By the next International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, in 2019, the Swiss Red Cross and the Government of Switzerland commit to further consolidating their regular and consistent dialogue, with the aim of strengthening the application of and respect for the Fundamental Principles in line with the Statutes of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and with Resolution 2 adopted at the 30th International Conference (in 2007) and Resolution 4 adopted at the 31st International Conference (in 2011).
By the end of 2016, the signatories of the present pledge will have implemented one or several of the measures proposed below, which will be pursued and/or further developed in the lead-up to the next International Conference.
The Swiss Red Cross and the Government of Switzerland commit to implementing the measures indicated below:
- Strengthen the dialogue between the National Society and the Government in relevant areas, such as emergency management and response, public health, first aid, community-based programmes, and IHL dissemination, to ensure that the duties and responsibilities that the National Society is entrusted with are compatible with the Fundamental Principles. Initiate a review of existing agreements or memoranda of understanding concluded between the National Society and the public authorities.
- The Swiss government together with the Swiss Red Cross promote and enhance knowledge of humanitarian principles as well as their direct application. Identify and maintain a focal point in relevant government departments tasked with liaising with the National Societies and ensure that the focal point is properly trained by the National Society on the mission and role of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and its Fundamental Principles.
- Maintain the partnership between the Swiss Red Cross and the government of Switzerland aimed at including the mandates and work of the Red Cross or Red Crescent organizations and the Fundamental Principles of the Movement in the public education /.
- Commit to regular meetings between the Swiss Red Cross and Swiss parliamentarians to update the parliament on the mandate, work and modes of action of the National Society, including dissemination of the Fundamental Principles.
Pledge by Switzerland and Swiss Red Cross
Themes: Capacity building, Children, Community resilience, Education, Fundamental principles, Movement cooperation, Strengthening IHL, Volunteering, Youth
Institution: Government, National Society
Pledge type: Specific