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Welcome to the 'Red Cross Olympics'!

The biggest humanitarian conference in the world kicks off on 8 December in Geneva, Switzerland.

Friday December 4, 2015

Croatian Red Cross
The challenges of forced migration will be discussed at the International Conference this year. Photo: IFRC/ John Engedal Nissen

From 8-10 December, Australian Red Cross and the Australian Government will meet in Geneva with leaders from across the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement and governments from 194 countries that have signed the Geneva Conventions.  

The 32nd International Conference of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement will debate and make decisions on critical humanitarian issues: from compliance with international humanitarian law to the protection of medical workers and facilities, prevention of violence against women and children, and the challenges of forced migration.   

Governments and National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies make joint commitments for humanitarian action.  

Australia's pledges include strengthening Red Cross' unique auxiliary role, addressing impacts of migration and working together to help communities in our country and across the Pacific become more resilient to disasters.  

"The International Conference is the Red Cross equivalent of the Olympics," says Yvette Zegenhagen, National Manager of International Humanitarian Law at Australian Red Cross.  

"It's an opportunity once every four years to recognise our common humanity, face common challenges, debate solutions and take action."  

Learn more about international humanitarian law and protecting medical missions.