movement Meeting on the Humanitarian Situation in the Mediterranean Youth Seminar ‘promoting volunteering and intergenerational dialogue’ Postponed the Youth Workshop on the Promotion of a culture of non-violence and peace
VOLUNTEERS CORNER Jelena Milic – Red Cross of Serbia
PARTNERSHIP Global Youth Conference 2012, Vienna The International RC/RC Movement bestowed with the 2012 Prince of Asturias Award World Disaster Report 2012 ICRC website to reunite dispersed families “Not everything is always as it seems" campaign to fight human trafficking “Sea of Words” 5th edition Awards Recognition of the Cyprus Red Cross
OPINION Needs, challenges and humanitarian response: the economic crisis, four years on by Anitta Underlin, Director of IFRC Europe Zone www.cruzroja.es/ccm
Water Cooperation The right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation was finally declared a basic human right by the UN General Assembly in July 2010, and confirmed this year in Rio+20 where its importance was underlined as “essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights”. A water scarce region, the Mediterranean is facing increasing challenges in this regard; all triggered by population growth, urbanization and climate change which make their effects patent in a scenario unequally provided with water resources and their distribution, leading to energy, food, health and security issues. The socio-economic imbalances and poverty, coupled with political challenges, may also increase social instability and potential conflicts over shared water resources. Yet, water management and cooperation can both reduce the risk of disasters, such as droughts and floods and stand as a vital element for the building of peaceful relations. In the frame of the upcoming International Year of Water Cooperation, and guided by the IFRC Strategy 2020, the dissemination of the right to water and sanitation needs to be fostered towards the improvement of livelihoods for billions of people. To this end, and providing a follow up to the Mediterranean Conferences’ priority area regarding Environment and Climate Change, water-related concerns such as gender, health, sustainable consumption, resilience and the very right to water will be among the core issues of the next edition of the Red Cross/Red Crescent Mediterranean Youth Camp Atlantis, to be held in BosniaHerzegovina in July 2013.
ACTIVITIES ATLANTIS IX: The Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina will be hosting the 9th edition of the Atlantis Youth Camp during the first week of July 2013.
The Camp will be co-organized by the CCM and the Bosnia and Herzegovina National Society and it will be displayed in the framework of the International Year of Water Cooperation and the European Year of Citizens. With the aim of building the capacities of RC/RC Mediterranean Youth, and aid them to be better prepared when facing humanitarian challenges, Atlantis IX will focus on the role of youth in advocating for the promotion of environmental sustainability and Human Rights, especially the emerging ones, such as the access to safe drinking water and sanitation. Participants will also be working on their leadership skills and on the YABC approach to contribute to the changing of their communities’ attitudes towards a more sustainable consumption.
Follow up of the High Level Moment Meeting on the Humanitarian Situation in the Mediterranean: In order to provide a floor for discussion and dialogue among the representatives of Mediterranean National Societies, the IFRC, ICRC and other actors involved in addressing the humanitarian challenges of migration at Mediterranean level, the CCM will organize a follow up of the 2012 ‘High Level Moment Meeting on the Humanitarian Situation in the Mediterranean`. The Meeting will be held in Barcelona in the first quarter of 2013. On that occasion, attendants will focus on how to capitalize on National Societies’ experiences on the subject matter and the opportunity will be given –among other presentations and discussions - to launch a ‘Mediterranean platform of focal points on migration’ aiming to provide contact details and the strengthening of the network among the entry points appointed by each National Society. The mentioned entry points will be in charge of following all issues related to migration in the Mediterranean area, including the aspect of Restoring Family Links. Location: Spain Dates: First quarter 2013
Youth Seminar ‘promoting intergenerational dialogue through volunteering’: The CCM and the Spanish Red Cross (Youth and Volunteering Departments) are organizing a Seminar aimed at underlining and promoting the essential role of volunteering in the reinforcement of intergenerational solidarity through innovative approaches and tools. Promoting solidarity through volunteering, especially in times of economic crisis, is important as it is a vehicle for personal development, learning mobility, social cohesion and citizenship. In this regard, volunteering contributes considerably to intergenerational solidarity, boosting not only Youth, but also the older people’s participation, improving both sectors’ quality of life.
Atlantis VIII video
Following the European Year for Active Aging and intergenerational Solidarity, the Seminar will be carried out in the second half of 2013, in the frame of the European Year of Citizens and it will count on plenary sessions from national and international experts, practical workshops, activities and the sharing of best practices among RC/RC National Societies and external stakeholders.
Location: Bosnia and Herzegovina th th Dates: 30 June to 7 of July 2013
Location: Spain Dates: Last quarter 2013
International Year of Water Cooperation European Years of Citizens The Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Postponed the Youth Workshop on the Promotion of a culture of non-violence and peace: Due to security reasons deriving from the current situation in northern Mali, and being the latter one of Algeria’s neighbouring countries, the CCM considered the need to postpone the Youth Workshop ‘Youth as agents of positive change within communities: promoting a culture of non-violence and peace’ scheduled for st the 1 week of December in Algeria.
Suggested reading: ‘Adaptation to a Changing Climate in Arab Countries’ World Bank, 2012
Thanking all those National Societies which appointed participants and facilitators, we would like to underline that the Youth Workshop focused on such a mandatory priority for the region, will be celebrated as soon as the situation allows all security measures to be fully guaranteed, enabling RC/RC Mediterranean Youth to reinforce their skill as ambassadors of a culture of peace at regional level.
VOLUNTEERS CORNER Name: Jelena Milic Age : 28 National Society: Red Cross of Serbia
When did you start volunteering for your National Society? In few words, how would you describe your I joined Red Cross Society in February 1998. I was still in primary school when we were presented with an option to learn First Aid. I experience as a volunteer of the Red Cross? accepted and it was love at first sight. As I learned more of the activities performed in the Red Cross, I decided I wanted to be a part of this magnificent movement and help people in need.
What is your current commitment as a volunteer? When I came to volunteer in the Red Cross, I had a big “problem” with deciding which activities I should take up, so I decided to take part in all of them. As time passed by, I realized that the areas which inspire me the most are: First aid, Disaster management, Water rescue which I current do in provincial Red Cross of Vojvodina. Besides these, I recognized the strength and importance of working with youth and promoting non-violence behaviour in people, both young and older persons. So I am in charge as a peer educator in the ‘Promotion of Human Values’ programme of the Red Cross of Serbia.
We live in a world where people are often selfish, living in a hurry and not realizing that someone somewhere has different, existential problems, preventing them to carry on and live life to the full. As a volunteer, I came to realize that the world has no boundaries when it comes to people in need. If we all did as much as we can, we could make this Earth a great place to live in. Growing up in a country which was often in conflict, demolished and ruined, I got a firsthand input in how war and conflicts can meddle and destroy a person’s life. As a volunteer of the RCS, I got an opportunity to bring a smile back to a child’s face and put a cooked meal onto a family’s table. It may not be much, but the realization that I helped a complete stranger in making his or hers day decent, is more than I can ever describe.
In your opinion, which aspects of the RC/RC Movement stands out the most? My first contact with the Organization was when I was in primary How did you hear about your National Society?
school, when volunteers came and promoted First aid. Their training was so inspiring, that I wished to become just like them and so, after training in First aid, I became a volunteer myself.
What information about the International RC/RC Movement did you know before you decided to become a volunteer?
I honestly and strongly believe that the strongest aspect of our Movement is that, regardless where we are from and what language we speak, the 7 principles of RC/RC are understood and respected. By doing so, we create an universal language which we all understand- the language of Red Cross and Red Crescent, we are one big family united in doing good wherever we are. In the words of Henry Dunant - “Tutti fratelli”.
Sincerely, before the training of First aid, my knowledge about the work of RCS was small. Due to the fact that this period was after the war, the RCS was for most people, including me, an organization associated with refugees and humanitarian help. It was only after I came to the First aid training that I realized that the RCS does much more and helps people in so many ways.
Why did you join the Red Cross of Serbia? My parents raised me to be the best possible human being I can be, which meant helping and providing aid to people in my surroundings as much as I can, whenever I can. When I first came to the office of the RCS I saw that those values were shared by others, on a bigger scale then I thought possible. The current Youth Officer of RC in my home town disseminated the values of Red Cross and inspired and encouraged me to become what I am today- a volunteer.
What has been your favourite experience as volunteer of the Red Cross so far? On a national level, my favourite experience was the Promotion of Human values program which gave me the possibility to work with children and introduce them to the RC/RC Movement, teaching them to be more tolerant, to solve conflicts in a calm way, not to discriminate and to recognize violence. I had a feeling I did something really important for the future of those children, providing them with better tools to live and act as adults. The feeling that my action contributed to the quality of their lives is priceless. On an international level, my favourite experience was FACE 2003, where I was a part of a 6 member team and represented my country in First aid. The best of all was my ATLANTIS VIII participation in Andorra, where I felt that all of us, volunteers, are a member of one great family and that between us, no matter how far we live and work from each other, there exist bonds which can’t be broken. I believe that our international meeting was a best representation of Henry Dunant’s efforts.
Official Name: Red Cross of Serbia Date of Foundation: At the instigation of Dr Vladan Djordjevic, a famous and respected military doctor, on 25th January 1876 according to the old calendar, or 6th February according to the modern one, the Red Cross of Serbia was established.
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First Aid and simulation of injuries, diseases and health conditions Youth – Promotion of humanitarian values Emergency response – Water rescue and mountain rescue Promotion, recruitment and motivation of voluntary blood donors Health care and prevention ( Prevention of addiction diseases, Promotion of healthy life styles, Control of tuberculosis ) Dissemination - International humanitarian law Tracing service - Psycho social support to the families of the missing and kidnapped, Migrations, Anti trafficking Contact: Simina 19, 11000 Belgrade Tel: +381 11 3032125/3032127/3032129 Webpage: http://www.redcross.org.rs
PARTNERSHIP Global Youth Conference: Youth from around the world gathered for this important event from 9-12 December 2012 in Vienna, Austria, to start paving the way for the future Youth Strategy and to discuss on how Youth are making a change in the world. More than 180 young people representing 95 National Societies and 10 external organizations spent 4 days together discussing on the achievements made from Solferino '09 with the Youth Declaration and what more can and has to be done in order to "do more, do better and reach further". Youth leaders during a roundtable session on Leadership
The event was rich in contents and it certainly paved the way for the next Youth Conference that will be held in Sydney, Australia in November 2013, where youth from around the World will gather in order to write together the Youth Strategy. The return from Vienna surely gave the Youth leaders who attended the Conference a lot of energy and thoughts, with the certainty that each one of us can make a difference, as the Secretary General of the Austrian Red Cross explained with the phrase "If you think you are too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in your room". Global Youth Conference
Marcel Stefanik, Senior Officer for Youth Action, during the GYC
The four key themes that were analysed during the conference are: Youth promoting humanitarian values and life skills, Youth as innovators, Youth as beneficiaries, and Youth as leaders. These themes were discussed in-depth with the precious contribution of panelists and speakers coming both from the RC/RC Movement and from other organizations. It was a chance to see how youth around the world start from simple ideas, and by adding passion they transformed them into actions for the benefit of the most vulnerable. As one of the panelists stated: "Help with your passion, and then helping will become your passion".
The International RC/RC Movement bestowed with 2012 Prince of Asturias Award: The jury conferred the International Cooperation award to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement for “its performance in armed conflicts such as those of Syria, Libya and Somalia and in the natural disasters which have beset Haiti, Indonesia and Japan”. th During the award ceremony on October 26 , the President of the IFRC, Tadateru Konoé, and the President of the ICRC, Peter Maurer, highlighted the role of the volunteers who worked to save the lives of others, often risking and losing their own. Dr. Amal Emam, volunteer and Youth representative of the Egyptian Red Crescent, underlined in her speech the importance of volunteers and the IFRC’s ‘Youth as Agents of Behavioural Change’ programme which, she said, gives young people a voice in the Movement.
Almost 1.400 volunteers of the Spanish Red Cross, representing the 13 million volunteers of the Red Cross/Red Crescent around the world, convened in the city of Oviedo to assist and celebrate the event, a very meaningful one whose spirit was also cherished on December 5th, the International Volunteer Day.
Europe and Central Asia Market Place
During the sessions, a special focus was put on Empowerment, Education and Enabling Environment regarding youth: Youth need to be empowered through education in order to carry out their activities, but they must also have an enabling environment in which to grow and develop in order to truly become agents of change in their communities. The time in Vienna also allowed the youth participants to have their word on the challenges of today and on what they plan to do to face them (look at the interviews on the IFRC media page at http://www.ifrcmedia.org/blog), to share information and best practices and to reinforce the global youth network of the RC/RC Movement.
Prince of Asturias Foundation Spanish Red Cross Volunteers video Photo Gallery
World Disaster Report 2012. An insight: The IFRC presented in October the 2012 World Disaster Report (WDR). This year the focus is on forced migration and displacement. A main concern and priority for the RC/RC Movement, the report states that currently more than 70 million people are displaced, forced into migration by a wide and complex range of causes: conflict and violence, natural disasters, political upheaval, or large-scale development projects. The WDR dives into the causes and consequences of this phenomenon, and the impact for the displaced, the receiving community and the humanitarian actors. The Report analyzes how to help minimize the negative impact of forced migration, and to maximize the social and economic potential of it, highlighting the need to work over the factors which foment such movements. The WDR also deals with how to reduce the risk and promote the security of migrants. An emerging aspect highlighted by the report is migration towards urban contexts. Urban displacement is not a new phenomenon, but there has been greater recognition of the problem and its consequences in the last decade. In a trend of continuous population growth, the world’s urban population is expected to increase by 72 per cent between 2011 and 2050 (UN DESA, 2011). Migration through displacement is speeding up this process, particularly in fragile states and their neighbouring countries.
Presentation video of the World Disaster Report 2012: Forced migration and displacement
ICRC website to reunite dispersed families: The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) launched in November a new website to help members of dispersed families restore contact with each other.
The impact of forced displacement on health is another issue examined by the WDR, because it is related to the control of major disease, and needs coordination of preventive and curative health provisions. Large-scale development projects are also identified as growing challenge to be faced and managed by humanitarian workers. Finally, the WDR introduces the costs and impacts of forced migration, not only the social but the economic ones also, for the migrants, the host communities, the humanitarian actors and the international donors. It gives tips on how to tackle such humanitarian challenge focusing on four areas: architecture of the humanitarian response; enhancing community-based response; solving protracted displacement; and what humanitarian workers should do to support climate change and displacement-affected populations.
As thousands of people are separated from their families every year because of armed conflicts, natural and man-made disasters, and international migration, the main purpose of familylinks.icrc.org will be to serve people searching for their loved ones. Nevertheless, the website may also be of interest to humanitarian organizations and welfare service providers to whom these people have turned for help. The site will also serve as a platform for exchanges between tracing specialists. In the words of Olivier Dubois, deputy head of the Central Tracing Agency and Protection Division of the ICRC: “Staying in touch with other members of one's family has a huge effect on a person's well-being and their ability to cope with a crisis”. Aiming to achieve this goal, the Restoring Family Links portal provides information on tracing services available in all the world, and contact details of national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and ICRC delegations.
World Disaster Report 2012
ď Ź"Not everything is always as it seems" campaign to fight human trafficking: With the aim of raising awareness among the most vulnerable groups on the preventive measures to fight human trafficking, the Red Cross of Serbia joined forces with the Montenegro RC and the Croatian RC, as well as with public and private institutions, and carried out in the month of October a series of activities ranging from informative workshops, panel discussions, film screenings and public events, appealing to the participation of many sectors of society across the region. All the events were carried out in shopping centres, cinemas, and public spaces.
th On Thursday the 25 , a series of informative workshops by educators and trainers of the Red Cross of Serbia were held on the prevention of trafficking of human beings. Visitors of the stand, especially the youngest, had the opportunity to learn about different risky situations in which they can easily find themselves and learned to identify correct ways to respond to those, both by communicating with the educators and through games and activities.
On October 17th, a film projection was followed by discussions among youth representatives of the Red Cross of Serbia. Youth were given the opportunity to present their experiences, examples of their work and ways to achieve the best results in the field of human trafficking prevention. On the 18th of October â€“ the European Anti-Trafficking Day- at 6pm, a brief film made by the Croatian Red Cross and inspired by true events related to forced labour as a form of exploitation, was premiered in Zagreb, Podgorica and Belgrade as a joint action of the Croatian Red Cross, Montenegro Red Cross and Red Cross of Serbia.,
As the phenomenon of human trafficking is not only a national problem, but also a regional one, regional responses are also needed. To emphasize its scale and seriousness, the Red Cross of Serbia, the Red Cross of Montenegro and the Croatian Red Cross organized a joint event in cooperation with the national railways. All three Red Cross national societies organized an event with same visual identity, a decorated train th which departed from Zagreb on October 18 towards the other countries in the region. After welcoming the train at the respective railway stations, the volunteers interviewed passengers and passers-by about human trafficking, distributing promotional materials and informing the citizens about the global outreach of the crime. Being this phenomenon a regional one, on behalf of the Red Cross of Serbia the CCM would like to appeal to all Mediterranean National Societies to join the initiative and organize joint activities tackling human trafficking, to be celebrated next year on occasion of the Anti-Trafficking Day. For further information please contact: email@example.com Related links, material and suggested reading:
Lessons Learned Study
A contest of graphic designed posters was also organized. The shortlisted works were presented in an exhibition in to draw public attention, to get socially engaged in combating this form of organized crime. Volunteers of the Red Cross of Serbia presented educational material designed for children and youth, which is produced in collaboration with the Joint Programme of UNHCR, UNODC, and IOM. The campaign "Not everything is always as it seems" in the Republic of Serbia was also launched within the Joint Programme together with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, allowing a branded tram to run along the city with the aim of spreading the prevention messages it carried to as many passengers and passers-by as possible.
UNODC - Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2012
Prevention Kit Marking of 18 October 2012 - Red Cross of Serbia
Editorial Board: Centre for the Cooperation in the Mediterranean
“Sea of Words” 5th edition Awards “Nowadays that procedure is called “invisible mother”. When at the beginning of last century photography became popular and every family wanted to render itself eternal, even if only with that one portrait, made only once in a lifetime, they would order separate photographs of children. The child, regardless of age, had to be alone in the picture, have its own portrait, its own black and white reflection of the small identity. But photography was still something new, a medium announcing plenty, but not yet giving too much. There was little room for errors and, if the child was too restless, the photograph would turn out too blurry.” (Katja Knezevic, “Invisible Mother”) A young Croatian writer, Katja Knezevic, was awarded the first prize of the 2012 “Sea of Words” short story contest, winning her text “Invisible Mother” over 283 other short stories. The second and the third prizes were awarded respectively to Veronika Puska from Hungary, with her story titled “Half Hearted”, and to Jaimie O’Conell (Ireland) with “The lollipop fields”. th
The Awards ceremony was held in Barcelona the 5 of November. The fourteen selected writers also participated in the workshop ‘Literary Language, Instrument of Dialogue’, with two sessions: ‘The Art of Writing for Intergenerational Dialogue: Continuity or Break’, and ‘Working with a Translator as a Tool for Communication and Dialogue’. This year's edition was held under the framework of the European Year for Solidarity between Generations, and focused on “promoting the vision and expectations of young people about their future and the contact between different generations of Euro-Mediterranean societies”.
Recognition of the Cyprus Red Cross: last February the International Committee of the Red Cross recognized the Cyprus Red Cross Society, after ascertaining the 10 conditions for recognition which are set out in Article 4 of the Statutes of the Movement. 2013 is expected be the year of the final decision regarding the th admission process of the 188 National Society, to be discussed during the General Assembly of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies which will be held in Australia next November.
OPINION Needs, challenges and humanitarian response: the economic crisis, four years on When the IFRC opened its Europe Zone Office in Budapest in 2007, nobody could imagine that, less than a year later, traditionally strong western National Societies would open telephone hotlines for people contemplating suicide, organize soup kitchens for hundreds of thousands of citizens and distribute blankets to new groups of homeless people in their fifties or sixties. Over the last four years, we have seen the economic crisis gradually take roots from community and households to state level, with more citizens simply not having enough money to take care of themselves and their families. Even though there have been other financial depressions in Europe we are now faced with what we call “new poverties”, affecting a widely dispersed population of individuals and communities alike. There are countries in Europe where more than half of the young people are unemployed and where experts predict that 25 percent do not have any prospects of getting work. Other countries have been heavily impacted by the reduction of overseas remittances, which constitute a large proportion of their income. Middle-class citizens lose their jobs and have to sell their houses and belongings in order to make a living, or to qualify for social benefits. RC/RC themselves face declining revenue combined with increasing demand. Fortunately, in some countries we also see an increase in the willingness to donate cash or time as volunteers in social programme. Although this crisis has hit differently from others we have faced in the past, we believe that much can be achieved by modifying inclusion criteria for beneficiaries, to ensure newly vulnerable groups become eligible for assistance. In Spain, for the first time ever, the collected funds from the yearly Flag Day - flowed into a national appeal with which the Spanish Red Cross intends to expand its social care activities and assist over 300,000 people living in conditions of extreme vulnerability. In Romania, where 40 per cent of the total population lives under the poverty line, the Red Cross has distributed over 550,000 kg of food to 81,774 vulnerable families across the country since 2009. This is done through a programme called “Food Banks” supported by supermarkets and their customers. Thanks to a country-wide promotion campaign, the Food Bank is now the most famous social welfare in Romania, and it has generated a large number of requests from people in need. Four years on, it remains hard to make forecasts on how the global and European economic scenarios will shape up even months from now. Amidst the challenges in redefining their roles as auxiliaries to public authorities, discussing which social gaps to fill and how to finance these activities, Red Cross Red Crescent Societies remain an unrivalled socioeconomic barometer of the times and, with their unique grass-roots reach in all countries, can help communities get back on their feet after the ravages of recession. Anitta Underlin, Director of IFRC Europe Zone
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