May 8 is an opportunity to pay tribute to the tremendous, life-saving work of millions of dedicated staff and volunteers worldwide. This World Red Cross Red Crescent Day also marks the official launch of Our world. Your move.


“All can, in one way or another, each in his own sphere and within his own limitations, do something to help the good work forward.” These words, written by Henry Dunant following the Battle of Solferino, embody the spirit of our International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. This year, we mark the 150th anniversary of Solferino and the origins of our Movement by celebrating his belief that individuals have the power to make a difference.

A joint statement from the presidents of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross on the occasion of World Red Cross Red Crescent Day 2009