The International Conference is a unique global forum bringing together the States Parties to the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, including the 190 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, their International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (International Federation) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) with its specific mandate established under the Geneva Conventions. The Conference provides a non-political forum for dialogue on humanitarian issues.

The international Conference of 1863

26th – 29th October 1863 : Geneva (only available in French)

“Although it is at the origin of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the International Conference of 1863 was not an International Conference of the Red Cross (the first of these was held in Paris four years later). In spite of this, the resolutions adopted in 1863 by the representatives of 16 States and four philanthropic institutions [..] established the legal basis and policy guidelines for the subsequent setting-up of the first National Red Cross Societies. Further developed by later International Conferences of the Red Cross, these resolutions served as a constitutive charter until the adoption of the Statutes of the International Red Cross in 1928.” [1]

The ICRC Library holds the exhaustive collection of the reports of the International Conferences of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, the full text is available online in PDF format:

English

Note: prior to the 16th International Conference of 1938, reports were only published in French, as listed below.

32nd : 8th – 10th December 2015 : Geneva

31st : 28th November – 1st December 2011 : Geneva

30th : 26th – 30th November 2007 : Geneva

29th : 20th – 21st June 2006 : Geneva

28th : 2nd – 6th December 2003 : Geneva

27th : 31st October – 6th November 1999 : Geneva

26th : 3rd – 7th December 1995 : Geneva

25th : 23rd – 31st October 1986 : Geneva

24th : 7th – 14th November 1981 : Manila

23rd : 15th – 21st October 1977 : Bucharest

22nd : 8th – 15th November 1973 : Tehran

21st : 6th – 13th September 1969 : Istanbul

20th : 2nd – 9th October 1965 : Vienna

19th : 24th October – 7th November 1957 : New Delhi

18th : 22nd July – 8th August 1952 : Toronto

17th : 20th – 30th August 1948 : Stockholm

16th : 20th – 24th June 1938 : London

French

32e : 8 – 10 décembre 2015 : Genève

31e : 28 novembre – 1er décembre 2011 : Genève

30e : 26 – 30 novembre 2007 : Genève

29e : 20 – 21 juin 2006 : Genève

28e : 2 – 6 décembre 2003 : Genève

27e : 31 octobre – 6 novembre 1999 : Genève

26e : 3 – 7 décembre 1995 : Genève

25e : 23 – 31 octobre 1986 : Genève

24e : 7 – 14 novembre 1981 : Manille

23e : 15 – 21 octobre 1977 : Bucarest

22e : 8 – 15 novembre 1973 : Téhéran

21e : 6 – 13 septembre 1969 : Istanbul

20e : 2 – 9 octobre 1965 : Vienne

19e : 24 octobre – 7 novembre 1957 : New Delhi

18e : 22 juillet – 8 août 1952 : Toronto

17e : 20 – 30 août 1948 : Stockholm

16e : 20 – 24 juin 1938 : Londres

15e : 20 – 29 octobre 1934 : Tokyo

14e : 6 – 11 octobre 1930 : Bruxelles

13e : 23 – 27 octobre 1928 : La Haye

12e : 7 – 10 octobre 1925 : Genève

11e : 28 août – 1er septembre 1923 : Genève

10e : 30 mars – 7 avril 1921 : Genève

9e : 7 – 17 mai 1912 : Washington

8e : 10 – 15 juin 1907 : Londres

7e : 16 – 22 mai 1902 : St-Pétersbourg

6e : 19 – 24 septembre 1897 : Vienne

5e : 21 – 27 avril 1892 : Rome

4e : 22 – 27 septembre 1887 : Karlsruhe

3e : 1 – 6 septembre 1884 : Genève

2e : 22 – 27 avril 1869 : Berlin

1ère : 26 – 31 août 1867 : Paris

[1] Handbook of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement / International Committee of the Red Cross, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. – 14th ed. – Geneva : ICRC : Federation, 2008. – P. 515