IFRC

Promoting principles and values

In a world with increasing isolation, tension and recourse to violence, it is clear that the Red Cross Red Crescent must champion the individual and community values which encourage respect for other human beings and a willingness to work together to find solutions to community problems.

The IFRC has embarked on a consistent and inspirational approach to promoting humanitarian values and the seven Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

The seven Fundamental Principles are: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.

The aim is to influence the behaviour of the people we work with, through a better understanding of the Fundamental Principles and humanitarian values. The three main target groups are those working within Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies, public and private authorities, and members of the communities where we work.

The main priorities for this area of work are:

  • Developing a better understanding internally.
    Initiatives have been developed to ensure that Red Cross Red Crescent volunteers and staff understand and act on the basis of the Fundamental Principles in their work with vulnerable people in times of peace, disaster or armed conflict. Training includes: the legal and ideological basis of the Red Cross Red Crescent, decision-making processes and mandates as well as communications and relations with others
  • Raising awareness of public and private authorities.
    Ensuring that partner authorities understand how Red Cross Red Crescent works will facilitate better cooperation. Informing these groups about operational procedures, National Societies' auxiliary status, and the need to respect the emblem, for example, are all important elements in building good working partnerships.

Influencing behaviour in the community

By applying these principles and values in our work with communities and vulnerable groups, we can show their importance. Based on experience and operational capacity, Red Cross Red Crescent can be a catalyst for change and make a difference in the way people behave towards each other. The following are values that the Movement has formally stated it believes to be of importance for external promotion:

  • the protection of life, health and human dignity
  • respect for the human being
  • non-discrimination on the basis of nationality, race, gender, religious beliefs, class or political opinions
  • mutual understanding, friendship, cooperation and lasting peace among people
  • service by volunteers 

Principles


Programmes

Gender and Diversity
The basis for the IFRC’s gender and diversity work is its humanitarian mandate to prevent and alleviate human suffering without discrimination and to protect human dignity.
Non-violence
La Fédération internationale des Sociétés de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge (Fédération internationale) considère que la violence et le manque de respect pour la diversité sont l’un des « défis clés auxquels fait face notre communauté mondiale ». Nous sommes activement engagés dans la prévention de la violence et dans les activités d’atténuation et d’intervention à travers le monde. La...
Les jeunes en tant qu’agents du changement de comportement
Youth as Agents of Behavioural Change (Les jeunes en tant qu’agents du changement de comportement – YABC) est l’initiative phare de la Fédération internationale des Sociétés de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge en matière de promotion d’une culture de non-violence et de paix. Lancée en 2008, elle vise à doter les personnes des moyens de jouer un rôle de leadership éthique au sein de leur...
Disability Inclusion
Disability Inclusion is consubstantial to protecting and promoting human dignity, which underpins the work of the RCRC and its Fundamental Principles. We are committed to work towards removing barriers to opportunity and access faced by disabled persons.

Fundamental Principles

The seven Fundamental Principles guarantee the continuity of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement and its humanitarian work.
Principes fondamentaux
Dans un monde caractérisé par un isolement, des tensions et un recours à la violence sans cesse accrus, la Croix-Rouge et le Croissant-Rouge doivent défendre avec une énergie renouvelée les valeurs individuelles et collectives qui favorisent le respect mutuel parmi les communautés humaines et la volonté de rechercher ensemble des solutions aux problèmes. La Fédération internationale a élaboré u...

La Fédération internationale des Sociétés de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge constitue, avec ses 190 Sociétés nationales membres, le plus vaste réseau humanitaire du monde. En tant que membres du Mouvement international de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge, nous sommes guidés dans notre travail par sept Principes fondamentaux: humanité, impartialité, neutralité, indépendance, volontariat, unité et universalité.