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Council of Delegates of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement – Provisional annotated agenda


 Geneva, 11 -14 November 2001  



 I. Elections, Agenda and Procedural Matters  


 1. Opening of the meeting by the Chairman of the Standing Commission of the Red Cross and Red Crescent  

 2. Election of Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Secretaries of the Council of Delegates  


 3. Adoption of the Agenda  



 II. Substantive Items  


 4. Work of the Standing Commission  


The Standing Commission will report on its main activities since the last Council of Delegates in 1999, focusing on the issues that it set as priorities: developing a strategy for the Movement as a whole, promoting greater efficiency and co-operation in international relief operations and negotiating a comprehensive solution to the emblems.


 5. Movement Strategy  


5.1 Implementation of the " Agreement on the Organisation of the International Activities of the Components of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement " , Nov. 1997

Pursuant to Resolution 6, Para 5 of the 1997 Council of Delegates a review of the implementation of the Seville Agreement will be presented. 

5.2. Conduct of international relief operations

Pursuant to Resolution 5 of the 1999 Council of Delegates an Ad Hoc Group on the conduct of international relief operations was asked, drawing on recent operational experience (within the context of the Seville Agreement), to develop operational models designed to facilitate immediate field action, co-ordination of appeals for resources, effective management of all resources of the Movement by the relevant Lead Agency, and the development of the capacity of National Societies affected by disasters, thus enabling rapid and effective relief to be brought to the victims of armed conflict and natural disasters.

5.3 Overall Strategy for the Movement

Resolutions 1 and 5 of the 1999 Council of Delegates requested the Standing Commission to establish a Working Group to develop proposals for an overall strategy for the Movement, designed to achieve the goals identified in the Preamble of the Seville Agreement and drawing on previous reports on co-operation within the Movement, on the ICRC Avenir Study, on the Federation’s Strategy 2010 and other current work evaluating operations in the field.

(This item will be discussed in parallel sessions)


 6  .  Internally displaced persons (IDP) and Refugees  


The increased occurrence of displacement (internally displaced and refugees) in recent years, along with a better knowledge of the severe plight suffered by the millions affected, has resulted in a growing concern within the international community. The internally displaced and refugees are often in need of assistance and protection, both during flight and while in displacement. The Movement has an evident interest in promoting an improved response to the plight of the internally displaced. Its policies regarding this matter need to be adapted to reflect the latest developments in the humanitarian environment.

(This item will be discussed in parallel sessions)


 7. International Disaster Response Law (IDRL)  


The legal framework relevant to response to natural and technological disasters is insufficiently defined and likely to require significant improvement. The International Federation has launched an initiative aimed at clarifying the issues. As a first step, the initiative will compile existing legal texts, analyse them and recommend appropriate means (in co-operation with governments where necessary) to improve understandings, and fill identified lacunae. The Council will be informed of the progress on this initiative.


 8. Promotion of International Humanitarian Law, humanitarian values and Fundamental Principles  


8.1. Emblem

As a follow-up to Resolution 2 of the 1999 Council of Delegates the Standing Commission will present the results of the Joint Working Group from the Movement and States on the Emblem and of its consultations with government experts with the aim to obtain a Third Additional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions, which would adopt an additional protective emblem for use by countries unable to use any of the existing emblems.

8.2. UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons : Explosive remnants of war and non-international armed conflicts

The second Review Conference of the 1980 Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons will be held in Geneva in December 2001. This will be a unique opportunity to take stock of existing rules regulating weapons and to further improve the protection of war victims. The ICRC has submitted to States two concrete proposals: first, to extend the field of application of the 1980 Convention to non-international armed conflicts and second, to address the consequences caused by " explosive remnants of war " (i.e. anti-vehicle mines, sub munitions and other unexploded ordnance. The Movement should be aware of these developments and promote, as much as possible, the above-mentioned proposals, which, if they are accepted, will greatly contribute to a better protection of both military personnel and the civilian populatio n.


 9. Follow-up of Council of Delegates 1999  


Under this point of the agenda the members can comment on the written progress reports regarding the follow-up to:

  • Resolution 7 : Red Cross and Red Crescent and Peace

  • Resolution 8: Children affected by armed conflict

  • Resolution 9: Street children

  • Resolution 10: Movement Strategy on landmines

  • Resolution 11: International Criminal Court

  • Resolution 12: Arms availability and the situation of civilians in armed conflict and post-conflict situations

  • the work of the Communications Forum


 10. International Conference  


10.1 Follow-up of implementation of pledges and Plan of Action of 27th Conference

10.2 Concept and theme for the International Conference in 2003


 11. Miscellaneous  


  • The Protection of Cultural property in the event of armed conflict

  • The Commission for the Financing of the ICRC


 12. Date and venue of the next meeting of the Council of Delegates  



The opening ceremony of the Council of Delegates will be held on the evening of 11 November and will be followed by the ceremony to award the Henry Dunant Medal.

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