Surein Peiris

Report
International Federation
of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Humanitarian Diplomacy
 Humanitarian Diplomacy
in Action !
Surein Peiris
Humanitarian Diplomacy Delegate-Pakistan
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of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
How HD relates to Working in the field
OPERATIONS
COMMUNICATIONS
COORDINATION
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HD in action- voice for the vulnerable!
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People who deserve…..but
Pressure from various angles deprive the Needy
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Try to address social injustice issues
Stand up against social Injustice!
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Issues of Gender & Social exclusion
Gender discrimination , Deprivation of Rights based on Gender
in a Male dominated society
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Gender based Domestic Violence
This Picture tells
it ALL !
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Stigma and Discrimination
PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV AIDS –
SOCIAL EXCLUSION
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Disaster Relief - Fundamental Principles
Upholding the Principle of Neutrality ,Independence Impartiality
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People most vulnerable
Disabled, blind, crippled, children, Pregnant
Women , Elders…..People special based on their condition
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Right to Shelter … but No legal title !
 People affected by Floods but No legal land Title …
THEN WHAT ?
Humanitarian Diplomacy comes in to play ….
 Lobbying for Laws to address these issues – long term
Short term , speedy action…….as an alternative
 Possibility to lobby the Government to provide state land ?
 OR … Talk to the Landlords , Convince them to sign an
Agreement which will elevate their status – provide minimum
Tenure security – FROM NOBODY TO SOMEBODY !
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Be a Stronger voice for the vulnerable !
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HD promotes partnerships/coordination
Partnerships and Collaboration with other Humanitarian Actors!
Meetings with Other actors on the field is Important !
Information Sharing is Vital!
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Networking for a stronger voice !
Many Humanitarian Actors –You are
Not the only One! UNITED WE
STAND ; DIVIDED WE FALL !
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of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Communications is vital for
HUMANITARIAN DIPLOMACY
 It is about Building the
IMAGE of the PRCS .
 YOU are the face of the
PRCS on the Field .
 Actions speak louder than
Words
 First “WALK THE TALK “
 Then” TALK THE WALK “
 At all times be mindful to
Show case the PRCS !
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of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Communication on the field- Be careful !
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Consistency in the Messages we give to Media.. , Beware of the camera and Mike!
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Beyond Beneficiary Communications …
 Mechanism to address the Needs of the Beneficiaries is
important – HD element comes into play !
 PRCS Branches to take the Lead ……with IFRC support
 It is not an overnight process ….Takes time ….But Results
last long ! Act and Not be Passive..It is your Responsibility!
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No “One size Fits All approach”
Play it by Ear ...Feel it….Smell it…..Use your head …..Not your Heart …
YOU BE THE JUDGE!
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SOME Tools for HD
 Sphere Charter
 RC/RC and NGO Code of Conduct for Disaster Relief
 P&V based checklist for Disaster Managers and Health
Professionals
 Code of Good Practice for NGOs responding to HIV/AIDs
 Principles and Rules for RCRC Disaster Relief
 The Hyogo Framework offers guiding principles, priorities for action,
and practical means for achieving disaster resilience for vulnerable
communities.
 Inter-Agency Standing Committee’s (IASC) Guidelines for
Protecting Persons Affected by Natural Disasters:
 Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement
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Humanitarian diplomacy is about a change of
mind set.
It needs to be a part of daily work within all
National Societies.
RC&RC is to act, and not to remain passive.
HD urges action on the part of National
Societies and IFRC to measure up to that
responsibility.
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of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Be a stronger voice for the vulnerable !

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