Report on the implementation of the International Federation Pledge to the 27th International Conference on Volunteers

06-12-2003 Report

Report prepared by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, 28th International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, Geneva, 2 to 6 December 2003

Recognising the importance of volunteers for Red Cross Red Crescent, the International Federation made the following pledge to the 27th International Conference of Red Cross and Red Crescent in November 1999.

 Volunteers are the most important strength of any National Society; they are "the power of humanity" and the champions of Red Cross Red Crescent humanitarian values. The International Federation therefore pledges the following:  


  •  to review the current situation of volunteers and identify areas where change is needed to improve services to beneficiaries, the status of volunteers and their role in the organization,  

  •  to develop clear policies, guidelines and best management practices for volunteers which focus on human resources development,  

  •  to ensure equal opportunities for men and women of all ages as volunteers in service delivery and National Society leadership, to bring about greater involvement of marginalized groups, and to provide the required support by paid staff,  

  •  to cooperate with governments to broaden the existing legal, fiscal and political bases for volunteering, and to mobilize increased public support,  

  •  to expand cooperation with other volunteer organizations at all levels, and play a significant role in the International Year of Volunteers in 2001.  

This report provides information on the implementation of the Pledge.


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