Attacks against the wounded and sick as well as against health-care personnel and facilities, and medical transports – Movement and non-Movement actors alike – remain a common occurrence and a grave humanitarian concern. In times of armed conflict, this is concomitant with a lack of respect for the distinctive emblems, recognized under the 1949 Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols, and their protective function.

The 2017 Council of Delegates offers a valuable opportunity for Movement components to engage in further dialogue on key issues, best practices and achievements in the follow-up to Resolution 4 on Health Care in Danger adopted by the 32nd International Conference and in ensuring respect for, and correct use of, the emblems. The discussion will build on the diverse initiatives and on past International Conference and Council of Delegate resolutions concerning Health Care in Danger, international humanitarian law, the Safer Access Framework, Movement branding, Movement cooperation and coordination, and accountability to affected populations. In the lead-up to the 33rd International Conference, the proposed workshop will aim to recall the roles and responsibilities of National Societies as well as showcase good practices in promoting the Health Care in Danger objectives and in ensuring respect for the emblems.

Languages: English/French/Spanish/Arabic/Russian

Outline: Protecting health care and respecting the emblems: How the Movement can lead the collective effort

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