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  1. The GRC

Mission: Goals, tasks and self-understanding of the GRC

The appeal of the GRC is based on the idea of humanity. But to implement this idea in a large organisation, a uniform self-understanding as well as clearly defined goals and principles are essential. In this section you can read about the principles of the German Red Cross, as they were proclaimed for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement by the XX. International Conference of the Red Cross in 1965.

The GRC strategy defines how the GRC plans to develop and how it will orientate itself in the future. In accordance with the Geneva Convention that was signed by the Federal Republic of Germany, the German Red Cross was appointed as a National Aid Society by the Federal Government. On account of this special position, special tasks have been assigned to the organisation that can be found in the law relating to the GRC.

  • Mission Statement

    The German Red Cross is a member of the global community of the international Red Cross and Red Crescent movement, providing help without discrimination to the victims of conflicts and disasters and others in need, solely based on their level of need. We act in the name of humanity for the lives, health, wellbeing, protection, peaceful interaction and dignity of all people.
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  • Fundamental Principles

    Proclaimed in Vienna in 1965, the seven Fundamental Principles bond together the National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, The International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. They guarantee the continuity of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement and its humanitarian work.
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  • GRC Act

    On account of its special position as the national aid society, tasks have been assigned to the GRC that are incurred by the Federal Republic of Germany in its capacity as a contracting member state of the Geneva Convention.
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  • GRC strategy

    The German Red Cross successfully implemented its 2010plus strategy in the period from 2004 to 2010.
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  • National Committee on International Humanitarian Law

    More about the the Technical Committee “International Humanitarian Law”.
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