International Red Cross to celebrate its 150th birthday on Sunday
GENEVA (AFP) - As the International Committee of the Red Cross prepares to turn 150, it is as relevant as ever and rapidly adapting to the conflicts of the 21st century, its president told AFP in an interview.
"150 years of history show that ICRC is needed today more than ever," Peter Maurer told AFP at his office at the organisation's headquarters in Geneva ahead of anniversary celebrations on February 17.
Flanked by four framed Nobel Peace Prize diplomas, he described how the ICRC had grown over the years from a small group of philanthropic volunteers to an operation counting 12,000 employees with a $1.2-billion budget.
Three of the awards were won by the organisation itself in 1917, 1944 and 1963 and one by one of its founders, Henry Dunant, who was honoured the first time the prize was awarded in 1901.