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HRH Princess Margriet of the Netherlands

The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is embarking on the new millennium with renewed commitment to its humanitarian work. One key change, which all members of the Movement will see, is a new emblem to stand alongside the existing ones.
This additional emblem should start to appear early in 2001. It will make many things possible, and will correct some problems that have been with us for many years. One of these has been legal obstacles to the entry into the Movement of those National Societies unable to use either the red cross or the red crescent as their primary humanitarian emblem.

The additional emblem will remove the problem, and the National Societies of Israel and Kazakhstan will soon be able to take their places as full participants in our Movement. Other countries which have difficulty using the existing emblems will also be able to use the new one if they wish. Most societies will, of course, want to retain the emblem they are now using.

It will, however, be possible for countries using an existing emblem to make temporary use of the new one. This will usually happen when international work is being done in places where their emblem is not well understood. This is occurring more and more, because it is now common for societies to have large work pro-grammes outside their own countries, and often in places where the locally known emblem is different from the one they carry.

So the special benefits of the additional emblem are its capacity to be used flexibly and the achievement of true universality, making this development one of the most striking examples of the way our Movement is keeping pace with the times. It is maintaining its place as the world's foremost humanitarian network, and remaining committed to its Fundamental Principles and humanitarian values.

HRH Princess Margriet of the Netherlands
Chairman, Standing Commission of the Red Cross and Red Crescent

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