On Monday night I welcomed Red Cross and Red Crescent delegates from 188 countries to Sydney for their General Assembly.
This is only the third time the General Assembly and Council of Delegates have met in the Southern Hemisphere.
Bushfires across Australia and typhoons in the Philippines and Vietnam have reminded us how vulnerable we all are to natural disasters.
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If you'd like to read my speech welcoming delegates to Sydney, please click here.