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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

"New web portal calls on public to address serious humanitarian challenges," International Committee of the Red Cross, April 8, 2009.

[Here is a bizarre and painful irony. The important and exciting website that this press release announces requires the new 64-bit Flash Player 10 upgrade. No Flash Player 10, no website. If you don't happen to have a 64-bit screamer on your desktop (or lap), you may have to wait until after the economic crisis is over before you are technologically eligible to make a difference. -jlt]

Geneva (ICRC/IFRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) are launching a joint online initiative on 8 April to raise awareness of the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges and to show what individuals are doing to make a meaningful difference.

The new web portal,, puts the spotlight on the human cost of wars, climate change, displacement, disease, food insecurity and forgotten crises.

It also invites members of the public to post videos and photos, and write about what they are doing to help others.

The online gateway features images from award-winning photographers such as James Nachtwey and Ron Haviv, personal accounts from conflict and disaster survivors, and a wealth of ideas for anyone looking for ways to be involved.

  "We hope to generate a lot of excitement around what we do and why it matters, and encourage people to join us in taking action in their communities, and to make a difference in the lives of people around them.”
Pierre Kremer,
Head of communications

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Chrystal Ocean said...

I hate Flash. Wish they'd not tried to make things fancy and left well enough alone. Site should be accessible to everyone, not just people with the means to have the latest tech tools.

Jo Vargas said...
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Jo Vargas said...

Dear World Report.

I'm the artchitect of at Saatchi & Saatchi Simko for the IFRC/ICRC and are happy to annonce that a Flash 9 version is soon on-line.

You can already turn the world into a better place by contributing to the 7 languages blogs at

Thank you for your support, Our world need all of us !

Kind regards.

Jo Vargas