General Assembly

The General Assembly is the highest decision-making body of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). It takes place every two years and sets the overall policy and vision for our network.

About the General Assembly

The IFRC General Assembly convenes representatives from all 192 member National Societies to vote on IFRC-wide strategies, policies, plans and budgets.

The General Assembly is the supreme governing body of the IFRC. It shapes the collective response we, as a network, want to provide to humanitarian challenges already affecting our communities or that may affect them in the future.

Each National Society delegation has equal rights expressed by a single vote—meaning we are truly run by our members, for our members.

It is also an opportunity for members to celebrate our collective achievements and connect with one another.

The functions of the General Assembly are described in Article 23 of our Constitution.

Where is it held?

National Societies around the world take turns hosting the General Assembly in their home country.

When it is held in the same year as the International Conference, the main convening of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the General Assembly is hosted in Geneva, Switzerland.

Recent and upcoming General Assemblies

The last General Assembly was our 22nd session and took place in Geneva in December 2019. Find out more here.

The next General Assembly was due to take place in December 2021. However, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic—taking into account vaccination campaigns, travel restrictions and limitations on movement—the 23rd session has been postponed to 2022. More details will follow shortly.

In photos: 22nd session of the IFRC General Assembly