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1 Saving lives, changing minds. Welcome to the IFRC The International Red Cross Red and Red Crescent Movement The Red Cross Red Crescent Movement

2 Saving lives, changing minds. Welcome to the IFRC The International Red Cross Red and Red Crescent Movement What do you know about the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement?

3 Saving lives, changing minds. Welcome to the IFRC The International Red Cross Red and Red Crescent Movement Brief historic background 1859 Henry Dunant witnesses the aftermath of the Battle of Solferino in northern Italy 1863 International Committee for Relief of the Wounded (later ICRC) formed National Committees for Relief of Wounded Soldiers established 1864 Geneva Convention for the amelioration of the condition of the wounded in armies in the field 1899 The Hague Conventions - laws and customs of war on land 1919 League of Red Cross Societies (renamed IFRC in 1991) founded in Paris to improve public health following the First World War.

4 Saving lives, changing minds. Welcome to the IFRC The International Red Cross Red and Red Crescent Movement th anniversary since the Battle of Solferino, 90th anniversary of the IFRC, 60th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions The four Geneva Conventions are adopted covering wounded and sick, prisoners of war and civilians in enemy territories. Brief historic background

5 Saving lives, changing minds. Welcome to the IFRC The International Red Cross Red and Red Crescent Movement The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement 187 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies worldwide International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), founded in 1919 International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), founded in 1863

6 Saving lives, changing minds. Welcome to the IFRC The International Red Cross Red and Red Crescent Movement The Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement 1. Humanity - prevent and alleviate human suffering 2. Impartiality - non-discrimination and proportionality 3. Neutrality- retain credibility by not taking sides 4. Independence - autonomy with respect to all powers 5. Voluntary service - disinterested relief movement 6. Unity - only one National Society per country 7. Universality - equal rights for all National Societies

7 Saving lives, changing minds. Welcome to the IFRC The International Red Cross Red and Red Crescent Movement

8 Saving lives, changing minds. Welcome to the IFRC The International Red Cross Red and Red Crescent Movement National Societies  Are autonomous organisations  Follow local law, their own constitution and the government decree which created them  Are the only humanitarian organizations in each country that are auxiliaries to their governments  Are NOT non governmental organisations

9 Saving lives, changing minds. Welcome to the IFRC The International Red Cross Red and Red Crescent Movement Local Community level Intermediate level National level Management Governance Members/Volunteer committees / groups M V M V M V = volunteers V assistance representation Communicate needs M = members

10 Saving lives, changing minds. Welcome to the IFRC The International Red Cross Red and Red Crescent Movement National Societies provide services such as: Disaster response and recovery – to save lives and protect livelihoods  Early warning and emergency assessments  Relief supplies and clean water, food  First Aid & Health in emergency, hygiene promotion  Emergency shelter  Restoring family links Enabling healthy and safe living  Disaster risk reduction and resilience building  Community-based health and care  First aid training  Water, sanitation and hygiene promotion  Climate change adaptation

11 Saving lives, changing minds. Welcome to the IFRC The International Red Cross Red and Red Crescent Movement National Societies provide services such as: Promoting social inclusion and peace  Promotion of the practical application of the Fundamental Principles  Integration of disadvantaged people into their communities  Migrant and refugee services  Reduction of social and domestic violence

12 Saving lives, changing minds. Welcome to the IFRC The International Red Cross Red and Red Crescent Movement The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)  We are a secretariat that exists to provide support to and linkages between our 187 member National Societies  We provide international coordination services in response to large-scale disasters and health emergencies  We provide international representation, resource mobilization and advocacy  We support the capacity building of our National Societies

13 Saving lives, changing minds. Welcome to the IFRC The International Red Cross Red and Red Crescent Movement The International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC)  Relief to civilians and wounded combatants  Visit prisoners of war  Restore contact between family members  Remind warring parties of their responsibilities under the law of war ICRC supports National Societies in :  Relief to victims and wounded combatants  Educate the public and particular audiences on IHL

14 Saving lives, changing minds. Welcome to the IFRC The International Red Cross Red and Red Crescent Movement International Humanitarian Law  rules - restrictions on the use of weapons and methods of warfare  protects people who are not, or no longer, participating in war  protects human dignity  limit suffering during times of war

15 Saving lives, changing minds. Welcome to the IFRC The International Red Cross Red and Red Crescent Movement What are the three emblems?

16 Saving lives, changing minds. Welcome to the IFRC The International Red Cross Red and Red Crescent Movement

17 Saving lives, changing minds. Welcome to the IFRC The International Red Cross Red and Red Crescent Movement legally regulated under international and domestic law and are universally recognised as symbols that offer protection Emblems

18 Saving lives, changing minds. Welcome to the IFRC The International Red Cross Red and Red Crescent Movement Those protected by the emblems:  military medical personnel  military medical equipment (hospitals, ambulances)  chaplains attached to military forces  Red Cross Red Crescent personnel

19 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON RED CROSSE AND RED CRESCENT MOVEMENT IN THE PACIFIC PLEASE CONTACT: IFRC Pacific regional delegation AURELIA BALPE, HEAD OF DELEGATION TEL. : THIS PRESENTATION IS PUBLISHED BY INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF RED CROSS AND RED CRESCENT SOCIETIES P.O. BOX 372 CH-1211 GENEVA 19 SWITZERLAND TEL.: FAX.:


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