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Switzerland: dedication to humanity brings award for ICRC

03-09-2009 News Release 09/175

Geneva (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is to receive the "Prix des Générations 2009" from the World Demographic & Ageing Forum, honouring the organization's commitment to humanity.

The prestigious award recognizes the ICRC's dedication to the seven Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.

" The ICRC is very pleased that the World Demographic & Ageing Forum has acknowledged its work with people caught up in armed conflict and violence, " said ICRC vice president Christine Beerli. " The principles of neutrality, independence and impartiality remain the very bedrock of the ICRC's work. They enable the organization to assist and protect people in terrible circumstances. While the ICRC has helped hundreds of thousands of people since it was founded by Henry Dunant, many more continue to suffer as a result of man's inhumanity to man. The ICRC is dedicated to alleviating their suffering. "

Christine Beerli will receive the award on behalf of the ICRC during the World Ageing and Generations Congress in St. Gallen on Saturday 5 September.

Every year, the Prix des Générations recognizes the contribution that an international personality or organization has made to the well-being of several generations. The ICRC will be the fifth recipient of the prize and the first organization to be so recognized, the previous prize-winners having been Helmut Schmidt, Vaclav Havel, Waris Dirie and Mary Robinson.

 
For further information, please contact:
  Michelle Rockwell, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 79 251 9311 or +41 22 730 2412