Celebrating World Red Cross Red Crescent Day

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement celebrates its 50th anniversary today with World Red Cross Red Crescent Day through its campaign, ‘Our principles in action.’

This campaign examines the fundamental role the seven Fundamental Principles play in the delivery of its humanitarian mission and demonstrates how their application enables individuals to retain their human dignity and livelihood, in the face of conflict, disaster or crisis.

World Red Cross Red Crescent Day, held today on May 8, the birthday of the movement’s founder Henry Dunant, is an annual celebration of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Each year, Red Cross and Red Crescent societies organise activities within local communities to highlight the role of the Movement in their respective countries.

‘Our principles in action’ is an on-going topic of discussion through 2015, culminating at the International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in December.

Proclaimed in Vienna in 1965, the seven Fundamental Principles are an expression of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement’s practices and values: Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity, and Universality.

The 50th anniversary of the Fundamental Principles provides a unique opportunity to develop a dialogue on the impact of our principles and their transformative power in the lives of the people we serve.

The Fundamental Principles safeguard the continuity of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and assure that the movement acts in a consistent and cohesive manner. They are the foundation of the movement’s commitment to serve vulnerable individuals and communities everywhere, now and in the future.

The principles define the identity and distinctiveness of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and guide its decisions and work in all situations, allowing the movement to reach populations most in need and work alongside them.

Around the world, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement helps support millions of people every year – in times of conflict, disaster and crisis. Here in Malaysia, we reach more than 100,000 people, building stronger communities through emergency response, ambulance and first aid services, first aid & safety training, promotion of public health and prevention of non-communicable diseases, blood donor’s recruitment promotion and dissemination of International Humanitarian Law and a wide range of social services programmes.

Help demonstrate the Fundamental Principles in action. Tell us what the Fundamental Principles mean to you. Have the principles impacted your life or someone you know? Share your personal story at www.fundamentalprinciples.today or join the global conversation using #ourprinciplesinaction.

Watch World Red Cross Red Crescent Day 2015 and the Fundamental Principles video below:

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