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Financing of the ICRC by governments

31-12-1986 Article, International Review of the Red Cross, No. 256

25th International Conference of the Red Cross, Geneva, 23 to 31 October 1986, Resolution 25

The Twenty-fifth International Conference of the Red Cross,

 having taken note of the report submitted by the Commission for th Financing of the ICRC,

 recalling that the humanitarian mandate of the ICRC is based essen tially on the 1949 Geneva Conventions, to which 165 States are Parties which have thereby undertaken to provide the ICRC with the mean required to discharge that mandate,

 considering the sizeable increase in the ICRC's permanent activities an the resulting increase in its expenditure, as shown in the document entitle The International Committee of the Red Cross and its future -Five-year Programme, which was published in August 1985 and sent to all governments,

 recalling Resolution 11 of the 1949 Diplomatic Conference as well as the resolutions, adopted by numerous previous International Conferences, relative to the financing of the ICRC by governments,

 1. thanks the members of the Commission for the Financing of the ICRC for their work to help increase the ICRC's financial resources,

 2. renews the mandate of the Commission and decides to raise the number of its members from 9 to 12, one third of whom will be replaced every four years,

 3. appoints the National Societies of the following countries to be members of the Commission: Algeria, China, Colombia, France, Federal Republic of Germany, Japan, Kuwait, Mauritania, New Zealand, Panama, Romania and Spain,

4. notes with satisfaction that a number of governments - though unfortunately too few - have increased their contributions to the ICRC since the previous International Conference.

5. appeals to all States Parties to the Geneva Conventions to demonstrate more forcefully their financial support for the work of the ICRC.