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The International Committee of the Red Cross

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an independent, neutral, humanitarian organization originally founded in 1863 in order to offer assistance to persons injured in war. ICRC’s mandate today, given by States through the four Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols, which are the main instruments of humanitarian law, is to ensure humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of war and armed violence. ICRC carries out these  primary objectives in cooperation with local Red Cross and Red Crescent Organizations all over the world.

President: Mr Jakob Kellenberger (Switzerland) since the year 2000.
Governing body:  Assembly consisting of 18 Members
Denmark’s contribution in 2009:
 General contribution: DKR 20 million.
Emergency assistance (donated via the Danish Red Cross): DKR 32 million.    

ICRC’s independence and neutrality, together with its status according to international law, give the organization access to areas of conflict, which no other humanitarian organizations can reach. With its Head Office in Geneva, the ICRC is based in around 80 countries and has a total staff of over 12,000.

Further information can be found at: 

Organisation Strategy for ICRC 2014-2018 

Edited January 13, 2015