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Statutory Meetings 2013

Meetings close on a high note

At the closing ceremony, indigenous Australians gave a traditional farewell to wish the delegates a safe journey home.

Monday 18th November 2013 marked the close of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement's Statutory Meetings, which brought together more than 1,000 delegates from 189 countries in Sydney.

The week-long meetings ended with an uplifting closing ceremony celebrating our place in the Pacific region and our strength in unity. In true Red Cross spirit the delegates gave thanks to the hundreds of dedicated volunteers who helped to make the week such a resounding success.

The Movement's leadership delivered a strong message of unity and hope for the future of the world's largest and oldest humanitarian organisation.

"Our challenge looking ahead is to adapt to the changing face of humanitarian action by harnessing new technologies, improving communication with people caught in a disaster or humanitarian crisis, and guaranteeing safer access for our people in conflict zones," said Australian Red Cross CEO Robert Tickner.

"Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies are looking to the next generation of young humanitarians to respond to new cultural, technological and humanitarian challenges and help shape our future in a changing world."

"I'm honoured to thank the Movement for allowing Australian Red Cross to host the 2013 Statutory Meetings. It has been a tremendous opportunity to showcase our work on the eve of our Centenary year."