From 28 November to 1 December 2011, the 31st International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent took place in Geneva. Every four years, the Conference brings together the components of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement as well as the States party to the Geneva Conventions. It aims to address some of the most important questions regarding the development of humanitarian law and humanitarian action. In the following section Philip Spoerri, Director for International Law and Cooperation at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), introduces the resolutions adopted at the 31st Conference and reflects on its outcome from the ICRC’s perspective.
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