The 21st General Assembly of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies started its work on 6 November 2017 in Antalya city of Turkey. The representatives from 190 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies which are members of the International Federation attended the General Assembly. Elections of a new IFRC president, vice presidents and the Governing Board members took place at the General Assembly. It should be mentioned that presidents of the Red Cross Societies of Italy, Norway, Sweden and president of the Red Crescent Society of Jordan nominated their candidature for the presidency of the International Federation. President of the Red Cross Society of Italy Mr. Francesco Rocca was elected the new President of the IFRC by his peers from 178 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies that were present at the IFRC General Assembly. The new President of the International Federation Mr. Francesco Rocca got 98 votes at the election. To the posts of vice-president of the International Federation were elected: from Europe region President of the Turkish Red Crescent Dr.Kerem Kinik, from Americas region Vice-President of the Red Cross Society of Venezuela Miguel Angel Villarroel, from Asia region President of the Red Cross Society of China Chen Zhu and from Africa region President of the Red Cross Society of Senegal Abdoul Azize Diallo.
The following National Red Cross and Red Crescent Society were elected as the new members of the Governing Board of the International Federation: the Libyan Red Crescent, the Nigerian Red Cross Society, Ethiopian Red Cross Society, Zimbabwe Red Cross Society, Congolese Red Cross, the Spanish Red Cross, Danish Red Cross, the British Red Cross, the Croatian Red Cross, Red Cross Society of Georgia, Fiji Red Cross Society, the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, Red Crescent Society of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Republic of Korea National Red Cross, Red Cross Society of Argentina, Haitian National Red Cross Society, the Honduran Red Cross, the Canadian Red Cross, Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross, the Palestine Red Crescent.
A delegation of the Azerbaijan Red Crescent composed of President of the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society Dr.Novruz Aslanov and the Executive Secretary of the AzRC Jeyhun Mirzayev, a member of the Governing Board Baylar Talibov and Head of the International Relations department of the AzRC Naila Omarova congratulated the newly elected IFRC President and Vice-Presidents and members of the Governing Board on the occasion of their election and wished them every success in their noble humanitarian missions.
During the IFRC General Assembly President of the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society Dr.Novruz Aslanov hold meetings and discussions with presidents of several National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The Delegation of the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society also attended Gala Dinner organized by the Turkish Red Crescent Society.