150 Years of Humanitarian Action


One hundred and fifty years ago, at the Geneva International Conference of 26-29 October 1863, an ambitious idea took shape as a worldwide humanitarian network – known today as the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement – was created.

The 150th anniversary of this event provides an opportunity not only to reflect on and learn from our past actions but also to look to the future.

In keeping with the theme of “150 years of humanitarian action”, the Council of Delegates set to take place in Sydney on 17-18 November 2013 will review the challenges currently facing humanitarian work and set priorities for future activities of the Movement.

In order to give all members of the Movement an opportunity to express their views, a dedicated Facebook group  has been set up to serve as a forum for discussion for the youth, volunteers and staff of National Societies, the ICRC and the International Federation on the importance, relevance and impact of our seven Fundamental Principles.

For more details and to consult ICRC archive photos and videos, please refer to the 150 years of humanitarian action web page.