27th International Conference
of the Red Cross and Red Crescent

POWER OF HUMANITY CONFERENCE OPENS IN GENEVA

Geneva, 26 October 1999

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is holding its Power of Humanity conference in Geneva from 31 October to 6 November. This unique gathering - the largest of its kind, brings to Geneva 176 Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies from around the world, government representatives from the 188 signatories to the Geneva Conventions and the leadership of the International Federation and ICRC.

It is an opportunity for people and governments from around the world, who share a common goal, to look at new ways of handling new challenges facing humanitarian actions today.

It is a conference with a difference. Held every four years, it gives the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement an important opportunity to discuss, debate and properly prepare itself for the challenges it will face in the new millennium. As a way of turning ideas into practice, and goodwill into humanitarian commitment, the conference will end with the adoption of a plan of action, a declaration and the publication of pledges by each of the National Societies and governments.

How can the rapid decline in the number of volunteers, the lifeblood of the Movement, be stopped or reversed? How can civilians be better protected from the consequences of war? How does the Movement respond to the changing nature of war and to the dangers those pose to its people in the field?

The plenary sessions and the fourteen workshops on these and other issues will be open to the media. Where - Centre International de Conférences de Genève (CICG) When - Opening Ceremonies begin at 16:30 on Sunday 31 October

Please fax accreditation requests before your arrival (41 22 740 0275 or 41 22 734 8280)

For further information, please contact:
Jòn Valfells, International Federation
Tel: 41 22 730 4374
Urs Boegli, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Tel: 41 22 730 2389
Françoise Derron, ICRC
Tel: 41 22 730 2915
Marie-Françoise Borel, International Federation
Tel: 41 22 730 4346

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