Risk reduction and the human cost of climate change25/03/2008 - by Ibrahim Osman
Speech by Mr Ibrahim Osman, Deputy secretary general of International Relations of the IFRC and board member of the RC/RC Climate Centre:
The International Federation that I represent is not an environmental or political organization. We, like the wider International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement we belong to, are neutral and impartial. We give help, support and comfort to people in crisis whoever and wherever they are, with no discrimination as to their race, nationality, religion or political beliefs.
Climate change is a humanitarian issue as much as it is an environmental, political and economic one. And as the world’s largest humanitarian and disaster response network, the Red Cross Red Crescent is mainly concerned with the human cost of climate change. Read full speech.