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International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is the world's largest group of humanitarian organisations.

Table of contents
1 Introduction
2 The Emblem Debate
3 National societies
4 See also
5 External link


The movement consists of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and 178 individual national societies.

On October 29, 1863 sixteen countries finished meeting in Geneva and agreed to form the International Red Cross.

The organization has more than 115 million volunteers.

The Emblem Debate

The Article 38 of the First Geneva Convention of August 12 1949 recognized three emblems for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement: The Red lion and sun has not been used since 1980.

The organisation is currently (as of 2003) facing the unwillingness of some nations to accept the Red Cross or the Red Crescent emblems. For this reason, it is proposed to create a new emblem which will be acceptable by all nations regardless of their culture or religion.

For more information, you may visit the following sections of the official website:

National societies

See also

External link