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International Committee of the Red Cross

ICRC
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) 19 avenue de la Paix CH-1202 Geneva
Tel: 
(+41 22) 734 60 01
Fax: 
(+41 22) 733 20 57
Description
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and independent organization dedicated to protecting the lives and dignity of the victims of war and internal violence. The ICRC is at the origin of both the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and of international humanitarian law, notably the Geneva Conventions.
Organization: 
Special status
Established: 
1863
Staff: 
over 800 at headquarters; over 11,000 worldwide; presence in almost 80 countries
Chief/Director: 
President: Jakob Kellenberger
Activities: 
In situations of armed conflict, the ICRC focuses its activities on:
  • health and relief;
  • restoring and maintaining family links;
  • visits to people deprived of their freedom;
  • the protection of the civilian population;
  • the promotion of international humanitarian law and preventive action;
  • humanitarian diplomacy;
  • legal work;
  • the provision of an advisory service on International Humanitarian Law.

While carrying out its activities the ICRC pays close attention to environmental factors and their impacts on people affected by armed conflict. The ICRC is concerned by the possible negative impacts of armed conflict on the environment and works to raise awareness of the relevant provisions of international humanitarian law.

Cooperation: 
The ICRC cooperates closely with the Geneva-based International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies worldwide. It also maintains close contacts with UN agencies and NGOs.
Publications: 
relating to the ICRC and international humanitarian law can be found on the website.
Keywords: 
conventions
disasters
health
human settlements
law
poverty
public awareness
refugees & IDPs
reconstruction
war & conflict
gender