Cover Story

Words into action

Following the promises and commitments of the Movement’s 2011 Statutory Meetings in Geneva, the focus now shifts to putting words into action. How do we best implement international humanitarian law on the ground? Our coverage starts in the Philippines, where the ICRC and the Philippine Red Cross offer one model: a comprehensive approach towards the implemen-tation of IHL in an area of ongoing, internal conflict.

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More about the IHL resolution passed
at the 31st International Conference

Statutory Meetings
Words of change
More than 2,000 people came to Geneva, Switzerland in November to help set the course for future humanitarian action during the Movement’s 2011 Statutory Meetings. Youth leaders, for example, used the occasion to push for a greater role in humanitarian decision-making, while the Movement and states agreed on several vital resolutions to enhance humanitarian access, protection of vulnerable people and delivery of aid.

"People live here"
On a brick wall in Grozny, Chechnya, a faded, spray-painted message — perhaps dating back to the years of war in the 1990s — shouts a warning to combatants: “People live here”. It’s a plea from those within to be spared from the battle raging outside. Though the intense fighting of the 1990s has subsided, the message is as pertinent as ever.

Disaster response
Humanity 2.0
Red Cross Red Crescent magazine talks with digital humanitarian Patrick Meier about the evolving intersection between new technologies and humanitarian response.

Disaster relief
Forgotten flood
The phenomenon of forgotten disasters is not unique to developing countries. The 2011 floods in Minot, North Dakota in the American Midwest, are a case in point.

Guest editorial  
Valerie Amos, under-secretary-general and emergency relief coordinator for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, responsible for the oversight of all emergencies requiring UN humanitarian assistance.

Back cover
French artist Franck Bouroullec creates a portrait of Herny Dunant.

Humanitarian values
Lessons in the sand
One year since the crisis in Libya began, the Movement continues to provide aid to thousands of vulnerable people still living in limbo in camps at the Libyan–Tunisian border. What have been some of the key lessons learned? The Tunisian Red Crescent’s Hafedh Ben Miled offers the insights of a volunteer who has worked on the front lines since the beginning.

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Fundamental Principles in action
An iterview with the Egyptian Red Crescent Society's Amal Emam on putting neutrality to the test in Cairo's Tahrir Sqaure


Changing times,
big challenges

As Jakob Kellenberger prepares to step down after 12 years as president of ICRC this year, Red Cross Red Crescent magazine asked him to reflect on the challenges and the achievements of the past 12 years, as well as his concerns and hopes for the future of humanitarian action.

Natural disaster
The promise of shelter
Two years after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, thousands of families have been supported to leave camps, kick-start livelihoods and send their children to school. Nearly half a million vulnerable people are still living under canvas, plagued by violence, rain and floods and the threat of eviction. For these people, what happened to the promises of support and the billions of dollars raised?

In Brief
A summary of Red Cross and Red Crescent activities around the world.

Resources available from IFRC and ICRC, among others: Haiti earthquake 2010; Study on the use of the emblems; South Sudan: bringing abducted children home


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