27ème Conférence
de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge

Promesses de don

Le Mouvement international de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge aura bénéficié de plusieurs occasions, durant les douze mois qui séparent le 8 mai 1999 du 8 mai 2000 - journées mondiales de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge -, de même que lors des journées du 50ème anniversaire des Conventions de Genève et de la 27ème Conférence internationale, pour se rassembler et promouvoir l'ensemble de ses programmes et de ses opérations sous un même slogan:

Croix-Rouge, Croissant-Rouge: le pouvoir de l'humanité

Le Mouvement a identifié quatre objectifs majeurs pour l'Année du Millénaire (8 mai 1999 - 8 mai 2000):

  • Promouvoir les valeurs et l'action de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge à travers le monde,
  • Positionner la Croix-Rouge et le Croissant-Rouge dans un monde en constante évolution, proposer une nouvelle définition des responsabilité de chacune des composantes du Mouvement, en soulignant l'importance cruciale des principes et du Droit humanitaires,
  • Développer des campagnes pour qu'évoluent et soient appliqués les principes et le Droit international humanitaires,
  • Engager le Mouvement internatonal de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge, convaincre toujours plus de partenaires, pour qu'ils s'engagent à leur tour, afin de répondre aux enjeux humanitaires du prochain millénaire.

Pledges: Red Cross Red Crescent Commitment

The new millennium challenges the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement to plan and pledge commitment to the future. In this respect, pledging can be considered as a means of turning goodwill into commitment for support, for resources, for ideas, for action. Calling for pledges from within and outside the Red Cross Red Crescent can strengthen relations and establish new links.

Each National Society, as well as the International Federation and the ICRC will individually and collectively make their pledges to the future, and these will be presented at the 27th International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent. The scope of the pledges will be broad as each component of the Movement recognises its own capacity and the needs the communities it serves. Some pledges will be very specific, such as a Society pledging to train 2,000 first aiders within one year, others will be in respect of more general and long-term aspirations.

Categories of pledges will include:

  • Recruiting and motivating new members and volunteers from all levels and sectors of society
  • Establishing new or strengthening existing programmes and projects to better serve the needs of the most vulnerable
  • Strengthening the legal basis and increasing the capacity for Red Cross Red Crescent action at national and international levels
  • Building partnerships with others to ensure more efficient and ethical humanitarian action in emergency response operations
  • Designing and carrying out training and dissemination of humanitarian law and humanitarian values with a view to influencing the behaviour of individuals and groups

Pledges: Commitment from others

Each National Society, the International Federation and the ICRC with work with their existing partners and contacts to encourage them to make pledges to meet the humanitarian challenges of the future. These pledges might include:

  • increased support and resources for the Red Cross Red Crescent within their own communities and countries
  • improved working agreements and co-operation during operations
  • further recognition of the importance of Red Cross and Red Crescent as a grass-roots organisation and their role in providing the most basic needs at the community level.

In this respect, pledges may be expected from:

Just as the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement will present its pledges to the future at the 27th International Conference, so too could the Government consider and pledge their own commitment to humanitarian action in the new millennium. This may be in respect of one or more of the three themes of the Plan of Action, namely: the protection of victims of armed conflict; humanitarian response; the relationship between the Movement and States and the promotion of humanitarian principles.

Specific pledges could also be made with respect to strengthening the laws and ensuring protection for the red cross and red crescent emblems in order that they may continue to provide protection for those in need and for those providing the assistance.

Corporate Sector:
Recognising that the public image of a company or organisation is important, and that multinationals themselves are accepting they have a responsibility to give back to the communities they work in and profit from, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is working to provide opportunities for the corporate sector to be more involved at the international and at national and local levels in humanitarian action.

Specific pledges can be in the form of support for new programmes areas, for training and conferences organised by Red Cross Red Crescent, for publications and communications, and for specific preparedness or emergency operations.

In this increasingly complex and inter-related world, many individuals are looking for ways in which they can make a meaningful and effective contribution to some of the world's problems and challenges. The Red Cross and Red Crescent are developing ways in which individuals through their ideas, support and action can contribute to increased humanitarian action in the new millennium.

Specific pledges may be in terms of financial resources, in man-hours and specific skills and expertise offered on a volunteers basis, or for action and lending a hand when operations call for local community and international participation.

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