Council of Delegates 1997: Resolution 11
Commission for the Financing of the ICRC
Council of Delegates of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, Seville, Spain, 25 - 27 November 1997
The Council of Delegates,
having taken note of the interim report and of the supplementary report submitted by the Commission for the Financing of the ICRC,
recalling the numerous resolutions in which National Societies have, since 1921, shown their concern to see the Geneva institutions receive the necessary resources, and have expressed their willingness to provide support to that effect,
recognizing that the ICRC requires support and financial independence in order to carry out its activities for victims of war and internal violence,
further recalling Resolution 7 of the 1995 Council of Delegates, which asked the Commission for the Financing of the ICRC to review its role and working methods,
1. renews the mandate of the Commission for the Financing of the ICRC in its present composition for two years;
2. asks the Commission to favour, within its original mandate, mutual consultation between the ICRC and National Societies on questions relating to financing (whether in kind, cash or services) and to resource management, it being understood that emphasis should be put on seeking ways and means to adapt to the constantly changing humanitarian aid environment;
3. recommends that the Commission adopt a flexible way of working whereby informal ad hoc meetings can be held throughout the year whenever some of its members are gathered, the outcome of such discussions then being presented to the annual plenary meeting;
4. thanks the National Societies which have already contributed to the financing of the ICRC and encourages all National Societies to join in this common effort;
5. asks the Commission to periodically review, in close consultation with the ICRC, the rate of National Societies’ contributions to the ICRC’s headquarters budget, it being recommended that each National Society’s contribution should be equal to the percentage assigned to it in the Federation’s established annual scale of contributions;
6. requests the Commission to establish a system providing for balanced geographical representation in its membership; the term of office shall be four years, and it is recommended that no member should serve more than two terms; National Societies arriving at the end of their terms should, subsequent to consultation with the ICRC, recommend a replacement National Society from the same geographical region;
7. further requests the Commission to report to it during the next meeting of the Council of Delegates in 1999.
1 “Criteria for evaluating possible solutions
On the basis of past and more recent discussions within the Movement on the plurality of the emblems, the following six criteria have been defined for judging any proposed solution:
1. Any solution must be assessed primarily in the light of the protection afforded to victims and must actually lead to an improvement in such protection.
2. Any solution must be based on the existence of the two emblems currently in use, that is, the cross and the crescent, which are de facto placed on an equal footing — even though such equality has not yet been enshrined in the Conventions — and which are known worldwide.
3. Any solution must avoid creating new obstacles for the Movement’s ideal of unity and must, on the contrary, be compatible with that ideal.
4. Even though this ideal of unity naturally extends to the emblem, the objective of having a single emblem for both protective and indicative purposes is not on the agenda at present; the aim is to solve the problems mentioned on pages 9-12.
5. Any solution must be capable of settling these problems without creating new ones for National Societies which have no difficulties in this respect, and which must be able to carry on with their present emblems (status quo).
6. The issue of the emblem must not cause division within the Movement; any solution must be very widely acceptable and any resolution on this crucial matter must be adopted by consensus.”