International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Fédération internationale des sociétés de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge
Federación Internacional de Sociedades de la Cruz Roja y de la Media Luna Roja
1919-05-05 Paris France
5 May 1919, Paris (France). Original title: League of Red Cross Societies (LORCS) -- Ligue des sociétés de la Croix-Rouge (LSCR) -- Liga de Sociedades de la Cruz Roja Liga der Rotkreuz-Gesellschaften, on the initiative of Henry P Davison, one of the leaders of the American Red Cross. Name changed, Oct 1983, to League of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies -- Ligue des sociétés de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge -- Liga de Sociedades de la Cruz Roja y de la Media Luna Roja -- Liga der Rotkreuz- und Rothalbmond-Gesellschaften. Current name adopted Nov 1991, having already been referred to in that way as a supplementary title. The acronym IFRC is sometimes used. Together with F-XF1623 - International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and all officially recognized national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies, a constituent part of the F-XF2405 - International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
As a volunteer-based humanitarian network, act before, during and after disasters and health emergencies to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people, impartial to nationality, race, gender, religious beliefs, class and political opinions.
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Governing Bodies: General Assembly (every 2 years); Executive Council. These are assisted by Commissions. Permanent Secretariat in Geneva (Switzerland) comprises divisions and departments dealing with the spheres of activity in which national societies are permanently engaged. Regional delegations (15). Country delegations (43). Reference Centres (12):
- G-XM7165 - Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre (Climate Centre); Global Disaster Preparedness Center; Red Cross Caribbean Disaster Risk Management Reference Centre; Disaster Preparedness Reference Center; IFRC Global First Aid Reference Centre; Centre for Evidence-Based Practice; Livelihoods Centre; Psychosocial Support Centre; Reference Centre for Community Education on Disaster Preparedness; Reference Centre on Volunteering; Shelter Technical Unit;
- G-XM7166 - Asia Pacific Disaster Resilience Centre (APDRC).
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