The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is an international humanitarian movement founded in 1863 after Henry Dunant, appalled at the suffering on the battlefield at Solferino, campaigned for a national volunteer organisation in every country. The two world bodies are the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). Its national societies number 190. The movement’s fundamental principles on which its action is based are humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independance, voluntary service, unity, universality.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), also known as the UN Refugee Agency, is a United Nations programme mandated to protect and support refugees at the request of a government or the UN itself and assists in their voluntary repatriation, local integration or resettlement to a third country. Its headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland. UNHCR has won two Nobel Peace Prizes, once in 1954 and again in 1981.
My international experience was gained mostly while working in these two world organisations, in Geneva, Africa, Asia and Latin America: