PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Distribution President of MERCY Malaysia elected as Chair of the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA) Kuala Lumpur, March 12th, 2015 - MERCY Malaysia’s President - Dato’ Dr Ahmad Faizal Mohd Perdaus holds the position as the new Chair of the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA) elected at the 16th General Assembly held in Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG) on 9th March 2015. This assembly convenes every three years where the Chair and Board are elected. The prestigious position brings forth a double recognition not only to MERCY Malaysia, but also to Malaysia as a country. It is, in fact, the first time that the Chair position is held by a representative of a small NGO in the Global South of the developing world and is a nonwestern country since ICVA was founded in 1962, which makes it the world’s oldest NGO consortia. Consequently, this also means that MERCY Malaysia will be a permanent member of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), the highest policy-making and direction setting body in the international humanitarian world. “I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity and wish to extend my sincere thanks for the hard work and contribution that has been done over the years in MERCY Malaysia. It is indeed a great step forward for our country and MERCY Malaysia. I am honoured yet greatly humbled to take on the Chair position and will endeavour to effectively execute my role and support the priority objectives of the International Council of Voluntary Agencies to the best of my abilities”, said Dato’ Dr Faizal. Other ASEAN representatives elected to the board includes Mr Anoop Sukumaran from Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) in Thailand and Mr Vladimir Hernandez from Community and Family Services International (CFSI) in Philippines. The ICVA 2015 General Assembly represents an important opportunity for ICVA members to reflect on the previous year, and convene in the lead up to the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit (WHS). The conference discussed the value and implementation of the Principles of Partnership that was introduced by the Global Humanitarian Platform (GHP) in 2007. The Principles of Partnership (Equality, Transparency, Results-Oriented Approach, Responsibility and Complementarity) is a framework of guiding principles for humanitarian agencies to factor into their operations. Ends. For more information, please contact: Jillian Louis, Communications Officer, MERCY Malaysia E: [email protected] T:+603-21422007 (Ext:244) F:+603-2142 1992 M:+6012 313 1229 Megawati Md. Rashidi, General Manager, Communications & Fundraising E: [email protected] T: T: 6-03-2142 2007 F: 6-03-2142 1992 M: 6-019-314 0062 ______________######______________ About MERCY Malaysia MERCY Malaysia is a non-profit organisation focusing on providing medical relief, sustainable health-related development and risk reduction activities for vulnerable communities in both crisis and non-crisis situations. MERCY Malaysia recognises the value of working with partners and volunteers as well as providing opportunities for individuals to serve with professionalism. We uphold the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster Relief and hold ourselves accountable to our donors and beneficiaries. As a non-profit organisation, MERCY Malaysia relies solely on funding and donations from organisations and generous individuals to continue our services to provide humanitarian assistance to our beneficiaries. For more information, please visit www.mercy.org.my How is MERCY Malaysia funded? To ensure independence and impartiality, MERCY Malaysia relies on donations from the general public for financial support. A portion of our income is obtained from institutional donors, individual government grants and other international organizations, which are given on project basis. MERCY Malaysia spends 80% if its income in carrying out its relief operations and support. Important Note to Media: Usage of Wordmark MERCY Malaysia In order to avoid confusion with other organisation(s) that uses “Mercy” as the organisation’s name or part of the organisation’s name, please take note that in addressing the name of our organisation, the wordmark for MERCY Malaysia is with capitalised “MERCY”, followed by the word “Malaysia”. When describing the organisation, the term “MERCY Malaysia” must always be used in full, and should not be partially referred to as “MERCY”, or “Mercy”. Thank you for your cooperation.
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