ICRC presents Annual Report

from International Committee of the Red Cross
Published on 06 Jul 2001
The ICRC worldwide 2000 Geneva (ICRC) - The increasing number of armed conflicts throughout the world, the unprecedented scale of the challenges facing humanitarian endeavour, the need to stay close to the victims, the imperative of staff safety - these are the major themes that were addressed today by Jean-Daniel Tauxe, Director of Operations of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), when he presented the organization's 2000 Annual Report in Nairobi. It was the first time in ICRC history that the report had been launched outside Switzerland.
Nairobi was chosen to reflect Africa's importance for the ICRC. The organization carries out 50% of its worldwide activities on this continent, which accounted for over 40% of its operational expenditure last year.

Remaining close to those in need - wherever people are suffering - is the best way to come to the aid of those it is the ICRC's role to help. With the murder of six of the organization's staff in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo in late April and the death of an ICRC pilot flying a relief mission in Sudan in early May, the safety of humanitarian workers is more than ever the focus of the organization's concern. MrTauxe stressed in his presentation that while ICRC delegates accept the risks that go with their work, "barbaric attacks such as the killings in the Congo are unacceptable because they threaten the long-term continuation of humanitarian work".

Finally, despite the growing scale and complexity of armed conflicts, the ICRC in 2000 had greater access than in the past to people in need. The organization today pursues its work, conscious of the need to devise ever more imaginative responses to the problems encountered and determined to stay its course despite the innumerable difficulties thrown up by modern conflict.

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  • Message from the President
  • Legal Bases
  • The ICRC and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
  • 2000: a year of renewed determination and creative solutions
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  • Protection
  • Preventive action
  • Assistance
  • Cooperation with National Societies
  • Humanitarian diplomacy
  • Reviewing performance
Operational activities
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  • Implementation of and respect for the law
  • ICRC action within the Movement
  • Communication
  • International Tracing Service
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  • Financial tables
  • Relief and medical assistance tables
  • Special funds