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The International Committee of the Red Cross

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation offering assistance for victims of armed conflict and promoting respect for international humanitarian law.

Founded in Geneva in 1863 ICRC, together with the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) and the national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies all over the world today work on a number of humanitarian challenges such as protection, providing medical care, water, food and sanitation, uniting families and visiting detainees. ICRC’s reputation, independence and neutrality ensure the organization wide access, and thus ICRC is often the sole provider of assistance near the frontlines in armed conflicts.

With Head Office in Geneva, and based in around 80 countries, the ICRC has a total staff of over 16,000, and an annual budget for 2018 of a little over 2 billion Swiss Francs or 12.8 billion Danish Kroner. The largest operations in 2018 are the ones in Syria, Iraq, South Sudan and Yemen.

Peter Maurer, a Swiss national, born in Thun in 1956 and a former permanent representative of Switzerland to the United Nations in New York, has held the position of President of the ICRC since 2012.

Denmark and the Danish Mission in Geneva is actively engaged in the ICRC Donor Support Group, which consists of the organization’s major government donors and regularly discusses its policies and programmes. In 2018, Denmark will double its core contribution to the ICRC from 20 to 40 million Danish Kroner or 6.3 million Swiss Francs. The Danish Red Cross and ICRC receive a little over 3 % or close to 387 million Danish Kroner or 61 million Swiss Francs of Denmark’s humanitarian and development assistance.

For more information about Denmark and the ICRC, see Organisation Strategy for ICRC 2014-2018  and 

Edited January 10, 2018