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Emblem - 28 th International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, Resolution 3

02-12-2003

Adoption of the resolution 5 of the Council of Delegates 2003 - 28th International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, Geneva, 2 to 6 December 2003

The 28 th International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent,

 recalling Resolution 3 (27 th International Conference) adopted on 6 November 1999,

 adopts Resolution 5 adopted by the Council of Delegates on 1 st December 2003 (see

annex).

 Resolution 5 of the Council of Delegates 2003  

    

(Follow-up to resolution 6 of the council of delegates in 2001. - See resolution 6 in Resolutions of the Council of Delegates – 2001)  

    

The Council of Delegates

taking note of the report submitted by the Standing Commission as requested by the 27 th International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, held in Geneva in 1999, and Resolution 6 of the Council of Delegates in 2001, reiterating the commitment of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement to achieve, with the support of the States Parties to the 1949 Geneva Conventions, a comprehensive and lasting solution to the question of the emblem, on the basis of the proposed draft Third Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions, once it is adopted, as soon as circumstances permit, recalling the legal and protective value of the emblems used by the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which, by virtue of their inclusion in the Geneva Conventions and continuous practice for over a century, have become universally recognised symbols of impartial and neutral aid and protection to the victims of war, natural disasters and other catastrophes,

  1. welcomes the work of the Standing Commission, its Special Representative on the Emblem and its ad hoc Working Group, the ICRC and the International Federation to develop the basis for a comprehensive and lasting solution to the question of the emblem;

  2. further welcomes the progress made since the 27 th International Conference, in particular the drafting of the proposed Third Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions on the Emblem (12 October 2000) as well as the adoption of Resolution 6 of the 2001 Council of Delegates;

  3. deeply regrets developments which have made it impossible to bring the process to its expected outcome with the adoption of the draft Third Additional Protocol;

  4. recalls the Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, in particular the principle of universality;

  5. underlines the urgency of reinforcing measures for the protection of war victims, medical personnel and humanitarian workers in all circumstances, and the significance in this context of the proposed Third Additional Protocol;

  6. requests the Standing Commission to continue to give high priority to securing, as soon as circumstances permit, a comprehensive and lasting solution to the question of the emblem, in cooperation with the Swiss government as depositary of the Geneva Conventions and with other concerned governments and component s of the Movement, on the basis of the proposed draft Third Additional Protocol;

  7. requests the Special Representative of the Standing Commission on the Emblem to bring this resolution to the attention of the 28 th International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.