BRCS and ICRC Forge Strategic Alliance in Humanitarian Endeavors

The Bahrain Red Crescent Society (BRCS) has formalized a partnership framework agreement with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The aim of this collaboration is to advance meaningful and effective humanitarian and relief efforts, particularly in times of armed conflict and situations involving violence.

 The overarching goals include reinforcing the collective humanitarian response within the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and providing the necessary technical and human resources to address the needs of affected populations. These activities will be conducted in accordance with the mandates and capabilities of both organizations.

The agreement was executed by His Excellency Lieutenant General Doctor Sheikh Mohamed Bin Abdullah Al-Khalifa, Chairman of the Bahrain Red Crescent Society, and Mr. Mamadou Sow, Regional President of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Kuwait. The signing ceremony included the presence of Mr. Ali Mohammed Murad, Vice President of the Bahrain Red Crescent Society, Mr. Mubarak Al Hadi, Secretary-General of the Society, and Ms. Maya Hormuz, Coordinator of Cooperation at the International Committee of the Red Cross.

The agreement outlines the mutual commitment of both parties to engage in open and constructive dialogue while assessing and managing their humanitarian responses. This involves closely coordinating efforts on matters of public communication, security management, activating partnerships with other entities within the international movement or external actors, and collaboratively addressing emerging humanitarian needs at both the national and international levels. Additionally, the agreement encompasses joint efforts in implementing relief, awareness, and training programs and projects agreed upon, particularly those related to safe access, restoring family links, and promoting awareness of international humanitarian law and the principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

Furthermore, the terms of the agreement include the development of the Bahrain Red Crescent’s work in alignment with the applied framework for safe access. This involves establishing an internal management process to formulate an institutional strategy focused on delivering effective humanitarian services grounded in principles and sustainability. The agreement also emphasizes the reinforcement of a unified stance on crucial humanitarian issues relevant to decisions within the International Movement. This is to be achieved through active participation in bilateral, regional, and international meetings. Moreover, the agreement aims to enhance communication channels between the two institutions to support humanitarian operations, foster awareness on key humanitarian concerns, and consolidate joint efforts in mobilizing resources for collaborative humanitarian campaigns.

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