since Henry Dunant wrote Memories of Solferino, humanitarian
action has had two fronts: direct relief and diplomatic
action. As the Movement meets with governments during the
31st International Conference in Geneva in November, humanitarian
diplomacy takes on international humanitarian law, health
care, nuclear weapons, disaster law, support for National
Societies, protection of volunteers and more. In the field,
humanitarian diplomacy means speaking up for the vulnerable
in the halls of power. Our coverage begins in Addis Ababa,
Ethiopia, with a story about Movement diplomacy at the
art of persuasion
The dynamic team at the Australian Red
Cross engages government, donors and the public
in vital social issues without getting caught up
in politics of the day.
The tragic confluence of conflict and prolonged
drought has made the food insecurity crisis in the Horn
of Africa one of the Movement’s most difficult
humanitarian and diplomatic challenges: how to provide
millions of people with live-saving aid while advocating
for long-term, locally based food solutions?
Banning the bomb
The nuclear brinksmanship of the Cold War may be over,
but worries over proliferation of nuclear weapons are
creating a new opportunity for diplomacy towards their
prohibition and eventual elimination. The Movement
is playing a central role in the debate.
Disaster preparedness Unnatural disasters Oil spills, radiation leaks, chemical
fires - these are just a few of the man-made emergencies that National Societies
sometimes confront. In the wake of the Fukushima nuclear emergency, Red Cross
Red Crescent magazine asked IFRC president Tadateru Konoé what the Movement
should do to better prepare for technological disasters.
The first Geneva Convention
Voices of the Arab Spring
As political turmoil and conflict continue
to reshape societies throughout North Africa and
the Middle East, Red Crescent National Societies
have also had to redefine themselves as governments
fell and National Societies were pushed to the
limits of their capacity.
care in danger
Iraq’s forgotten victims
Care along the Caguan In remote areas of Colombia,
ICRC teams travel by boat on the Caguan River to
deliver health care to vulnerable communities in
areas plagued by armed violence. Some people in
these isolated river towns say they feel as if
they “have no right to get sick”.
Bridging the digital divide
When it comes to digital technology among National
Societies, there is a big gap between the ‘haves’ and
the ‘have-nots’. Nonetheless, some National
Societies are doing a lot with a little, while the
IFRC hopes to bridge the divide. A story in a chart.
A summary of Red Cross and Red Crescent activities around
How to ensure respect for the rules of war?
By Louise Arbour