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What is on the agenda?

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What are the themes?

International humanitarian law: protecting people in armed conflict
2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the 1949 Geneva Conventions, which are universally ratified. The 33rd International Conference presents an opportune moment for the members of the Conference to reaffirm their commitment to IHL and to work towards its full application and implementation, especially at the national level.

Shifting vulnerabilities
The changes of the 21st century are complex and inter-related. The current shifts in technology, climate, population movements, demography and urbanization are shaping the world we live in. They unavoidably impact millions of people across the world, bearing new opportunities, but also creating new vulnerabilities. These trends are changing the fabric of societies and the humanitarian landscape, to the extent that traditional assumptions and ways of working might not be effective in addressing the challenges presented.

Trust in humanitarian action
Trust in humanitarian action is on the agenda of the 33rd International Conference due to the declining trust in institutions and governments, an increase in public scrutiny, and calls for stronger integrity and accountability. This Commission will explore how the components of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement can work together with States to maintain and strengthen trust in principled humanitarian action.
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What are the main outcomes?

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