Sydney, 13 November 2013 - The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) re-elected today Tadateru Konoé as its president for a second four-year term. The IFRC president was re-elected by delegates of National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies currently attending the 19th session of the General Assembly in Sydney, Australia. The International Movement of the Red Cross and Red Crescent meets every two years to evaluate progress, address pressing humanitarian challenges and establish goals and priorities for the future.
For more than 20 years, Tadateru Konoé has successfully carried out the Movement's mission through previous posts held in the organization, and for the past four years, he's done an outstanding job at implementing the IFRC development agenda. This re-election is a reflection of National Societies' and the board members' trust in his work, his leadership and commitment to the Red Cross and Red Crescent mandate.
As president of the IFRC, M. Konoé sees his main achievements as making National Societies' voices better heard at internal levels, enhancing humanitarian diplomacy and increasing resources mobilization. In the future, he plans to continue building strong National Societies and bringing the IFRC Secretariat closer to them, maximizing the Movement's coordination activities, and strengthening governance.
"My first term of presidency was also an important learning period for me," said M. Konoé, IFRC president. "The IFRC is working to build more resilient National Societies and strengthen capacities used to respond to emerging problems. I am honored to continue serving in this role the cause of the world's largest humanitarian organization."
Before becoming IFRC president in 2009, Konoé has been president of the Japanese Red Cross Society since 2005 and served as vice-president before for 14 years. He has been involved with over 30 Red Cross and Red Crescent relief missions around the world and has dedicated his professional career to domestic and international Red Cross Red Crescent activities.
While the General Assembly is unfolding, the IFRC is actively involved in responding to the mega-disaster in Philippines where increasing life-saving capacities are being deployed to assist affected communities.
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