Interview with Peter Maurer, ICRC President

31 December 2012 Peter Maurer

In this interview, Mr Maurer reflects on the rich history of the ICRC, conveys his perception of the evolution of the organization, and presents his perspective on the challenges ahead for the humanitarian sector and the ICRC in particular.

This interview was conducted at the ICRC Headquarters in Geneva on 10 October 2012 by Vincent Bernard, Editor-in-Chief and Elvina Pothelet, Editorial Assistant.

About the author

Peter Maurer

Peter Maurer
President of the ICRC

Peter Maurer has been President of the ICRC since 1 July 2012. In this position, his priorities include strengthening humanitarian diplomacy, engaging States and other actors for the respect of international humanitarian law, and improving the humanitarian response through innovation and new partnerships. He has led the organization through a historic budget increase to meet the growing needs of victims of armed conflict, from 1.1 bn CHF in 2011 to over 1.6 bn CHF in 2015. He previously served as secretary of State of the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs and ambassador of Switzerland to the UN in New York.