A volunteer or representative of the Red Cross Red Crescent is often the first point of contact for those in crisis. Italian Red Cross/IFRC
The international Red Cross Red Crescent Movement was yesterday awarded the 2012 Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation. The Prince of Asturias Awards are given to individuals, groups or institution working in scientific, technical, cultural, social and humanitarian fields, and the award for International Cooperation is conferred on those who make a siginificant international contribution in health, education, environmental protection and social or economic development.
Tadateru Konoé, President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said he was honoured to accept the award on behalf of the 187 National Societies and 13 million volunteers who worked to bring relief and comfort to vulnerable people around the world. “Through our humanitarian work, we aim to strengthen community resilience, respond to disasters and foster a culture of peace around the world,” he said. “This recognition of our work from the Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation is a great honour which we are proud to share with our Movement partners.”
Awards were also presented to individuals working in literature, architecture, social sciences, technical and scientific research and culture.
The Prince of Asturias Foundation was founded in Oviedo, Spain in 1980. The annual awards was established at the same time to recognize outstanding cultural, humanitarian and scientific achievements.