The 31st International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent starts next Wednesday in Geneva, Switzerland. It is the largest humanitarian gathering in the world, with over 2000 representatives of Red Cross and Red Crescent national societies and States signatory to the Geneva Conventions expected to take part.
One of the objectives of the Conference is to push for improved security so that health care can be delivered unimpeded in armed conflicts and other situations of violence. Another is to strengthen the legal protection of victims of armed conflict, in particular that of detainees in non-international armed conflicts.
Bruce Biber oversees cooperation and coordination between the ICRC and the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement. He explains the process and the stakes a week before the Conference gets underway.