In the period from 17-20 May, 2017 Mr. Branko Leko, Secretary General of the Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Ms. Žaklina Ninković, a Coordinator for International Relations and Assistant to Secretary General attended a meeting of the European network for the development of volunteering (ENDOV) of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, which was organized by the German Red Cross at its headquarters in Berlin.
Support for travel and accommodation of RCSBIH delegation in Berlin was provided by ENDOV Secretariat ENDOV's. The meeting was attended by NS representatives from the following countries: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Finland, Holland, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Norway, Germany, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and representatives of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) from its headquarters in Geneva, and the president of the European Youth Coordination Committee.
The main topics discussed during the meeting were: Capacity building for volunteer leadership and new minimum standards, IFRC course of activities related to psychosocial support from 2003, IFRC Global Plan of Action related volunteering, with presentations of their work with volunteers and examples of good practice from Danish, Norwegian and British Red Cross. It was also a great opportunity to share experiences as well as materials and resources necessary for the work with volunteers. During the meeting, the participants were addressed by Mr. Johannes Richter, Deputy Secretary General of the German Red Cross. During a break of the conference, RCSBIH representatives held a brief meeting with Mr. Johannes Richter and Mrs. Metchild Richter, Head of International Cooperation department and Mrs. Jute Hermens from the Tracing Service of the German Red Cross. They also took this opportunity to express gratitude to the German Red Cross for their long-term support and cooperation with RCSBIH (especially during and after major natural disasters), and invited German Red Cross to visit RCSBIH on the occasion of RCSBIH Technical service moving into its building – a national monument.