President of the Red Cross Francesco Rocca: ‘Lithuania can count on us in time of emergency’


2019 10 28


Today, a historical memorandum was signed at the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, whereby the Lithuanian Red Cross has undertaken to cooperate more closely with the Government of the Republic of Lithuania in cases of emergencies, nuclear disasters and crises.

The Memorandum has been signed by the Ministers for National Defence, Interior, Health, Social Security and Labour and Chairman of the Board of the Lithuanian Red Cross. Gediminas Almantas. Francesco Rocca, President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent has also been present at the signing of the Memorandum.

‘The Lithuanian Red Cross is part of an incredible global humanitarian force. It is a network of 191 national societies ready to help one another in times of crisis. ‘My visit to Lithuania is a clear sign of the willingness and ability of the international Red Cross community to provide humanitarian assistance to Lithuania in times of crisis’, said Francesco Rocca.

‘We appreciate the cooperation with the largest humanitarian organization in the world. The Government is ready to do its utmost to strengthen the organisation. We are interested in making it a sustainable, efficient and reliable partner’, said Saulius Skvernelis, Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania.

According to the Head of the Government, the vibrant and strong national society, which was active in Lithuania during the darkest years in the European history, has always been a reliable partner of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania in the field of humanitarian aid. The Prime Minister has expressed his gratitude to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent and the Lithuanian Red Cross, which marks the 100th anniversary, thanking them for dedication, perseverance and meaningful work. The Prime Minister, in his letter of gratitude, wished the organisation all the success, unfailing energy and new ideas in working towards safer and socially sensitive Lithuania.

Francesco Rocca emphasised the importance of Government’s support for these efforts, as dialogue with the Government and its support are crucial. ‘We should look at this as an investment - the Government is investing in the capacity of the Lithuanian Red Cross to make the organisation a sustainable and even more important reliable partner in addressing a variety of humanitarian challenges’, said Rocca.

As part of an international movement, the Lithuanian Red Cross is a unique humanitarian force, which builds on volunteers helping daily thousands of people in Lithuania. Key activities of the organization include helping single and ailing elderly, first aid training, helping refugees and migrants.