July 10, 2013 | SOI General: Headquarters

Agreement with Red Cross and Red Crescent

By Karl Hejlik

Dr. Timothy P. Shriver, Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics (left), and the Honorable Bekele Geleta, Secretary-General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies sign the partnership agreement. Photo by @IFRC

At a special ceremony today at the headquarters of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Geneva, Switzerland, Dr. Timothy P. Shriver, Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics, and the Honorable Bekele Geleta, Secretary-General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), pledged to work together to advance the rights and dignity of people with intellectual disabilities and to integrate this marginalized population into the larger global development agenda.

Through this partnership, the IFRC and Special Olympics hope to empower children and adults with intellectual disabilities most at risk in developing nations through community-based activities in the areas of youth activation, health and advocacy.

About Karl Hejlik: I am Senior Manager, Health and Research Communications for Special Olympics.
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