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ICRC launches fundraising appeals for 2002

11-12-2001 News Release 01/67

Geneva (ICRC) – The President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Jakob Kellenberger, today presented the ICRC's objectives and budget for 2002. The budget drawn up for next year amounts to 915.6 million Swiss francs (557.6 million US dollars / 622.4 million euros), of which 765.8 million francs (466.4 million dollars / 520.6 million euros) are for operations throughout the world and 149.8 million francs (91.2 million dollars / 101.8 million euros) for the support provided by ICRC headquarters in Geneva.

With respect to operations, Sfr 304.1 million (39.7% of the total) have been budgeted for Africa, Sfr147.2 million (19.2%) for Europe and North America, Sfr 133.5 million (17.4%) for Asia and the Pacific, Sfr 71.1 million (9.3%) for the Middle East and North Africa, and Sfr 47.8 million (6.3%) for Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition, Sfr 62.1 million (8.1%) have been set aside as a reserve for operations.

The 10 largest budget items (together amounting to 49.6% of the total field budget) provide for operations in connection with the Afghan conflict (Sfr 59.1 million for four months) and in the Russian Federation (Sfr 53.1 million, mainly for the northern Caucasus), Sudan (Sfr 46.1 million), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Sfr 42.3 million), Israel and the occupied/autonomous territories (Sfr 35.3 million), Rwanda (Sfr 31.4 million), the southern Caucasus (Sfr 30.8 million), the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Sfr 28.7 million), Colombia (Sfr 27 million), and Somalia (Sfr 25.8 million). The ICRC is currently working in more than 60 contexts and operates out of 200 offices with a staff of 11,200 worldwide.

President Kellenberger confirmed the ICRC's commitme nt to assisting and protecting victims of armed conflict and situations of internal violence throughout the world. He declared that maintaining and if possible improving access to these victims under acceptable security conditions were among the main challenges facing the organization. He added that the ICRC will continue to do its utmost to ensure that its programmes take into account the special needs of women and children.

Promoting measures aimed at improving compliance with international humanitarian law and seizing the earliest possible opportunity to make progress on the issue of the emblem, conditions permitting, were among other priorities mentioned by the ICRC President. He also emphasized how important it is that the ICRC work closely, and in a complementary manner, with other humanitarian organizations, and that it project a clear identity and be perceived as an organization strongly committed to dialogue and cooperation while equally determined to preserve its operational independence.