The Fundamental Principles
1859 – In the beginning
On the battlefield of Solferino, the actions of Henry Dunant and the local people delivered impartial humanitarian action of volunteers. “Tutti Fratelli” (all are brothers) is what the local people used to say while providing help to the wounded.
1955 – Jean Pictet - Red Cross lawyer
Red Cross Jurist, Jean Pictet, defined and analysed all the values which guide the work of the Movement. He listed 17 principles in two categories: Fundamental Principles (reason for the Movement ’s existence and inspire and influence all it does) and Organic principles (concerning the Movement ’s structure and how it works).
1965 – Adopting Seven Fundamental Principles
The Seven Fundamental Principles (as we know them today) are unanimously adopted by the 20th International Conference of the Red Cross in Vienna. It is also decided that they be read aloud at the opening of every International Conference, which continues today.
December 2015 – 32 International Conference of Red Cross and Red Crescent
Our Fundamental Principles in action will serve as the overarching theme at this unique forum – a meeting of IFRC, ICRC, all National Societies and States Party to the Geneva Conventions who come together to shape the humanitarian agenda.
See more about the impact of the Fundamental Principles on Red Cross and Red Crescent work at www.fundamentalprinciples.today