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Council of Delegates 2011: Resolution 2

26-11-2011 Resolution

Movement components' relations with external humanitarian actors

Council of Delegates of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, Geneva, Switzerland, 26 November 2011

The Council of Delegates,

recalling the 2009 Council of Delegates workshop on "Relations with Actors Outside of the Movement,"

1. welcomes the background report submitted to the 2011 Council of Delegates on 'Movement components' relations with external humanitarian actors';

2.  adopts the following recommendations of the report:

a) all Movement components should promote to external humanitarian actors how they work in accordance with the Fundamental Principles; 

b) the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross, in consultation with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, should continue to analyse the need for and, where relevant, further develop guidance, with particular attention to:

i.coordination with UN agencies and coordinating bodies, including for resource mobilization;

ii. relationships with various country coordination mechanisms and bodies (including country teams and clusters), including in changing contexts, e.g. when conflict erupts where a natural disaster emergency operation is underway (or vice versa);

iii.the evolving role played by civil protection and military and civil defence assets in disaster and crisis situations;

iv. the use of the emblem ‘by all components of the Movement’ ‘in operations led by other organizations;

v. ways to engage with the private sector as an operational partner;

vi. strengthening the capacities of all Movement components to develop and manage relationships with external humanitarian actors, in line with the Fundamental Principles, Movement Statutes, policies and guidelines;

vii. maintaining an overview of existing policies, strategies and guidance relating to relations with external humanitarian actors and making these available in a user-friendly manner;  

c) all Movement components should continue to strengthen Movement coordination mechanisms at country and regional level, to use this as a means to improve relations with external humanitarian actors and capture and share experiences of this in order to serve the most vulnerable better.