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

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 ICRC for the Federation
Emergency Response Units
Federation, 1999

This brochure highlights the vital role emergency response units (ERUs) have come to play in disaster response. ERUs are comprised of self-contained teams of professionals and pre-packed sets of standardized equipment. The unit can be operational within one week of deployment. Basic health care, hospital facilities, water and sanitation, and telecommunications are some of the seven different types of units that exist. This brochure raises awareness of the central place ERUs occupy in the Federation's disaster response strategy.

Available from the Federation in English, French and Spanish.
50th anniversary medal

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions, the ICRC and the Swiss firm Intermünzen in Bettlach have produced a commemorative medal. The limited edition medal is in gold or silver. On 12 August 1999, the anniversary date, ICRC President Cornelio Sommaruga presented a gold medal to each of the 12 prominent world figures signatories of the Solemn Appeal to the peoples, nations and governments of the world in which they have asked states to reiterate "their refusal to see the unprecedented horrors of the Second World War repeated".

The gold medals are numbered. Buyers will receive a certificate of authenticity signed by the ICRC president.

For more information, contact REX/PRO at ICRC or visit the web site at
CD-ROM on International Humanitarian Law (IHL)
ICRC, 1999

This CD-ROM on international humanitarian law (IHL), produced by the ICRC, is bilingual (English and French). It contains: 91 treaties and other documents on the law on the conduct of hostilities and the law on the protection of victims of war dating from 1856 to the present; the commentaries on the four Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their 1977 Additional Protocols; an up-to-date list of the states which have signed, ratified, acceded or seceded from these treaties, as well as the full text of reservations, declarations and objections thereto, as at 31 December 1998, and for the first time, in the 'National Implementation' section, examples of laws and regulations, as well as national case law (in English) for 20 countries.

Available from the ICRC in English and French, Sfr. 49.
The People on War Report
ICRC worldwide consultation on the rules of war
ICRC and Greenberg Research, Inc., 1999

To mark the 50th anniversary of the modern Geneva Conventions (on 12 August 1999), the ICRC launched its People on War project with the aim of building greater respect for fundamental humanitarian principles. At centre stage is a worldwide consultation giving the general public a chance to air their views on the many facets of war. The ICRC commissioned Greenberg Research, Inc. to design a research programme that would enable people to be heard in the most effective way. Under the guidance of Greenberg Research, ICRC staff and Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers carried out this consultation in 12 countries. Surveys on the basis of a questionnaire only were conducted in further five countries.

Available from the ICRC in English, French and Spanish.

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