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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.

Our mission: further topics

  • Mission Statement

    We of the Red Cross are part of a worldwide community of people in the international Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, who provide indiscriminate assistance to victims of conflicts and disasters as well as other needy people, according to their own needs.
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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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    The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has set itself the task of preventing and alleviating human suffering anywhere, anytime, protecting life and health, and respecting human dignity, especially in times of armed conflict and other emergencies.
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  • GRC Act

    Due to its special status as a national aid society, the GRC has been assigned tasks that accrue to the Federal Republic of Germany as a contracting state from the Geneva Conventions.
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  • The GRC Strategy: Strategie 2030

    To follow up its "Strategie 2020 - Helping People, Shaping Society" the German Red Cross (GRC) aims to develop a new joint strategy, the GRC Strategie 2030, together with the volunteers and the staff.
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