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31st international conference and the auxiliary role of national societies kimberly nina rajaretnam icrc training wor

31st International Conferenceand the Auxiliary Role of National SocietiesKimberly Nina RajaretnamICRCTraining Workshop on strengthening disaster laws andhumanitarian action11 October 2011Male, Maldives


Introduction

INTRODUCTION

GENERAL ASSEMBLY – 23- 25 Nov 2011 (186 NS & Federation

meet to decide general policies)

COUNCIL OF DELEGATES – 26 Nov 2011 (Movement meet to

discuss matters concerning Movement and adopts agenda)

31ST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE – 28 Nov – 1 Dec 2011 (186

NS + ICRC + Federation + 194 State Parties to GCs)


Overview of the 31 st ic

OVERVIEW OF THE 31ST IC

WHEN → 28th November to 1st December 2011

WHERE → Geneva, Switzerland

WHO→ States Party to the Geneva Conventions and components of the Movement – the ICRC, the National Societies and their International Federation

WHAT → Movement's supreme deliberative body that convenes every four years

WHY → addresses evolving contemporary humanitarian challenges and the responsibilities of all Conference Members

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31st international conference and the auxiliary role of national societies kimberly nina rajaretnam icrc training wor

Structure

Version : 23 Aug 2011

Roll call for election

9:00 - 11:30

Drafting Committee

Opening Ceremony

5th plenary session (closing)

Drafting Report

Adoption of Resolutions

Comm. recommendations

(Final SC election results)

Drafting Committee

1st round

SC Election

Com

A

Com

B

Com

C

Com

D

3rd plenary session

Report on MoU

(Election results

1st round)

1st plenary

Formal opening (agenda/officers/speeches)

4th plenary session

disaster laws issues

2nd plenary session

IHL issues

13:30 – 16:00

2nd round

SC Election(if need)

Drafting Committee

Com

E

Com

C

Com

B

Com

A

16:30 – 19:00

Com

D

Com

E

Consolidation of resolutions and implementation guidance etc.

Workshops

18:00 - 20:00

Workshops

18:00 - 20:00

Meet the SC candidates

5 commissions running twice

Commission A: Migration: ensuring access,dignity,respect for diversity, social inclusion

Commission B: Partnership for stronger NSs & volunteering development

Commission C: Health care in danger

Commission D: inequitable access to health care

Commission E: IHL


31st international conference and the auxiliary role of national societies kimberly nina rajaretnam icrc training wor

OBJECTIVES

Strengthening IHL and humanitarian actions

Our world. Your move – for humanity

  • Strengthening IHL

  • Strengthening Legal Protection for Victims of Armed Conflicts

  • IHL & the challenges of contemporary armed conflicts

  • 4 year plan of action

  • Strengthening disaster laws

  • IDRL

  • Risk reduction legislation

  • Regulatory barriers to shelter

  • Strengthening local humanitarian action

  • Furthering auxiliary role: partnership for stronger NSs & volunteering development

  • Migration: ensuring access, dignity, respect for diversity & social inclusion

Addressing barriers to health care

  • 'Health Care in Danger'

  • Addressing equitable access to health services

Pledges


31st international conference and the auxiliary role of national societies kimberly nina rajaretnam icrc training wor

OBJECTIVE 1: STRENGTHENING IHL

  • WHAT IS IHL

  • -Geneva Conventions, Additional Protocols and Customary Law

  • WHEN DOES IHL APPLY?

    • - in international armed conflict

    • - in non-international armed conflict

    • - NOT in internal disturbances

  • WHO DOES IHL PROTECT?

    • - IHL protects those who are not, or no longer taking part in fighting (civilians, wounded, POWs, etc)

    • - IHL restricts the means and methods of warfare

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31st international conference and the auxiliary role of national societies kimberly nina rajaretnam icrc training wor

OBJECTIVE 1: STRENGTHENING IHL

  • Two reports form basis of debate:

  • Strengthening Legal Protection for Victims of

  • Armed Conflicts and

  • 2. IHL and the Challenges of Contemporary Armed conflicts – the "Challenges Report"

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31st international conference and the auxiliary role of national societies kimberly nina rajaretnam icrc training wor

OBJECTIVE 1: STRENGTHENING IHL

  • Four identified IHL areas for strengthening:

  • Protection for persons deprived of liberty *

  • Implementation of IHL* and reparations for victims of violations

  • Protection of IDPs

  • Protection of the natural environment

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31st international conference and the auxiliary role of national societies kimberly nina rajaretnam icrc training wor

OBJECTIVE 1: STRENGTHENING IHL

  • Challenges Report: IHL & the challenges of contemporary armed conflicts:

  • - overview of current challenges to IHL

  • background document

  • includes proposals for strengthening the law

  • 4 year Plan of Action (2011-2015)

  • overall aim of improving respect for IHL

  • objectives and recommendations for action on implementation

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OBJECTIVE 2: ADDRESSING BARRIERS TO HEALTH CARE

  • Respecting and Protecting Health in Armed Conflict and OSVs = Health Care in Danger (HCiD)

  • - addresses violence against health care workers, facilities

  • and beneficiaries

  • Movement to urge for better access – ensure with Parties the necessary guarantees / practice

  • HCiD Campaigndevelopment of practical measures

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OBJECTIVE 3:STRENGTHENING LOCAL HUMANITARIAN ACTION

  • Furthering auxiliary role: partnership for stronger National Societies & volunteering development

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31st international conference and the auxiliary role of national societies kimberly nina rajaretnam icrc training wor

AUXILIARY ROLE OF NATIONAL SOCIETIES

  • Role of the Auxiliary – IHL gives NS a special status

    - Geneva Convention 1- Article 26, etc.

    - Statutes for the Movement – Articles 3 (1) and 4(3)

    - 27th International Conference – Plan of Action

    - Resolution 2 from the 30th International Conference

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31st international conference and the auxiliary role of national societies kimberly nina rajaretnam icrc training wor

AUXILIARY ROLE OF NATIONAL SOCIETIES

  • Plan of Action from the 27th IC called for

    “an in-depth study into the working relationship between States and

    National Societies, taking into account the changing needs in the

    humanitarian, health and social fields, the auxiliary role of National

    Societies and the evolving role of the State, the private sector and

    voluntary organizations in service provision”.

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31st international conference and the auxiliary role of national societies kimberly nina rajaretnam icrc training wor

AUXILIARY ROLE OF NATIONAL SOCIETIES

  • Relationship between the State and National Society

  • - States have primary responsibility/ NS as a supporting role i.e. in disaster preparedness and response, community based health service, etc.

  • Cooperation between National Societies and the Movement

  • - NS role creates its own neutral, impartial, humanitarian space – allows access/operate freely

  • Fundamental Principles (Humanity, Impartiality and Neutrality) - NS obliged to adhere to the fundamental principles and States obliged to respect this obligation

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Fundamental principles of the movement

ICRC

Fundamental principles of the Movement

  • Humanity

  • Impartiality

  • Neutrality

  • Independence

  • Voluntary Service

  • Unity

  • Universality


31st international conference and the auxiliary role of national societies kimberly nina rajaretnam icrc training wor

EXPECTED RESOLUTIONS

  • Strengthening legal protection for victims of armed conflicts

  • Four-year action plan for IHL

  • Strengthening disaster laws

  • Respecting and Protecting Health Care in armed conflict and other situations of violence

  • Health inequities with a focus on women and children

  • Furthering the auxiliary role: partnership for stronger NSs & volunteering development

  • Migration: ensuring access, dignity, respect for diversity & social inclusion

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31st international conference and the auxiliary role of national societies kimberly nina rajaretnam icrc training wor

PLEDGES

  • Commitments to carry out actions in support of the implementation of resolutions adopted by the Conference

  • By any participants, individually and/or collectively

  • Pledge guidelines sent with convocation in May

  • Model pledges

  • Participants are encouraged to submit their pledges from September onwards at

http://www.rcrcconference.org/en/pledges-guidelines.html


31st international conference and the auxiliary role of national societies kimberly nina rajaretnam icrc training wor

MORE INFO @

www.rcrcconference.org


31st international conference and the auxiliary role of national societies kimberly nina rajaretnam icrc training wor

CONTACT PERSONS

IFRC

Mr Frank Mohrhauer, Head of Governance Support, Policy Implementation and Oversight Department, IFRC, Tel.: +41 22 730 42 55

e-mail: [email protected]

Ms Yulia Gusynina, Coordinator of the International Conference and Council of Delegates, IFRC, Tel.: +41 22 730 4525

e-mail: [email protected]

ICRC

Mr Bruce Biber, Head of the Division for Cooperation and Coordination within the Movement, ICRC,

Tel.: +41 22 730 26 63

e-mail: [email protected]

Ms Victoria Gardener, Head of the Unit for Movement Meetings

Tel.: +41 22 730 2110

e-mail: [email protected]

Standing Commission

Ms Helena Korhonen, Head of Secretariat

Tel.: +41 22 730 20 32, e-mail: h.korhonen @standcom.ch

Commissioner of the 31 st International Conference

H.E. Mr. Jean-François Paroz

Tel.: +41 22 749 25 22, e-mail: [email protected]


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