The Bhutan Red Cross Society (BRCS) has been formally admitted into the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) at the 22nd session of the IFRC General Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland on Thursday.
The two member delegation led by the BRCS Secretary-General, Dragyel Tenzin Dorjee, and supported by officials from the Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva attended the admission ceremony.
“The recognition and admission of BRCS to IFRC symbolises the sovereignty of Bhutan and joining the moment as a 192ndnational society, we have the advantage to lay resources with other 191 society in times of need,” said Dragyel Tenzin Dorjee.
The formal admission of BRCS to the IFRC marks a milestone in fulfilling obligations as a party to the Geneva Conventions, which was ratified by Bhutan in 1991.
The 22nd session also marked the 100th anniversary since the foundation of the IFRC in 1919 in Paris, following World War I, by five founding National Red Cross Societies of France, Great Britain, Italy, Japan and the United States.
The IFRC was created based on partnership and the knowledge that saving and improving lives could be best achieved through collective effort, knowledge and resource sharing.
The IFRC advocates peace and dignity throughout the world and provides support before, during and after a disaster or crisis.
Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen as the President, the BRCS was established in Bhutan on May 8 2017, coinciding with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Day.
The BCRS is an autonomous and not-for–profit organization established under the Bhutan Red Cross Society Act 2016.
It is a voluntary aid society, auxiliary to the public authorities in the humanitarian field, having the mandates to save lives, protect livelihoods and strengthen recovery from disasters; to enable healthy and safe living; and to promote social inclusion and culture of care and protection.
The BRCS is part of a network of the movement, with 190 countries having an establishment of a Red Cross or a Red Crescent National Society.
The BRCS strives to establish a network of members and volunteers in communities throughout Bhutan to provide services in the areas of social inclusion, health, and disaster risk management that are complimentary to those of the government and other organizations.
Thukten Zangpo from Thimphu