Daily Brief logo

Good morning, this is Michelle. As the world honours the work of over 16 million Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers worldwide today, we spoke with someone with the huge responsibility of explaining what they do and the values they stand for at a time when trust in global institutions is waning.

One place also grappling with such existential questions is Geneva as a global hub for peacemaking. And the UN says Israel has cut off Gaza from outside aid.

photo journaliste

Michelle Langrand


On our radar

Photo article

Tommaso Della Longa, IFRC spokesperson, at the organisation's headquarters in Geneva on 6 May 2024. (Geneva Solutions/Michelle Langrand)

‘Something is missing’: Speaking for the Red Cross in a polarised world. Explain, tell stories, raise awareness, relate the facts. The work of Tommaso Della Longa couldn’t sound simpler. But when you’re speaking on behalf of a 16 million-strong humanitarian network, no task is that simple. As the meaning of neutrality and humanitarian principles are increasingly questioned in sensitive humanitarian contexts such as Gaza and Ukraine, the spokesperson and manager of the media unit of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has to choose his words carefully.

Geneva Solutions

Here's what else is happening

GS news is a new media project covering the world of international cooperation and development. Don’t hesitate to forward our newsletter!

Have a good day!

Avenue du Bouchet 2
1209 Genève