The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement

From the town of Solferino an estimated 13,000 members of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement embark on a 8.6 kilometer torch-lit procession called the fiaccolta to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement.

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is the world's largest humanitarian network. The Movement is neutral and impartial, and provides protection and assistance to people affected by disasters and conflicts.

The Movement is made up of nearly 100 million members, volunteers and supporters in 190 National Societies. It has three main components:

As partners, the different members of the Movement support communities in becoming stronger and safer through a variety of development projects and humanitarian activities. The Movement also works in cooperation with governments, donors and other aid organizations to assist vulnerable people around the world.

The ICRC, the Federation and the National Societies are independent bodies. Each has its own individual status and exercises no authority over the others.

Setting the humanitarian agenda

The different Movement partners meet regularly to discuss common issues and share best practices.

Every four years, the different members of the Movement hold talks with representatives of the states party to the Geneva Conventions at the International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent. The Conference is the Movement's highest deliberative body and offers an opportunity to examine cross-cutting priorities and challenges.

The Standing Commission serves as the trustee of the conference and offers strategic guidance to the Movement between meetings. It also promotes coordination between Movement partners, furthers the implementation of conference resolutions and examines issues of concern to the whole Movement.

In addition to the International Conference, two other important meetings take place every two years: the General Assembly, which is made up of delegates from all member National Societies, and the Council of Delegates, which brings together National Societies, the International Federation and the ICRC.

The assembly determines the general policies of the International Federation, while the council adopts resolutions on Movement action and advocacy.

The Movement logo

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (Movement) is a global humanitarian network which helps people prepare for, cope with and recover from crisis.

For people and communities facing natural or man-made disasters, armed conflict or health and social care issues, our volunteers and staff help without discrimination.

Our Movement is made up of roughly 80 million dedicated people around the world and has three separate components: the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and 190 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

New movement logo in multiple languages

An additional logo has been developed to represent the whole of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. It is an official and legitimate logo that we will use in certain circumstances when the ICRC, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and National Societies communicate or raise funds together for a humanitarian emergency, a theme or a campaign of global concern.

What is the Movement logo?

The Movement logo consists of the red cross and red crescent emblems side by side, together with the words “International” and “Movement.”

You’ll be seeing the logo in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

What does the Movement logo represent?

The Movement logo represents the collective Movement – the 190 National Societies, the ICRC and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. It illustrates the reach of our global Red Cross and Red Crescent network.

When will the Movement be using the new logo?

We will use the logo for certain circumstances for representation, communication, promotion and fundraising purposes. Any display requires special approval.

Where won’t we be using the Movement logo?

The Movement logo does not replace the logos of the ICRC, the International Federation of Red Cross and Crescent Societies or National Societies.

And we won’t be using it for operational activities. That means we won’t use the Movement logo on things like uniforms, vehicles, equipment or buildings, nor on materials distributed to people affected by armed conflict, disasters or any of our humanitarian work.

If you have any questions about this logo, please email rcrc@ifrc.org.

More information :
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement at a glance  (PDF document, 784 Kb, 8 pages)
Arabic version  (PDF document 445 Kb, 2 pages)

Red Cross Red Crescent - The magazine of the Movement

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, with 190 member National Societies. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, our work is guided by seven fundamental principles; humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality. About this site & copyright