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Overview of the ICRC's operations in 2002: The Americas

10-12-2002

 Delegations  

 Brazil  

 Personnel: 1 expatriate and 8 locally hired staff

The ICRC delegation in Brazil focuses on its role as a resource and support centre for dissemination programmes targeting police forces in Brazil and in other Latin American countries. The delegation provides support and guidance for ICRC delegations and police and security forces throughout the region by intensifying training activities which promote compliance with human rights instruments pertinent to the fulfilment of police functions and respect for the basic principles of international humanitarian law.

 Budget 2002  

Protection

Assistance

Preventive action

Cooperation

General

Overheads

 Sfr  

Sfr

Sfr

Sfr

Sfr

Sfr

Sfr

 1,556,401  

11,957

0

1,372,619

64,876

11,957

94,992

 Colombia  

 Personnel: 53 expatriate and 205 locally hired staf
 

In Colombia, the ICRC is working to secure greater respect for international humanitarian law by all armed groups and authorities, in particular regarding the protection of non-combatants, and to provide emergency relief to internally displaced people and other victims of the conflict. As the armed conflict has increased in both intensity and territorial scope, the ICRC is strengthening its role as neutral intermediary, developing medical programmes in affected a reas, visiting detainees and disseminating the principles of IHL.

 Budget 2002  

Protection

Assistance

Preventive action

Cooperation

General

Overheads

 Sfr  

Sfr

Sfr

Sfr

Sfr

Sfr

Sfr

 26,980,835  

2,633,442

15,840,155

5,265,343

1,169,741

425,440

1,646,714

    

    

 New York  

    

 Personnel: 4 expatriate and 8 locally hired staff

The multi-faceted role of the United Nations (UN), headquartered in New York, often carries a humanitarian component. The ICRC's delegation to the UN and its agencies and programmes is a support and relay station for operational and legal initiatives. It seeks to develop and maintain close contacts with UN bodies and member States, as well as with think-tanks, academic institutions and other humanitarian organizations based in New York. It puts across the ICRC's point of view in the UN and other fora and keeps abreast of trends and developments regarding humanitarian issues. In addition, the delegation promotes international humanitarian law.

 Budget 2002  

Protection

Assistance

Preventive action

Cooperation

General

Overheads

 Sfr  

Sfr

Sfr

Sfr

Sfr

Sfr

Sfr

 2,816,990  

0

0

1,582,249

33,504

1,029,308

171,929

    

    

 Peru  

    

 Personnel: 10 expatriate and 37 locally hired staff
 

In Peru, ICRC activities concentrate on: monitoring the conditions of detention of people deprived of freedom in connection with the insurgency, developing dissemination programmes on international humanitarian law and humanitarian principles for the armed and security forces as well as for other sectors of Peruvian society.

 Budget 2002  

Protection

Assistance

Preventive action

Cooperation

General

Overheads

 Sfr  

Sfr

Sfr

Sfr

Sfr

Sfr

Sfr

 5,454,094  

2,102,610

1,314,911

1,442,057

186,097

75,539

332,880

    

    

    

 Regional delegations and other offices  

    

    

    

 Buenos Aires  

 Covering: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay

 Personnel: 2 expatriate and 13 locally hired staff
 

The regional delegation in Buenos Aires centres its activities on promoting international humanitarian law in the various countries of the region and its integration into their respective national legislation. It develops dissemination activities for the armed forces, political authorities, academic circles, schools and the media. The ICRC also assists the National Societies of the region in carrying out their tasks and strengthening their capacities.

 Budget 2002  

Protection

Assistance

Preventive action

Cooperation

General

Overheads

 Sfr  

Sfr

Sfr

Sfr

Sfr

Sfr

Sfr

 1,962,173  

192,470

24,510

1,032,606

553,714

39,116

119,757

    

 Caracas  

    

 Covering: Venezuela, Ecuador and the 11 English-speaking Caribbean countries as well as Guyana and Suriname

 Personnel: 2 expatriate and 7 locally hired staff
 

In the countries covered, the ICRC focuses on spreading awareness of international humanitarian law among the armed and security forces as well as civil society. It promotes the ratification of IHL treaties and the adoption of national implementation measures. The ICRC also contributes to trengthening the response capacity of National Red Cross Societies throughout the region; particular attention is paid to preparing for potential humanitarian needs arising from possible internal strife and tensions or from a spillover of the

Colombian conflict.

 Budget 2002  

Protection

Assistance

Preventive action

Cooperation

General

Overheads

 Sfr  

Sfr

Sfr

Sfr

Sfr

Sfr

Sfr

 2,203,078  

40,210

0

1,139,538

862,871

25,999

134,460

    

    

 Mexico  

    

 Covering: Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Panama

 Personnel: 11 expatriate and 66 locally hired staff
 

In Mexico, the ICRC focuses on providing assistance to internally displaced people and residents affected by the situation in Chiapas, and protection visits to people who have been deprived of their freedom. Dissemination activities are carried out for academics as well as members of the armed forces and the security forces. At regional level, ICRC activities focus on humanitarian diplomacy, dissemination of international humanitarian law and support to National Societies in Central America, the Spanish-speaking Caribbean and Haiti.

 Budget 2002  

Protection

Assistance

Preventive action

Cooperation

General

Overheads

 Sfr  

Sfr

Sfr

Sfr

Sfr

Sfr

Sfr

 9,678,425  

706,764

3,303,845

3,930,089

1,105,082

41,943

590,702

    

    

 Washington  

    

 Covering: Canada, and the United States of America

 Personnel: 2 expatriate and 4 locally hired staff

Through its presence in Washington, the ICRC has become an acknowledged source to which governments, NGOs and other interested groups and individuals can turn for information on ICRC programmes and operations. The ICRC works with the American and Canadian Red Cross Societies, particularly regarding their involvement in international services, tracing activities and dissemination of international humanitarian law.

    

 Budget 2002  

Protection

Assistance

Preventive action

Cooperation

General

Overheads

 Sfr  

Sfr

Sfr

Sfr

Sfr

Sfr

Sfr

 1,655,271  

0

0

1,181,846

372,399

0

101,026