The World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day is observed every year on 8 May. The day aims to celebrate the principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, to reduce the suffering of people and enabling them to lead a dignified life with independence, humanity, impartiality, universality, unity and neutrality.
Theme 2021 World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day: ‘Unstoppable’
History of the day:
The day also marks the anniversary of the birth of Henry Dunant (8 May 1828), who was the founder of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). He was the recipient of the first Nobel Peace Prize.
Important takeaways for all competitive exams:
- President of the ICRC: Peter Maurer.
- Headquarters of ICRC: Geneva, Switzerland.