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The Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
ICRC 2014

Humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality: these seven Fundamental Principles sum up the Movement’s ethics and are at the core of its approach to helping people in need during armed conflict, natural disasters and other emergencies. This eight-page pamphlet explains how the principles unite the components of the Movement and enable them to provide effective, unbiased assistance to people in need. They are mandatory rules of conduct that the Movement’s components are required to follow at all times, and states must respect this necessity.

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

Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Training Kit
IFRC 2014

The Climate Training Kit provides a range of training products to enhance the capacity of Movement staff and volunteers to engage communities on the issue of climate change. Produced by the Red Cross and Red Crescent Climate Centre, based in the Netherlands, the interactive modules contain exercises, games, film clips, presentations, reading material , and examples from numerous Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies. Download at:

Available in English

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in the Pacific: Rising to the challenge

The countries of the Pacific region are richly diverse in terms of culture, development, infrastructure, location, social dynamics and resources. From vast Australia to recently independent Palau and the many islands of French Polynesia, each nation faces its own challenges. Political and economic security, access to services, geographical remoteness, natural resource management, population growth and environmental degradation are all factors that influence development outcomes for communities in the Pacific region.

Available in English

The Global Water and Sanitation Initiative 2005–2025
IFRC 2014

The Red Cross Red Crescent Global Water and Sanitation Initiative promotes a common but adaptable approach among National Red Cross Red Crescent Societies to establish large-scale, long-term sustainable water and sanitation programmes. It aims to advance efforts in scaling up equitable, sustainable and affordable access to water and sanitation services for all and thus contribute towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

Available in English


Protect health care poster series
ICRC 2014

The young man shown in this vivid, four-colour poster survived because both police and protesters gave access to Red Cross volunteers during a riot. This is just one of the stories told in the new set of five Health Care in Danger posters released by the ICRC. Based on real cases, the posters show that even during armed violence, it is still possible to ensure safe access to health care and save lives. The posters are part of the Health Care in Danger campaign aimed at improving both access to health care and the safety of health-care delivery. They follow an earlier series that showed the devastating consequences when health-care workers are not respected and people cannot access health care.

Available in English and French


ICRC cooperation delegate
ICRC 2014

This 5-minute video clip shows how, when ICRC sometimes teams up with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in the field, the cooperation delegate is there to make sure that, in difficult situations, the ICRC, IFRC and National Societies are all working closely together and towards the same goals.

Available in English and French

Madagascar: Plague-free prisons
ICRC 2013

It might be supposed that the plague has been eradicated from the planet, but it is still rife in countries like the Democratic Republic of the Congo or Madagascar. This ten-minute film shows the efforts being made by the ICRC and its local partners to prevent an outbreak of plague in Malagasy prisons where overcrowding and unsanitary conditions would help this highly contagious disease to spread like wildfire.

Available in English, French and Malagasy

Risk Zones (app)
Finnish Red Cross 2014

It is impossible to achieve sustainable development and a permanent reduction in poverty unless we are able to manage the impacts of various risks on the lives of the most vulnerable people. This is the premise of a new computer and smart phone software application, launched by the Finnish Red Cross. The app explains, with colourful imagery, which parts of the world are affected by war, disease or natural disasters. How do they affect the lives of people and what can the Red Cross Red Crescent do to help? Download the Risk Zones tablet application free of charge from any app store.

Available in English, Finnish and Swedish

Safer Access practical resource pack (CD-ROM)
ICRC 2014

The materials in the Safer Access  practical resource pack CD-ROM have been created with and for National Societies to help them carry out their humanitarian work in challenging circumstances. This CD-ROM includes an interactive guide for National Societies, three National Society case studies and nine National Society experiences, a print-ready Safer Access poster, a graphics package and flyers in four languages, among other tools. The pack also includes ‘Staying alive’, which provides guidance on safety and security guidelines in conflict areas.

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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