Saturday, 7 May 2011

8 May 2011 - World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day

 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. The World Red Cross Day is celebrated every year on May 8 to emphasize the role of its members and volunteers .The global theme of this year is “Together for Humanity”.   The theme is chosen to draw attention to the need and power of partnerships of organizations. It also highlights the need for stronger local and global associations in facing the growing humanitarian challenges. On WorldRed Cross Day the American Red Cross give special focus on programs and activities to provide healthy and safe environment to the children around the world.

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