The 33rd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent will take place in December 2019 at the CICG (International Conference Centre Geneva) in Geneva. Detailed information on the preparation and consultation will be provided at a later stage.
Part of the continuous conference cycle, the preparations for the 33rd International Conference took up speed following the Movement’s Council of Delegates in November 2017.
The 1st briefing for Permanent Missions in Geneva took place in 23 March 2018 informing the State members on the preparatory process and understanding their expectations of the 33rd International Conference. Similar exercises have been carried out with National Societies in various meetings i.e. the European Legal Support Group meeting and the Global Policy meeting.
The consultations guide the Joint Organizing Committee “JOC” (made up of representatives from IFRC, ICRC, Standing Commission Secretariat and the Commissioner of the Conference) to identify content elements, expectations regarding the format and design of the Conference, and indicators of a successful 33rd International Conference.
You can reach the JOC and provide input on consultations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Setting up the agenda
The concept note proposing the overarching theme that will frame all the decisions and debates at the Conference, the specific topics, and the consultation process is currently in development.
The document will look at topics that are already mandated to feature on the agenda by previous meetings and new topics that reflect current and emerging humanitarian concerns of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, proposing specific objectives and potential outcomes for each of them.
The new topics proposed for the agenda have been sourced through an extensive outreach process of two years, with all the Movement components and external partners, as reflected in deliberations of the 2017 Council of Delegates and of the RC2 Forum.
In July, the Standing Commission will endorse the proposed concept note. It will then be shared with the conference members for consultation, and with observers to ensure their early engagement.
The input received from the members will be incorporated in a second version of the concept note, including a preliminary attempt of a draft agenda of the Conference – to be shared towards the end of this year.
Engagement and outreach
The main objective of the engagement and outreach is to ensure that the International Conference is increasingly agile and impactful by involving the Conference members and the observers more comprehensively in the preparatory process and the delivery of the Conference.
The outreach and engagement toward the 33rd International Conference includes a broad range of initiatives that complement the statutory consultation requirements, from promotion and outreach activities to raise interest in the 33rd International Conference, to more 2-way engagement activities which aim ultimately at informing the agenda and enable richer discussions during the Conference.
From now until June 2018 the activities will aim at focusing attention and raising interest in the Conference and gathering inputs towards the development of the concept note.
From July 2018 to November 2019 the activities will aim at promoting the Conference agenda and engaging on substantive preparations of the proposed decisions and debates.
A detailed activities plan that builds on all existing opportunities for consultation as well as outlines additional targeted activities will be shared shortly available and constantly updated.
Consultation - State members
Group of Ambassadors meeting
1st meeting – 7 December 2018
Permanent missions briefings in Geneva
1st meeting – 4 October 2018
2nd meeting – 22 June 2018
3rd meeting – 23 March 2018
Upcoming events (exact dates still need to be confirmed):
Permanent Missions briefings and Group of Ambassadors meetings in Geneva: March 2019, June 2019, September/October 2019, November 2019
Preparatory Meeting on draft resolutions: 27-28 June 2019
Consultation - National Societies
Preparatory Meeting on draft resolutions
27 – 28 June 2019, Geneva
Regional meetings and other meetings
– European Legal Advisors meeting, Februray 2018
– Global policy meeting, April 2018
– European Regional Conference, 2-4 May 2018, Almaty
– Asia Pacific Conference, 11-14 November 2018, Manila
2nd webinar, 27 September 2018 – Presentation
1st webinar, 30 May 2018 – Presentation
Other sessions of webinars will be organised. Detailed schedule will be available soon.
The outline of 33rd International Conference proposed agenda topics builds upon the feedback received on the Concept Notes of the 33rd International Conference from both National Societies and States, until December 2018. It is intended to provide the basis for the continued dialogue with Conference members through various meetings, webinars, bilateral discussions and dedicated working groups, throughout the course of 2019. These consultations will aim to shape together the content of proposed debates and decisions, and thus the topics presented in this document are not definitive.
Please send the feedback to email@example.com by 28 February 2019 indicating the priority topic(s) that you would most likely plan to engage on in the coming months.
The official convocation, registration information and further details will be sent in June 2019 in accordance with the International Conference Rules of Procedure.