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International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
9 December 2005
Overview of the ICRC's operations in 2006
This document outlines the global operational priorities identified by the ICRC in 2006. It is based on the yearly internal review and planning process conducted primarily by the 80 field delegations and missions.
The following is an extract from the introduction by Pierre Krähenbühl, Director of Operations.
In this document, the ICRC presents its main operational trends and priorities for 2006. It reflects the organization’s bottom-up approach, containing primarily the analysis, objectives and plans of action developed by the ICRC’s 80 delegations and missions around the world. In this consolidated form, they represent the carefully considered and targeted responses to the needs identified by the ICRC at the time of writing in late October 2005.
Implications for current ICRC operations
In 2005, the ICRC confirmed its worldwide reach and was operational in numerous conflict zones. Among the most notable achievements during the year were an ambitious and multifaceted operation in Darfur and major humanitarian programmes in northern Uganda, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire and an increasingly unstable Somalia. The ICRC also pursued its wide-ranging humanitarian commitments in Israel and the Palestinian territories, Iraq, Afghanistan, Myanmar, the northern Caucasus, Colombia, Haiti and many other contexts.
Operational priorities in 2006
The core focus of the ICRC in 2006 will be to act in close proximity to people affected by armed conflicts and internal violence and provide them, to the best of its ability, with a meaningful humanitarian response to their plight. The ICRC will seek to act rapidly and efficiently, taking into account the diverse nature of the situations and the needs involved.
The budget for Israel, the Occupied and the Autonomous Territories has decreased (CHF 42.8 million), in light of the Israeli disengagement from Gaza. Nevertheless, the ICRC will keep up its protection activities covering detention visits, family visits to detainees and monitoring compliance with IHL, as well as its various assistance programmes for the Palestinian population.
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