9th Pan-African Conference of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent Societies
The First Lady, Dominique Ouattara Supports the Opening Ceremony
The First Lady, Dominique Ouattara, Honorary President of the Red Cross of Côte d'Ivoire, sponsored the opening ceremony of the 9th Pan-African Conference of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent Societies on Monday, April 10th 2017, at the Sofitel Hotel Ivoire of Cocody. For this Pan-African meeting which is taking place from April 09th to 12th, 2017, more than 54 national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies and representatives from all over the world meet in Abidjan on the banks of The Ebrié Lagoon around the theme: "Investing in Africa". The event was attended by the First Lady, Mr. Daniel Kablan Duncan, Vice-President of Côte d'Ivoire and Mrs. Raymonde Goudou Coffie, Minister of Health and the Fight against AIDS.
The First Lady, Dominique Ouattara, Honorary President of the Red Cross, welcomed the initiative of organizing this conference in Abidjan. Mrs. Dominique Ouattara not only made the parallel between her humanitarian organization and the Red Cross commitments, but also revealed several points of convergence between this commitment and that of the NGO. In this perspective, the wife of the Head of State said she felt personally concerned by this conference. "(...) Children of Africa Foundation, which I founded 20 years ago, was inspired by Mr. Marc Gentilini, who in 1998 was the President of the French Red Cross. Since the foundation was founded under the guidance of this great man committed to the defense of humanity, our actions in favor of the most deprived people often meet those of the Red Cross. I feel personally concerned by the mission you are carrying out, and I understand all the more the realities you have to face. Indeed, the Foundation's actions are also made possible thanks to the support of generous donors and national and international partners with whom we work. So, in addition to being the President of the Red Cross, our convictions converge in terms of humanity, solidarity, fraternity and mutual aid, "said Dominique Ouattara. The First Lady, Dominique Ouattara ended by encouraging members of the Cross and Red Crescent. "By mobilizing all our resources and energies in a strong partnership, we will be able to build a stronger and more autonomous Africa," said Dominique Ouattara, Honorary President of the Red Cross of Côte d'Ivoire.
Mr. Daniel Kablan Duncan, Vice-President of Côte d'Ivoire, welcomed the organization of this 9th Pan-African Conference on the banks of the Ebrié Lagoon. This initiative undoubtedly demonstrates Côte d'Ivoire's commitment to major human causes. Taking advantage of this opportunity, the Vice-President welcomed the presence of Mrs. Dominique Ouattara, Honorary President of the Red Cross of Côte d'Ivoire. As such, he enumerated the great achievements of the wife of the Head of State at the head of her Humanitarian Foundation Children Of Africa. He cited the construction of the Mother-Child Hospital in Bingerville, the establishment of the Support Fund for the Women of Côte d'Ivoire (FAFCI), the involvement of the First Lady alongside her counterparts in Africa In the fight against AIDS, which earned him his appointment as UNAIDS Special Ambassador, and finally, the fight against child labor in all its forms. "Thank you for your commitment alongside President Alassane Ouattara," he said.
Mrs. Raymonde Goudou Coffie, Minister of Health and the fight against HIV / AIDS, said that the organization of this 9th conference is an honor and a challenge for Côte d'Ivoire. She expressed the hope that the Red Cross Society of Côte d'Ivoire would become more involved in the implementation of the country's health policy.
President Alpha Condé of Guinea sent a message of thanks to the Red Cross for his involvement in the 2014 resolution of the Ebola virus epidemic.
Mr. Tadateru Konoe, President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Mr. Abass Gullet, Vice-President of the Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, Mrs Eva Von Oelreich, President of the Permanent Commission of the Red Cross, Mrs. Christine Beerli, Vice-President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Mrs. Souaré Koné Karidiata, President of the Red Cross of Côte d'Ivoire. For the latter, the resolutions of this conference must lead the Red Cross to more actions. They sounded the alarm about the famine that is developing in northern Nigeria, Somalia, and South-Sudan.
Mise en ligne le 14 April 2017