The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works worldwide to provide humanitarian assistance to people affected by conflict and armed violence. We take action in response to emergencies and at the same time promote respect for international humanitarian law.
We are an independent and neutral organization, and our mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. We work closely with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and with their International Federation in order to ensure a concerted, rational and rapid humanitarian response to the needs of the victims of armed conflict or any other situation of internal violence. We direct and coordinate the international activities conducted in these situations.
We continuously seek and recruit staff, train them and develop their skills, so that our organization can call on a sufficient number of qualified personnel to work in our operational contexts, depending on emergencies and the evolution of our activities in the field. More than 1,700 people are currently on field missions for the ICRC across the globe, backed up by some 11,000 nationally employed and supported and coordinated by around 950 staff at Geneva headquarters.