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Council of Delegates 2003: Resolution 6

02-12-2003 Resolution

National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies as auxiliaries to the public authorities in the humanitarian field

Council of Delegates of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, Geneva, Switzerland, 30 November – 2 December 2003

The Council of Delegates,

1. welcomes the study carried out by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (International Federation) in cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in response to the request made by the 27th International Conference and in the Strategy for the Movement on “National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies as auxiliaries to the public authorities in the humanitarian field”,

2. thanks all National Societies which have contributed to the production of the report through written or oral comments during the conduct of the study and the debate at the Council of Delegates,

3. takes note of the concept outlined in the conclusions of the study concerning the “Characteristics of a balanced relationship between States and National Societies” and invites National Societies to initiate discussions internally and with their governments with a view to further developing the “characteristics” and strengthening government understanding of the value of the auxiliary character of National Societies and the importance of a balanced relationship,

4. invites the International Federation in cooperation with the ICRC to press ahead with its work on this subject, including through further consultation with National Societies, States and international organisations,

5. invites the International Federation to keep National Societies informed regularly of progress made with the study and to provide updated and more specific guidance for consideration by the Council of Delegates in 2005 and the International Conference in 2007.