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About the International Committee of the Red Cross

The ICRC, established in 1863, works worldwide to provide humanitarian help for people affected by conflict and armed violence and to promote the laws that protect victims of war. An independent and neutral organization, its mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, it employs some 12,000 people in 80 countries; it is financed mainly by voluntary donations from governments and from national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies. Read full overview

Selected Topics All Who we are

  • 150 years of humanitarian action

    150 years ago, an ambitious idea became reality with the establishment of the ICRC and Relief Societies, known today as National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Shortly afterwards, the first international treaty of modern humanitarian law was adopted. To mark these cornerstones, we are highlighting the richness of our past and engaging our stakeholders in a global conversation about today's humanitarian challenges and how to make a real difference for people affected by ongoing and emerging humanitarian crises.


  • The mandate and mission of the ICRC

    The work of the ICRC is based on the Geneva Conventions of 1949, their Additional Protocols, its Statutes – and those of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement – and the resolutions of the International Conferences of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.


  • Virtual visit of our headquarters in Geneva

    We opened our doors to residents of the Geneva region a few months ago. It is now possible for anyone in the world, through Google maps, to take a virtual visit of the most famous rooms at our headquarters in Geneva: the Grand Salon for example, where we receive heads of state and other prominent people; the Committee Room, where the strategy and general objectives of the institution are decided, and the "red room", where we plan our actions in crisis situations.


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