Canadian Red Cross

Canadian Red Cross

November 29, 2007 10:58 ET

Government of Canada Brings New Emblem Into Law: Government and Red Cross Working Closely Together

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 29, 2007) - The Canadian Red Cross welcomes the ratification by Canada of the third protocol to the Geneva Conventions, recognizing the Red Crystal emblem, which was announced at the 30th International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in Geneva this week.

The additional emblem is a red frame in the shape of a square on edge, on a white background. The red crystal has the same status as the existing red cross and red crescent emblems recognized by the Geneva Conventions and protected by International Law.

"We welcome the ratification of the third protocol. This signifies true universality within our Movement allowing National Societies, if they choose, to use the red crystal," says Paul Wharram, Interim Secretary General/CEO of the Canadian Red Cross.

Over 190 countries currently use either the red cross or the red crescent emblems. Respect for the red cross, red crescent and red crystal emblems is crucial to ensure protection for humanitarian aid workers and medical personnel.

Since 1885, the red cross has been used in Canada and for Canadians is a symbol of help and hope inspiring humanitarian action through voluntary service.

A strong partnership: Red Cross and Government of Canada

The importance of enhanced collaboration is the focus of the 30th International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent. Some 1,500 representatives of the Movement, the States party to the Geneva Conventions, including delegations from the Canadian Red Cross and the Government of Canada, are taking part in the five-day event, which sets the Movement's humanitarian agenda for the next four years.

"We are very pleased to announce nine joint pledges with the Government of Canada that embody the theme "Together for Humanity"," says Wharram. "We are working closely together and through these pledges demonstrate a common commitment to protect the most vulnerable in Canada and around the world."

That the nine pledges are being made jointly by the Canadian Red Cross and the Government of Canada is significant as this signals an even stronger working relationship to help protect humanity.

The pledges specifically focus on protecting children, preventing malaria, responding to disasters and further defining and strengthening Red Cross' role as auxiliary to the public authorities in Canada.

The 30th International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent brings together 186 National Societies, the International Federation, the ICRC and the 194 States party to the Geneva Conventions. It is the supreme deliberative organ of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

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