Background to the 13th Mediterranean Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

The Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina will host the 13th Mediterranean Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies from the 2nd to the 5th of April 2019 under the motto “Standing for Humanity”.

During the Mediterranean conference, the NSs will discuss some of the humanitarian challenges related to migration, climate change, youth engagement and social inclusion and will define the strategic guidelines to be followed by the Centre for the Cooperation in the Mediterranean during the next four years

The Mediterranean Conference of the RCRC Societies convenes the 26 National Societies of the Mediterranean and other National Societies who have historical or geographical links with the region, thus creating a link between countries of Europe, Middle East and North Africa.

The Conference is held every 4 years. It aims at strengthening cooperation and encouraging dialogue between National Societies from the region with distinct cultural and historical features, thus contributing to the fulfillment of the purposes of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

The first Mediterranean Conference was held in 1980 in Belgrade. Since then, a total of 12 Mediterranean Conferences have been celebrated. The last Conference took place in San Marino (Republic of San Marino) in 2015, where the San Marino Declaration was endorsed, underlining which humanitarian issues were to be tackled with greater emphasis in the years to come:

  • Fundamental Principles, link to Humanitarian Diplomacy
  • Crisis Response and Preparedness
  • Youth and Volunteer
  • Assistance and Protection to Migrants
  • Social Inclusion and the Promotion of a Culture of Non-violence and Peace