June 19, 2022, Geneva – Francesco Rocca has won a second four-year term as president of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). Mr. Rocca was elected by representatives of 192 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies at the IFRC’s 23rd General Assembly in Geneva.
Upon his re-election, Mr. Rocca said: “We live in extremely turbulent times. The dangerous roads of global economic instability, food shortages, climate crisis and health emergencies are converging to create an unprecedented moment of risk for the world.
“I am proud to take up this challenge together with our 14 million Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers who, at this very moment, are doing their utmost to serve their local communities.”
Mr. Rocca praised the role of localization in the humanitarian response and pledged to continue to champion investment in action at the community level: “The pandemic has shown the world the essential role played by local actors, such as our Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers, in responding to crises. Localizing humanitarian assistance is the most effective way to save lives and build safer, stronger and healthier communities.”
Addressing the growing humanitarian impact of the climate crisis, reducing growing health inequalities, supporting and protecting migrants are the top three priorities listed by the new IFRC President.
Mr. Rocca urged the international community to prioritize global solidarity and translate it into action: “When there is political will, open dialogue and decisions are made multilaterally, anything is possible.
“The political, public and humanitarian response to the Ukrainian crisis has shown what can be done when humanity and dignity come first, when there is global solidarity and the will to help and protect people.
The role of the President of the IFRC is a voluntary role. Rocca began volunteering in the late 1980s working with asylum seekers and refugees in Italy. He joined the Italian Red Cross in 2007 and was elected national president in 2013. At the IFRC, Rocca previously served as a board member and vice-president for Europe. A lawyer by training, Mr. Rocca began his professional career fighting against organized crime. He then moved on to health administration.
Four new vice-presidents and 20 board members representing each of the IFRC’s geographic regions are also elected.
Notes for editors:
A press conference will take place at 11:00 a.m. on June 20, 2022 at Palexpo convention center in Geneva during which Mr. Rocca will outline his vision and future priorities for the IFRC.
Journalists wishing to assist on site or remotely should contact [email protected] to receive the accreditation or link.
For more information or to request interviews with President Rocca, contact:
Benoît Carpentier: +41 (0)79 213 24 13, [email protected]
Tommaso Della Longa: +41 (0)797084367, [email protected]