Information for Delegates
Message from the Chairman of the Standing Commission
In the name of the members of the Standing Commission of the
Red Cross and Red Crescent, I should like to welcome you most
cordially to the 27th International Conference of the Red Cross
and Red Crescent here in Geneva. We are thankful to the Swiss
Government and to the city of Geneva for their generous and
constant support in the realisation of this Conference.
Geneva is the city which proudly bears the name of the Conven-tions
which are the international cornerstone of humanitarian work.
This year we are commemorating the 50th anniversary of the
Geneva Conventions, which, together with our Movement's Fun-damental
Principles, are the basis in the day to day work to sel-flessly
help those in need. Humanitarian action has proved its
worth to millions from all walks of life who have seen for themselves
its unmeasurable contributions.
This conference is our opportunity to immerse ourselves in the
needs of those who depend on that action. It is up to us to ensure
that humanitarian work is better understood, and that the tools we
have to assist those in need are appropriate. Our challenge in the
week ahead is to find solutions for people who count on our help.
This is a conference about people, not paper. I wish you success in
making it fruitful.
Princess Margriet of the Netherlands
Chairman of the Standing Commission
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