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The 2019 Council of Delegates will gather together the 191 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to discuss matters which concern the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement as a whole.

The overarching objective of the Council of Delegates is to enhance the effectiveness of the Movement’s humanitarian action and establish a strong, unified and unique Movement position on key topics ahead of the 33rd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.

The Council of Delegates will take place on the day before the International Conference, which is where the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions join the Movement components to take decisions and engage in debates on key issues of humanitarian concern. The Council of Delegates will have the unique task of adopting the provisional agenda of the International Conference and its proposed officers, and will take place over one day, on 8 December 2019. The Council of Delegates will work in plenary only during its meeting in 2019.

The Outline of the proposal agenda topics for the 2019 Council of Delegates sets out an initial overview of the proposed topics to be addressed at the 2019 Council of Delegates. These topics have been grouped into two main areas: accountability and integrity, and addressing needs and vulnerabilities. These areas, and the topics within them, reflect key dimensions of the Movement’s work today which require action and have a significant impact for people and communities on the ground. They are areas where it is anticipated that decisions may be adopted, or discussions required, and they include topics which have been either set down by previous resolutions or proposed by workshops held in previous meetings of the Council of Delegates.

For members of the Council, please share your contributions and input on the proposed agenda items and objectives at: conferences@rcrcconference.org