Our world. Your move. Events in Switzerland.
Just 150 years ago, Swiss businessman Henry Dunant happened to witness the aftermath of one of the most brutal battles of the 19th century, at Solferino in what is now northern Italy. The scenes of suffering that he witnessed in 1859 led him to take the first steps towards the creation of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
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The year 2009 also sees the 60th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions; the development of international humanitarian law to make war more humane was another result of Dunant’s efforts.
Henry Dunant, A Memory of Solferino
Our world faces unprecedented challenges, from conflict and mass displacement to climate change and migration. Your move reminds us of our collective responsibility to make the world a better place. Like Henry Dunant, we can all make a difference, even through the simplest of gestures.
Special events will be held worldwide throughout 2009 to commemorate these anniversaries.
Bust of Henry Dunant, Place Neuve: the humanitarian reflex
Musée Rath, Place Neuve: the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
Hôtel de Ville: the Geneva Conventions
Rue Verdaine 12: the life of Henry Dunant
- Rue du Puits Saint-Pierre: the place where Henry Dunant wrote "A Memory of Solferino " .
Pont de la Machine: 2009 campaign – Our World. Your Move .
On 24 June, the Jet d'eau was lit up in red to mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Solferino. After witnessing the aftermath of the fighting there, Henry Dunant had an idea that was eventually to lead to the Red Cross.
The Pont du Mont Blanc will be decorated with flags for the 60th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions (12 August). 10 - 17 August 2009, Pont du Mont Blanc, Geneva.
photo exhibition The ICRC and the VII photo agency together sent five award-winning photographers – James Nachtwey, Ron Haviv, Christopher Morris, Franco Pagetti and Antonin Kratochvil – to capture images of the impact of war and armed violence on the lives of people in eight countries: Afghanistan, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Georgia, Haiti, Lebanon, Liberia and the Philippines.
24 August - 20 September 2009, Quai Wilson, Geneva, outdoor exhibition.
The ICRC, the Swiss Red Cross and the Fribourg Branch of the Swiss Red Cross share a stand. 23 October - 1 November 2009, Espace Gruyère, Bulle.