ICRC appeals for over 970 million Swiss francs for humanitarian work in 2005
08-12-2004 News Release
Geneva (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is asking for more than 970 million Swiss francs to fund its humanitarian work in some 80 countries in 2005. The most notable change as compared with 2004 is the substantial increase in the organization’s budget to help people affected by armed conflict and internal violence in Africa.
The ICRC’s 2005 Emergency Appeals submitted to donors’ representatives in Geneva include a request for 820 million francs for field expenditure and an additional 152 million francs to cover organization-wide projects and the coordination and support provided by ICRC headquarters. The request for field expenditure is 65 million francs – 8.6 per cent – higher than the corresponding figure in the 2004 Emergency Appeals.
The budget for activities in Africa has risen by 83 million francs, or 27 per cent. Following a substantial increase, Sudan becomes the largest ICRC operation worldwide, with a planned budget of 130 million francs. It is followed by Iraq, Israel and the Palestinian territories, Afghanistan and Liberia.
Presenting the 2005 Emergency Appeals, ICRC President Jakob Kellenberger stressed the organization's commitment to the principle of independent and neutral humanitarian action. " The ICRC believes that in the long run this approach offers the best chance to obtain worldwide access to all victims of armed conflict and internal violence and to provide them with protection and assistance. "
Mr Kellenberger added that the ICRC would continue to work in support of better understanding and broader respect for international humanitarian law. " The ICRC remains convinced that the provisions of the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols offer an adequate basis for meeting the challenges posed by modern armed conflict. "
The ICRC president asked donors for continued diplomatic and financial support for the ICRC's efforts to make a difference to the lives of millions of people suffering because of armed conflict and internal violence.
For further information, please contact:
Florian Westphal, ICRC Geneva, tel. +41 22 730 29 30 / +41 79 217 32 26