Around the world, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is providing a wide range of services to the most vulnerable in all types of contexts – from responding to needs in disaster and conflict situations, to providing assistance in urban centres and hard to reach areas, and advocating on behalf of those in need in policy circles and to governments.
The ICRC is part of the international Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which also comprises 189 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The National Societies operate within their respective countries while the Federation coordinates the international response of National Societies to disasters not involving armed conflict.
The Federation is a key partner for the ICRC, particularly where conflicts overlap with natural disasters. We also work closely with the National Societies, which share their professional skills, first-hand knowledge of the local terrain and familiarity with local cultures and languages.