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Building resilient communities in a changing climate
IFRC 2012

Climate change poses formidable challenges to the humanitarian community. This brochure highlights key facts and principles of the IFRC’s and National Societies’ responses to this changing situation.

Available in Arabic, English, French and Spanish

Principles in action in Lebanon
ICRC 2013

Using examples provided by the Lebanese Red Cross, this case study demonstrates how crucial the application of the Fundamental Principles, in tandem with uniform strategies based on the Safer Access Framework, has been in making it safer for the National Society to provide emergency medical services throughout Lebanon — in circumstances complicated by armed conflict, internal disturbances and other emergencies, and by the existence of groups with a broad range of religious affiliations.

Available in English

Haiti earthquake
Three-year progress report
IFRC 2013

Millions of lives were shattered by the 2010 earthquake but the Haitian population has shown incredible resilience. This report spans Red Cross Red Crescent operations from January 2010 to November 2012, with a focus on the third year of operations. During the past 12 months, programmes have continued to help people to leave camps and regain their independence and the Red Cross Red Crescent has worked hand in hand with local communities.

Available in English, French and Spanish

Maternal, newborn and child health framework
IFRC 2013

This framework provides guidance and direction to National Societies, their programme managers and all other parties involved in the planning, design and implementation of programmes and interventions in maternal, reproductive, newborn and child health.

Available in English

Investing in Africa
African solutions to Africa’s challenges
IFRC 2012

At a time when Africa has become synonymous with growth and opportunity, leaders of the Red Cross Red Crescent in Africa met in Addis Ababa to promote investing in the continent and its people. African National Societies are eager to look beyond dependency on foreign aid and take control of their own development.

Available in English and French

Summary of the Geneva Conventions of August
1949 and their Additional Protocols
ICRC 2012

This summary for all categories of readers offers a straightforward, concise explanation of the Geneva Conventions of August 1949 and their Additional Protocols of 1977 and 2005. The summary also includes reference to all relevant articles.

Available in Arabic, English, French, Portuguese and Spanish



150 Years of humanitarian action

Movement celebrations of the ICRC’s 150th anniversary do not just focus on the past. In fact, the ICRC is using the occasion to spark a global conversation about present and future humanitarian challenges. To help get the discussion going, the ICRC is offering conversation points via a new internet resource at Among other things, the 150 Years of Humanitarian Action campaign site includes an interactive historical timeline, links to recordings of debates and discussions about humanitarian challenges, and an archive room where photos, letters, videos and audio interviews from past actions around the world can be seen, listened to or downloaded.

Available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese and Spanish


DR Congo: war surgery — healing the horror
ICRC 2013

In the Kivus, the ICRC is evacuating war wounded and helping with heavy surgical operations. Emergency treatment is restricted by limited access to conflict zones, a devastated primary health-care network and direct threats to both wounded and medical staff. Despite these challenges, more than 200 war wounded have received treatment by ICRC surgical teams in  Goma since mid-November 2012.
Second in our four-part series on DR Congo.

Available in English


Silent disasters
IFRC 2013

A comfortable, happy family eats dinner while in the corner of the dining room, a woman stands shivering and wet. The woman cries out for help but the family continues to eat, not hearing her pleas. This provocative image comes from a new video and TV spot that is part of IFRC’s campaign — with 11 European National Societies and the European Union — to bring attention to so called silent or under-reported disasters. To see the full range of videos in the silent disasters campaign, visit the IFRC’s YouTube channel.

Treaties and commentaries database and national implementation database —
December 2012

ICRC 2013

This CD version includes two databases. The database of national implementation measures provides examples of legislation and jurisprudence from countries around the world. The other database is a compilation of international humanitarian law treaties and documents showing the current status of signatures and ratifications. The CD is updated periodically for the databases.

Available in English

International Federation materials are available from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, P.O. Box 372, CH-1211 Geneva 19, Switzerland. for the Federation

  ICRC materials are available from the International Committee of the Red Cross, 19 avenue de la Paix, CH-1202 Geneva, Switzerland. for the ICRC

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