Dear esteemed audience!
As we bid farewell to 2023 and welcome the promise of a new year, I extend warm greetings to all on behalf of the Pakistan Red Crescent Society. In the spirit of unity, compassion, and resilience, let us embrace 2024 with hope and determination.
The specter of global warming is not a myth but a stark reality, casting its long shadow over our planet for decades. It presents challenges that are not merely for our generation but for the safety and protection of generations to come. Pakistan is on the 5th number on climate risk index.
The past year was marked by climate-induced challenges, coping with devastating floods that caused significant economic losses. Despite the hardships, hope endured, and today, the Pakistan Red Crescent Society continues its selfless efforts in flood-affected regions. During the Monsoon Floods of 2022 & 23, the Red Crescent served over 2.8 million affected individuals. Our collaborators, international donors, and partners, including the IFRC and Partner National Societies, played a commendable role, and we seek their continued support.
Apart from climate challenges, the world faces alarming issues such as food shortage, health concerns, diseases, waterborne diseases, migration, and displacement. PRCS is actively addressing these challenges, bringing revolutionary changes in our National Society through Digital Transformation, turning our offices into greenhouses, enhancing accuracy and transparency in our systems, empowering our staff and youth, conducting climate research, and strengthening partnerships at national and international levels.
We have served humanity without discrimination, guided by our Fundamental principles. This legacy continues today and will endure in the years to come.
Additionally, it’s crucial to address the escalating violence and humanitarian crisis in Gaza, as well as in war-torn and conflict zones worldwide, requiring immediate resolution. All states and humanitarian actors must fully engage in playing their part.
I would also like to extend my best wishes to the newly elected President of IFRC, Ms. Kate Forbes, and eagerly anticipate her dynamic and vibrant leadership in alleviating the suffering of vulnerable people globally.
In the upcoming year, let’s strengthen our resolve to support one another, especially those in need. Together, we can build a more resilient and compassionate society. May the new year bring health, happiness, and prosperity to every corner of the world.
Wishing you a fulfilling and peaceful year 2024.”
Sardar Shahid Ahmed Laghari
Pakistan Red Crescent Society