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UN Secretary-General Urges Closer Relations Between UN and Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

United Nations 20 October 2008: In a message to the International

Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies' seventh Pan African

Conference, taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 19-22 October

2008, Cheick Sidi Diarra, the Secretary-General's High Representative for the

Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island

Developing States, on behalf of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, called for

strengthening the relationship between the UN and the International Federation.

He noted the overlap between the two bodies' priorities, including climate

change and protection against the impacts of disasters, as well as that their

work was complementary. [The Message]