ICRC - Geneva: While millions of people in Syria, Mali, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo struggle to cope with the devastating consequences of armed conflict, millions more are quietly experiencing a similar fate in lesser-known places such as the Central African Republic. All need help.
The International Committee of the Red Cross, which works in more than 80 countries all over the world, is asking its donors for 1.29 billion Swiss francs (1.05 billion euros, or 1.33 billion US dollars) to cover its activities in 2014.
"Armed conflict and other situations of violence are affecting the lives and dignity of countless men, women and children. Our ambition is to reach them and provide a wide range of services – from emergency relief to support for recovery efforts and for their own capacity to cope with humanitarian crises. We are also aiming to widen our access to particularly vulnerable people such as detainees," said ICRC President Peter Maurer, speaking at a press conference in Geneva on the occasion of the launch of the organization's emergency appeals. "The budget for 2014 is a realistic estimate of the resources required to maintain an array of quality services, tailored to the needs in each situation, while taking due account of the difficult security environment in some key contexts." The ICRC's budget includes the initial figures of 1,104.4 million Swiss francs for field operations and of 191.7 million francs for support provided by the organization's headquarters in Geneva.
In 2014, the ICRC's largest operations in terms of expenditure will be in Syria – one of the severest and bloodiest crises to erupt in a long time, for which the budget will amount to more than 105 million Swiss francs, or 10 per cent of the organization's total annual outlay – and Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, South Sudan, Iraq, Mali, Israel and the occupied territories, Sudan and Colombia. In the Philippines, relief activities in the areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan will be stepped up.
ICRC president Peter Maurer shares the ICRC's priorities for 2014