Over 1 billion Swiss francs are needed for ICRC’s humanitarian work in 2006
09-12-2005 News Release 05/72
Geneva (ICRC) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is asking donors for more than 1 billion Swiss francs to fund its humanitarian work in some 80 countries in 2006.
Overview of projected ICRC Operations for 2006.
Key data for ICRC Emergency and Headquarters Appeals 2006.
Photos - ICRC activities around the world.
The ICRC’s 2006 field budget is 76 million francs (9.2 per cent) higher than the corresponding figure presented a year ago. This reflects the ICRC's firm commitment to respond to needs that arise in armed conflicts and situations of internal violence throughout the world and to continue to help victims of the October earthquake in Pakistan (97.1 million francs scheduled for 2006).
The budget submitted to donors at ICRC headquarters in Geneva includes 895 million francs for field operations and nearly 154 million francs to cover organization-wide projects and the coordination and support provided by headquarters. For the second consecutive year, the planned expenditures for Africa exceed 385 million francs owing to the situation in Darfur, northern Uganda, the eastern parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia and Côte d'Ivoire, which continues to give cause for grave concern. Sudan remains the ICRC's largest operation worldwide, with a budget of 127 million francs for 2006, followed by Pakistan, Israel and the Palestinian territories, Afghanistan and Iraq.
Presenting the 2006 Appeals, ICRC President Jakob Kellenberger emphasized that " while advocating effective humanitarian coordination, which must be reality-based and action-oriented, the ICRC remains committed to being a credible independent, neutral and impartial actor " .Mr Kellenberger added that “strategies combining protection and assistance activities will continue to be implemented on behalf of civilians affected by armed conflict and violence. These include programmes for internally displaced people in northern Uganda, Liberia, Colombia, Nepal and elsewhere. In other places such as Darfur, the ICRC has given priority to assisting and striving to protect the resident population in remote areas.”
The ICRC is more than ever determined to act on behalf of people whose lives are disrupted by armed conflict and violence. In today's constantly changing environment, this is a daunting task.
For additional information, please contact:
Annick Bouvier, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 24 58 or +41 79 217 32 24