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Recovery in Mozambique
A new report from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has found that disaster recovery is often overlooked in domestic disaster laws, policies and plans.
AA platform
10 - 12 October, 2023|Global|Event
Nepal floods
IFRC supports the development of a new treaty based on the Draft Articles on the Protection of Persons in the Event of Disasters to help save lives and keep communities safe by strengthening the management of disasters and disaster risk,
DL course
25 - 29 September, 2023|Global|Event
Italy recovery report launch
Our new report examines the legal framework for recovery and reconstruction following earthquakes in Italy and looks at how learnings can inform and strengthen legislation for disaster recovery, to help people affected by disasters recover and rebuild their lives, in Italy and around the world.
Argentine Red Cross volunteers wear red t-shirts and stand in the formation of a cross on the steps outside a public building. It is an aerial shot.
The auxiliary role is the formal relationship National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies have with public authorities to provide humanitarian services and it needs to be recognised in a country’s laws.
Woman stands next to flip chart with images on it. A man stands next to her.
|Central Asia|News
Central Asia is a region that faces many unique challenges, including disasters. Ensuring that the region is prepared for, ready to respond to, and able to recover from disasters is critical to save lives and keep communities safe.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been the biggest disaster in living memory, on almost any measure.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been the biggest disaster in living memory, on almost any measure. Lives have been lost, livelihoods shattered, industries and entire economies devastated and socioeconomic inequities worsened.
Venezuelan Red Cross member passes items to a community member.
With the number of extreme weather events increasing, it is more important than ever before that we take action to reduce and prevent the impact of climate and weather-related disasters.
Evacuation plan briefing after Tropical Cyclone Gita tore through Samoa
National Red Cross Red and Crescent Societies in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are working with their governments to advocate for climate finance and to strengthen climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk management (DRM) frameworks.
Image from Leyes y reglamentos para una respuesta humanitaria internacional eficaz video
Un marco jurídico sólido es fundamental para la eficacia de las operaciones de respuesta humanitaria internacional.
A Red Cross staff member looks at map of Old Harbour Bay with a Resilient Islands stakeholder. The map shows hazards, vulnerabilities and exposed areas in the community.
30 November, 2022|Dominica|Event
On Wednesday 30 November 2022, a Legislative Advocacy Training is being held for members of the Resilient Islands Project Technical Committee on Policy and other stakeholders.
Report cover shows a person carrying a stone for building and smiling at the camera
|South Asia|News
Legal preparedness for international and regional disasters and public health emergencies is key to countries in South Asia due to the escalating risks the region is facing.
Mangrove replanting in Kiribati
Nature-based solutions could reduce the intensity of climate and weather-related hazards by a staggering 26 per cent in a world where over 3.3 billion people live in places that are highly vulnerable to climate change, a report from IFRC and WWF found.
Flooding in Sujawal, Sindh province in Pakistan, 2022
In the past 10 years, 83 per cent of all disasters triggered by natural hazards were caused by extreme weather- and climate-related events, such as floods, storms, and heatwaves, impacting 1.7 billion people. Climate change is disproportionately affecting already vulnerable and marginalised people. Their needs must be addressed in laws, policies and plans to reduce the effects of climate change.
Bahamas Red Cross and IFRC staff shake hands with an official
16 - 17 November, 2022|Trinidad and Tobago|Event
From 16 to 17 November 2022, IFRC Disaster Law is running a Legislative Advocacy Workshop with Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross Society to strengthen their capacity to engage in advocacy with their public authorities about issues of humanitarian concern.
More than 300 Fiji Red Cross staff and volunteers were mobilised following Cyclone Winston in 2016 and emergency response teams are in affected communities assessing the damage and delivering supplies.
As climate-induced disasters become more frequent and intense, action is needed to reduce the impacts of climate change, especially for those most vulnerable.

At COP 27, we are calling for urgent action to be taken to strengthen and implement laws, policies and plans across climate and environment, disaster risk reduction and development agendas at national and international levels.
As part of this, the Red Crescent Society of Kyrgyzstan and government officials came together last October to learn about climate-smart disaster laws
Due to its mountainous terrain, Kyrgyzstan is prone to disasters such as landslides, avalanches, mudflows and earthquakes, as well as public health emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
The increasing frequency, severity and unpredictability of extreme weather events is leading to increased impacts on vulnerable people around the world.
The increasing frequency, severity and unpredictability of extreme weather events is leading to increased impacts on vulnerable people around the world.

Many communities are being affected by concurrent and consecutive disasters, leaving them with little time to recover before the next shock arrives. Therefore, in parallel with ongoing efforts to reduce or prevent it, there is a need for us all to adapt to our changing climate.
Ms. Alice Ralisoa, President of the Malagasy Red Cross Society, discusses the importance of laws and policies for emergency preparedness and response activities
This video highlights how disaster law is implemented across the globe and provides a focus on the crucial role of National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, as auxiliaries to public authorities, in climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.
In Kyrgyzstan, mobile team of Red Crescent volunteers visit patients with COVID-19 symptoms
|Central Asia|News
Like the rest of the world, Central Asian countries were deeply affected by COVID-19. The pandemic destabilized public health systems, economies and services.