The Spirit of the Red Cross Movement

The 189 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies together constitute the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement with the following mission:

  • to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found,
  • to protect life and health and ensure respect for the human being, in particular in times of armed conflict and other emergencies,
  • to work for the prevention of disease and for the promotion of health and social welfare,
  • to encourage voluntary service and a constant readiness to give help by the members of the Movement, and a universal sense of solidarity towards all those in need of its protection and assistance.

In pursuing its mission, the Movement shall be guided by its Seven Fundamental Principles.