Strong and resilient National Societies
National Societies constitute the strength of the Movement as grassroots organisations at local level. In full cognisance of the added value that they produce for their communities through resource mobilization and outreach. I commit to contribute to the development of their organisational capacity and resilience so that we can collectively enhance our capability to access those in need wherever they are under any circumstances.
Advocacy for the right to assistance is central in creating a proper environment for the Movement to freely access to those affected by natural and man-made disasters. Unfortunately, our volunteers and humanitarian staff has been increasingly targeted in conflict areas, we should endeavour with you to maximize the benefits of legal framework of humanitarian assistance in order to enhance respect for IHL and IHRL.
National Societies as impartial and neutral organisations are subject to fundamental principles and their roles are cited in Geneva Conventions. This provides us with a unique positioning to protect the needy and vulnerable people affected by disasters. We should work together to increase and diversify and means to provide protection under challenging circumstances. The incorporation of protection in our assistance programmes should be a prerequisite for us.
As IFRC and National Societies, we should focus more on accountability in an increasingly competitive world. Therefore, we need to address organisational weaknesses and shortcomings to improve our effectiveness, efficiency, relevance and coherence for the purpose of meeting the expectations of beneficiaries, donors and stakeholders in accordance with our Fundamental Principles.
We have increasingly encountered the cases of mass influx leading to the uprooting and displacement of the vulnerable people. The impact of such cases have spilled over the territories of many countries by causing separated families, loses of livelihood and pressure on infrastructure in country of asylum. Therefore, we need to have more effective approaches and means with transnational perspective to deal with multidimensional and great scale crises like them.
I will work on enhancing cooperation and coordination among the Movement components in this field.
I believe in the value of the Federation as a coordinating and capacity-building organisation supporting National Societies. I should work more on contributing to the strengthening of these functions while to creating enough surge capacities at global level to complement National Societies efforts ın delivery of humanitarian services.
Strengthening Movement Coordination and Cooperation
We can increase the footprint of the Movement only by enhancing co-operability among the Movement Components to increase our added-value collectively through creating and developing effective operational coordination mechanisms and tools facilitating bilateral and multilateral cooperation at regional and global level.
This will serve the joint positioning of the Movement to be more consistent and influential vis-à-vis stakeholders in humanitarian landscape.
The trends of xenophobia, racism, discrimination and stigmatization have reached alarming levels. They are threatening our communities by eroding the values thereby undermining our organisations built on humanitarian values. We should meticulously work on combatting these trends worldwide to prevent hatred and intolerance.
The voluntary nature of our works is vitally important and should be duly preserved and supported. We, as National Societies, exist to mobilize the resources of communities by enhancing our capability to penetrate into them, I commit myself to support effective volunteer management in NSs.
This will increase our penetration into our communities, thereby strengthening ownership of and participation in programmes
In a rapidly changing world, National Societies and our Federation have to adapt themselves to dynamics. This constantly requires us to develop new policies, working modalities, mechanisms and tools to be more relevant to our operational environment. For that reason, we need to concentrate more on innovation efforts in changing the ways we are working. That’s why, I will support and contribute to such initiatives in the Federation.
Dr. Kerem KINIK
Dr. Kerem Kınık was born in Malatya, Turkey in 1970. Completed his primary, middle and high school education in Istanbul. Graduated from the Istanbul Medical Faculty in 1993. Until 1995, served as Istanbul 10th Period Member of the Provincial Council and Head of the Health Council. Represented Istanbul in the European Union Regional Assembly Health and Social Policies Council. Served as director in various nongovernmental organizations and humanitarian aid institutions. Serving as General Manager in national and international technology companies during his professional life, Dr. Kerem Kınık, is carrying out doctorate studies in the field of disaster medicine in the Bezmialem Foundation University. In 2015, he was elected as the Governing Board Member and then became the President of the Turkish Red Crescent. Dr. Kerem Kınık speaks English and Arabic.
Dr. Kınık has worked in many areas and companies related to his expertise. First, he worked as a doctor in the city of Amasya for a few years right after his graduation from the Istanbul University School of Medicine. Then, he was appointed as a Director of Health Department in İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality.
Along with this, he worked in private companies by occupying General Director Position. He works as consultant to the universities in the field of medicine and emergency-response in disasters. He also assisted World Humanitarian Summit in 2016 as a Preparation Commission Member.
He participated in enormous number of emergency operations around the world for more than twenty years. In 1995 during Kosovo war, he managed to transfer 40 trucks of Turkish Red Crescent, carrying humanitarian aid, into the city to help the vulnerable people. He led the first organization which reached Kashmir, Pakistan in 2005 after the major earthquake. He also went to Gaza, Palestine in in almost every war in order to respond to needs of innocent people. He undertook responsibility in establishing non-profit large hospitals called “Şifa Hospital” in Gaza and Mogadishu. Dr. Kınık took part in humanitarian operations in every part of the Africa as well.
Dr. Kinik has been actively involved in the foundation process of the Doctors World Wide and became the President of the Organization which operates throughout 40 countries carrying out hundreds of projects and providing medical aid. Dr. Kinik has made exceptional efforts in contributing to the development and expansion of DWW in Turkey in which It became the largest health association and is ranked 4th in terms of the scale of foreign aid operations.
He led the works towards contributing to the development and strengthening the capacity of the Least Developed Countries (LCDs Doctors World Wide), became the largest NGO existence in LCD. He ensured that that Somalia’s first female surgeon joined her male counterparts. He put exceptional efforts to establish a Vocational School of Health in Somalia.
Throughout both his professional and personal life, the principle of volunteerism has been the fundamental drive that has led Dr. Kinik in his actions. To his view, volunteerism is the key to the peaceful society. Along with his notion of volunteerism, his determination in advocating the principles in humanitarian diplomacy is very strong ın securing access to those in need. This determination could easily be observed in the delivery of assistance by sea to Gaza and Yemen and most notably in the permission received from the Myanmar authorities, which made the Turkish Red Crescent Society to become the only humanitarian aid organization to have the operational authorization in the Myanmar territory.
As the president of the Doctors World Wide, he had been the main actor in securing funds from the UN for the organization.
Moreover, as the vice president of the Green Crescent, he worked intensely to help those suffering from addiction.
He brought Electronic Document Management System to the society. In addition to that, SAP Integration and Quality Management Systems are also among the innovations brought by Dr. Kerem. He also played a prominent role on establishing Domestic Plasma Fractionation Factory.
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