06 May 2021

Press release - British Red Cross reaction to the G7 famine prevention and humanitarian crisis compact| British Red Cross

  • British Red Cross welcomes the G7 famine prevention and humanitarian crisis compact 
  • The organisation calls on the G7 nations to take firm action to ensure these commitments become a reality for the millions of people who do not know where their next meal is coming from
  • It welcomes efforts to enable local organisations to better access funding to act ahead of shocks
  • Organisation stressed the need to see an implementation plan which is fully transparent and developed alongside civil society partners

British Red Cross has today reacted to the G7 famine prevention and humanitarian crisis compact. The organisation welcomes the commitment from the G7 to do more to prevent famines, promote humanitarian access, respect International Humanitarian Law and to protect civilians in countries in crisis. 

Richard Blewitt, Executive Director International, British Red Cross:
“Humanitarian assistance and action must be guided at all times by humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence.

“Early warning, anticipatory action and strengthening data and analysis continue to be key to identifying the driving factors of risk and assisting communities that are at a tipping point of famine before it is too late.”   

The Red Cross and Red Crescent movement and its partners, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent societies are uniquely placed to understand and lead communities to act early on the driving factors of severe food insecurity, including with early warning and resilience-strengthening activities. This network spans 190 countries where national societies work at the heart of communities, often as auxiliaries to the national governments and are the first to hear, understand and respond to humanitarian needs.

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