The overarching objective of the 2019 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 takes place over one day, on the day before the International Conference. The International Conference 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 has the unique task of adopting the provisional agenda of the International Conference and proposing its officers. In 2019, the Council of Delegates will be held on 8 December and work in plenary only.
The outline of the agenda topics for the 2019 Council of Delegates gives an preliminary overview of the topics to be addressed. 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 out by previous resolutions or proposed by workshops held in previous meetings of the Council of Delegates.