Strengthening community resilience has been at the heart of disaster risk reduction activities of the IFRC and 189 Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies. Guided by the Strategy 2020 and the Framework for Community Resilience of the IFRC, we support communities to reduce their underlying vulnerabilities by adopting risk-informed, holistic approaches; take a demand driven, people-centred approach in programmes; and build strong and appropriate connections with communities to prevent and reduce human suffering.
220 representatives from 79 National Societies and the IFRC, joined by other international organizations and the private sector, gathered at the Fourth Global Community Resilience Forum in Cali, Colombia, on 4-7 November 2014. There, the representatives of National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the IFRC, decided to rise to the challenge of increasing risk, by strengthening community resilience. After four days of deliberations on three resilience themes: scaling up, improved financing, and communication and advocacy, we committed to create the “One Billion Coalition for Resilience” with the goal of taking active steps towards enhancing community resilience, together with one billion people, by 2025.
Through the final document of the Cali Forum, we have asked all stakeholders to join in this new global resilience initiative. We will engage all stakeholders to support community resilience, in line with governmental and intergovernmental decisions and strategies promoting resilience. We will support National Societies to use, and to develop the auxiliary role to engage and influence at all levels, in order to create lasting change, acting as a neutral convener for this resilience coalition. We will promote and grow volunteer networks, to become drivers of resilience engaging communities, schools, local and national authorities, business communities, civil society organisations, media, academia and international agencies.
Engage one billion people to take active steps towards enhancing community resilience by 2025.
Number of people engaged in the one billion resilience coalition
• IFRC’s annual mapping report of disaster risk reduction
• IFRC’s annual reports of programmes
• IFRC’s Federation-Wide Data bank and Reporting System
from January 2015 to December 2025
Mr Mohammed Omer Mukhier
Head of the Community Preparedness and Risk Reduction Department, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies