The 2017 Council of Delegates took place from 10 to 11 November 2017 in Turkey. It gathered 190 Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (the International Federation).

The decisions made at the 2017 Council of Delegates will guide the Movement’s humanitarian work towards a more effective response that better meets rising needs in the face of an increasingly fragmented and unpredictable operating environment.

The meeting of the Council provided also an opportunity to assess where we stand on the implementation of the outcomes of previous Statutory Meetings, to accelerate progress in the coming two years, and inform the selection of topics we would like to discuss further at the 33rd International Conference.

The point of departure for debates and discussions over the two days of the 2017 Council of Delegates was an exploration of emerging and future trends. This draw on our experience and the many innovations we are integrating in our activities everyday around the world.

It was an opportunity to reflect on our ability to predict complex social, demographic and technological changes, to consider their effects on the people with whom we engage, and how we need to be changing right now to adapt to the already shifting environment.

Highlights of the Council of Delegates 2017