World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day

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Jean Henri Dunant, Founder of the Red Cross

World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day is an annual celebration of the principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. World Red Cross Red Crescent Day is celebrated on 8 May each year.[1] This date is the anniversary of the birth of Henry Dunant (born 8 May 1828), the founder of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the recipient of the first Nobel Peace Prize.[2][3][4][5][6]

History[edit]

The idea for an "annual action [that] could take hold in the whole world ... [that] would be a major contribution to peace" was introduced just after World War I and evolved out of the "Red Cross Truce, an initiative that was studied by an international commission established at the 14th International Conference of the Red Cross. Its results, presented to the 15th International Conference in Tokyo in 1934, was approved and having considered the principles of the truce, and its applicability across different regions of the world, the General Assembly of the International Federation of the Red Cross Societies (IFRC) asked the League of the Red Cross Societies (LORCS) to study the feasibility of adopting an annual International Red Cross Day.[2] Two years later, the proposal was adopted and the first Red Cross Day was celebrated on 8 May 1948. The official title of the day has changed over time, and it became "World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day" in 1984.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Foreign Secretary marks World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day". UK in USA. British Embassy, Washington D.C. 
  2. ^ a b c International Committee of the Red Cross (7 May 2003). "World Red Cross Red Crescent Day". Retrieved 2009-10-29. 
  3. ^ Marshall, C. M. "2012 World Red Cross Red Crescent Day". Yahoo Voices. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "World Red Cross Red Crescent Day – 8 May 2013". Education Scotland. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "International Red Cross and Red Crescent Day". South African Government Information. 10 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "We observe World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day 2012". Tempo. 8 May 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 

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