The next election of the Standing Commission will be held at the 33rd International Conference which will take place from 9 to 12 December 2019 in Geneva.

Election of the Standing Commission of the Red Cross and Red Crescent

  • Functions and composition of the Standing Commission

    The Statutes of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement define the Standing Commission (SC) as “the trustee of the International Conference between two Conferences, carrying out the functions laid down in Article 18”.
    Further, the Statutes require that the Standing Commission shall comprise nine members:
    • Five members of different National Societies, each elected in their personal capacity by the International Conference;
    • Two representatives of the ICRC, one of whom shall be the President;
    • Two representatives of the International Federation, one of whom shall be the President.
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  • Information on nominations

    Candidates must be members of a recognized National Society in the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. They are invited to complete and submit the attached Nomination Form. More detailed information on the functions of the Standing Commission and on the requirements vis-à-vis its members and the candidates for the election are available below, in particular in the documents on the Profile for Candidates, and the Guiding Principles for the Election of the Standing Commission.
    Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit nominations to the Standing Commission Secretariat at least sixty days before the opening of the International Conference. i.e., by 9 October 2019 in order to improve transparency and diversity, hence allowing sufficient time for members of the Conference, who elect the members of the Standing Commission, to acquaint themselves with the candidates. Nomination forms must be completed in one of the four working languages of the Conference. That being said, as per Rule 21 of the Rules of Procedure of the Movement, nominations for the Standing Commission may still be delivered to the Chair of the Conference Bureau until 9 December 2019 (i.e. 48 hours before the opening of the meeting in which the election will take place).
    Members of the Standing Commission are elected in their personal capacity. In accordance with Rule 21 of the Rules of Procedure, personal qualities and fair geographical distribution should be taken into account when nominating candidates. Furthermore, individuals of all genders, in addition to individuals from all regions, are encouraged to submit their candidacies in order to favor both fair geographical representation and equitable gender balance.
    Reference documents for nominations

    o   Call for nominations (letter of 7 June 2019)
    o   Nomination form
    o   Profile for candidates for election to the Standing Commission (Adopted by Council of Delegates, Geneva, 1 – 2 December 1995)
    o   Guiding principles for the election of the Standing Commission (Adopted by the Standing Commission on 21 September 2011)

    The Secretariat of the Standing Commission as well as the electoral cell established by the Standing Commission are available for any questions. Please submit the Nomination Form to the Standing Commission Secretariat by post (paper form and handwritten signature) or by email (electronic form and signature) to:

    –   Address: Secretariat of the Standing Commission of the Red Cross and Red Crescent
    19, Avenue de la Paix, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland
    –   E-mail:
    –   Telephone: + 41 22 730 2032
  • List of candidates

    Nomination forms will be translated into all four working languages and posted on a rolling basis in this section as soon as the eligibility is confirmed. The Bureau of the International Conference will also circulate all nominations 24 hours before the election.
    List of candidates in alphabetical order
    Hilal Al-Sayer (Kuwait Red Crescent Society)
    Mercedes Babé (Spanish Red Cross)
    Azamat Baialinov (Red Crescent Society of Kyrgyzstan)
    Ashanta Osborne Moses (Guyana Red Cross Society)
    Ibrahim Osman (Sudanese Red Crescent)
    Fine Tu’itupou-Arnold (Cook Islands Red Cross Society)
    George B. Weber (The Canadian Red Cross Society)
    Obid Yahya Hadi Mardam (Yemen Red Crescent Society)
  • Election procedure

    As per the current draft provisional agenda and programme, the elections will be held on 11 December 2019 and conducted by way of electronic voting. An informal ‘Meet the Candidates’ session will be organised on 10 December at 18.30.
    Additional information on the election procedure will be provided before the 33rd International Conference.