Strengthening Movement Coordination and Cooperation (SMCC)

Building on Resolution 4 of the 2013 Council of Delegates and Resolution 1 of the 2015 Council of Delegates, the topic will be presented for debate along with a new resolution, a progress report and a revised plan of action. These documents will capture the concrete advances made on the topic and will propose a set of new time-bound actions to consolidate and further the improvements made collectively on Movement coordination, preparedness and response, not only in large-scale emergencies but also in day-to-day situations. The proposed new approach to the plan of action will be lighter, while addressing more complex and transformational issues that will allow the Movement to tackle humanitarian needs of affected populations in a more efficient, complementary, accountable and cost-effective manner.

Movement-wide vision and principles for resource mobilization

At the Council of Delegates in December 2015, Movement components committed to pursue an inclusive process to develop Movement-wide principles for resource mobilization through the resolution on the adoption of the Movement logo (CD/15/R2). A Movement Reference Group was established to undertake this process leading towards a resolution. The resolution aims to approve a vision and principles for Movement-wide resource mobilization as well as several proposed work programmes to enhance the Movement’s capacity to realize its true fundraising potential.

Protecting and responding to the needs of vulnerable migrants

A joint statement on the humanitarian needs of vulnerable migrants will be proposed for adoption by the Council of Delegates. It will build on Resolution 3 of the 31st International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent to reiterate the Movement’s humanitarian concerns and commitment to respond to the assistance and protection needs of all migrants, including irregular migrants, with a particular focus on groups that are often most at risk. The statement will aim to channel the Movement’s voice to States and urge them to take action to ensure the safety and dignity of all migrants and to make action-oriented commitments in relevant national, regional and international processes, including in the negotiations of the two Compacts.

Working towards the elimination of nuclear weapons

A new resolution and plan of action will be presented. The resolution will be introduced by a report that will include a progress report on Resolution 1 of the 2013 Council of Delegates on “Working towards the elimination of nuclear weapons: Four-year action plan”. The resolution will contain the Movement’s response to the outcome of the 2017 “United Nations conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination” and adopt a new plan of action inviting increased efforts by all components of the Movement for the next four years to ensure that nuclear weapons are never used again and that they are prohibited and eliminated, based on existing commitments and international obligations, as called for by Resolution 1 of the 2011 Council of Delegates.

Education: related humanitarian needs

Out of the estimated 65 million children and adolescents aged 3–15 most directly affected by armed conflict, disasters and other emergencies around the world, approximately 37 million are out of school. The rising number of conflicts, disasters and other emergencies heighten the risks of children and adolescents having their education disrupted, receiving poor-quality education or dropping out of school and pose serious psychosocial, safety and protection concerns overall. This is why education is systematically cited as a priority by those living in such situations, alongside other essential humanitarian needs such as food, shelter and water.


The Council of Delegates will be presented with a resolution that will affirm the Movement’s position and commitment to further responding to education-related needs of affected populations, with a particular focus on risk reduction, protection, safety and access, bearing in mind the different roles and mandates of the Movement’s components. It will aim to provide a framework and general directions for further action by the Movement’s components in this sector. The resolution will build on objective 2 contained in Resolution 2 “4-year action plan for the implementation of international humanitarian law”, adopted at the 31st International Conference. It will also build on the workshop held at the 2013 Council of Delegates, the side-event at the 32nd International Conference and two 2015 pledges: “Strengthening the protection of education during armed conflict” and “Changing minds, saving lives and building resilience through values-based education for all”.

Addressing mental health and psychosocial needs

The Council of Delegates provides the opportunity to advance the Movement’s work on Mental Health and Psychosocial support (MHPSS). A resolution will lay the foundation for the development of a Movement policy framework on mental health and psychosocial support to be adopted at the following Council of Delegates in 2019.

Working towards an International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement approach to Epidemics and Pandemics

The 2017 Council of Delegates provides an opportunity to review the role of the Movement components, in light of current and emerging global health trends and threats, and approve a plan of action for working with governments to improve national-level preparedness and response to epidemics and pandemics.

Restoring Family Link (RFL) strategy development

The 2015 report on the implementation of the Restoring Family Links (RFL) Strategy (2008–2018) to the Council of Delegates (CoD) announced the upcoming development of a new RFL Strategy for the period after 2018. The report to be submitted to the CoD 2017 outlines the main preliminary strategic orientations of the new RFL Strategy in development as a result of the consultations carried out within the Movement and with external stakeholders. A resolution will be presented, taking note of the report on the implementation of the Restoring Family Links (RFL) Strategy (2008–2018), welcoming the work undertaken and encouraging it to be continued, reaffirming the validity of the current RFL Strategy until 2019 and inviting the Implementation Group to submit a new RFL Strategy for adoption by the next CoD in 2019.

International humanitarian law

A general resolution on IHL matters will take note of the progress report on the implementation of Resolutions 1 and 2 of the 32nd International Conference on “Strengthening international humanitarian law protecting persons deprived of their liberty” and on the Intergovernmental Process on Strengthening Respect for IHL, respectively.


It will also note a report on the ICRC’s Customary IHL Study and Database, highlighting the crucial role of the Movement in making this important contribution to the protection of victims of armed conflict. Since 2007, the ICRC, in partnership with the British Red Cross and supported with practice contributions by other National Societies, has been working on updating the practice underpinning the Study. Since 2010, the full Study and regular practice updates have been readily available on the ICRC’s online CIHL Database.