Bulletin No. 851

Policy on ICRC Cooperation with National Societies

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According to the Statutes of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the primary role and mandate of National Societies is to carry out humanitarian activities in their own countries. In addition, within the scope of their resources, they bring aid internationally to victims of various types of emergencies; they do so through the National Society of the country concerned, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) or the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. They also contribute to the development of other National Societies which require such assistance, in order to strengthen the Movement as a whole. International activities of the components of the Movement are organized in accordance with the Geneva Conventions, the Movement's Statutes and the relevant resolutions adopted by the Movement's statutory bodies, in particular the Agreement on the Organization of the International Activities of the Components of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (“Seville Agreement”, 1997) and the Strategy for the Movement (adopted by the Council of Delegates in 2001).

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