Worldwide Wednesday Wrap-Up

Welcome to the Worldwide Wednesday Wrap-Up, in which we consolidate the international Red Cross and Red Crescent news into one list of bite-sized links for you…

[The place names link to maps so that you can get a quick idea of the region.]

EUROPE: The IFRC has released an advocacy report on first aid activities in Europe. Topping the charts for most population trained? Norway with 95%, Germany and Austria with 80%, and Iceland with 75%.

BURKINA FASO: The ICRC and the Burkinabé Red Cross Society launched an emergency aid operation for some 5,000 victims of flooding in the capital city, Ouagadougou.

YEMEN: The ICRC has provided water, shelter, food, and health care for thousands of civilians affected by ongoing fighting.

SOMALIA: Agricultural specialist Henri Maindiaux explains how ICRC agricultural programs have been helping alleviate the dual effects of drought and conflict.

AUSTRALIA: The moving Our World At War exhibit has made its Australian debut – demonstrating, through photography, the “ongoing relevance of the Geneva Conventions in protecting those not, or no longer, taking part in hostilities.”

BRUSSELS: To mark the 60th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions, Sweden and the ICRC are organizing a conference on how to enhance respect for international humanitarian law by non-State actors.

GAMBIA: The general staff of the Gambian armed forces and the ICRC signed a memorandum of understanding that aims to make the study of international humanitarian law part of the country’s military training program.

ICRC = International Committee of the Red Cross
IFRC = International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies