Declaration of the 27th International Conference of the Red
Cross and Red Crescent
“THE POWER OF HUMANITY”
The approach of a new century is a time for reflection. For the
Red Cross and Red Crescent, and the governments committed to the
Geneva Conventions, it is also a time for concern.
In spite of positive changes in recent decades, conflicts still
rage in many countries. Attacks on civilian populations and objects
are commonplace. Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced
to leave their homes. International humanitarian law is often flouted.
Highly destructive natural disasters continue to shatter the lives
of large numbers of people. New and old diseases cause widespread
suffering. Health services and social and economic systems struggle
to cope with increasing demands. The weakest around the world continue
to suffer most.
In the face of this we commit ourselves:
To bring real help and comfort, wherever it is needed, to save
and improve the lives of millions; to reinforce our collective commitment
to international humanitarian law;
To campaign for human dignity and the responsibility of each one
of us to help others, without discrimination, to mitigate the consequences
of disaster and war;
To support the millions of Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers
across the world who daily embody the humanitarian commitment.
“The power of humanity” is the strength of individual commitment
and the force of collective action. Both must be mobilized to relieve
suffering, ensure respect for human dignity and ultimately create
a more humane society.
To read the
PLAN OF ACTION FOR THE YEARS 2000 - 2003
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