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Australian Red Cross representative to chair global body

Greg Vickery AM has been elected Chairman of the Standing Commission of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.

Friday December 2, 2011

Greg Vickery
Greg Vickery AM has been elected as Chairman of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement's Standing Commission.

Australian Red Cross President Greg Vickery AM has just been elected as Chairman of the Standing Commission of the Red Cross and Red Crescent - one of the global movement's most senior leadership positions.

Mr Vickery, who later this month stands down after an eight year term as Australian Red Cross Board Chair and President, was elected at the Movement's International Conference in Geneva this week. The Conference, the Movement's highest deliberative body, is attended by representatives of the world's 187 Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and all States that are party to the Geneva Conventions.

'This is one most senior positions in the Movement; the Commission is at the forefront of decisions around Red Cross' humanitarian efforts around the globe,' said Australian Red Cross CEO Robert Tickner. 'Greg Vickery has been a member of Red Cross for 40 years and has given a large chunk of his life to the Movement, in Australia and around the world. His election is a fantastic accolade and recognition of his outstanding service and commitment to Red Cross.'

Mr Vickery said he was honoured by the election. 'I am continually amazed by the Red Cross Movement -the thousands of volunteers, members and staff around the world who continually help others, and the respect and appreciation given by the people who receive it. To be in a position where I can further support the Movement and the people it helps is nothing short of an honour.'

The Standing Commission is made up of five representatives from either Red Cross or Red Crescent Societies, and two representatives each from the ICRC and the IFRC.

Mr Tickner said this appointment further enhances Australia's standing in the Red Cross Movement. In addition, Sydney has been chosen to host, in two years time, the 19th session of the IFRC's General Assembly and the Movement's Council of Delegates. The event will be held in November 2013, on the eve of Australian Red Cross' centenary year.

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