The Red Cross, a worldwide movement
The International Red Cross comprises of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Society (Federation), and the national societies of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.
The International Red Cross Conference takes place every four years and consists of representatives of the International comities of the Red Cross, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, all the national Societies of the Red Cross and Red Crescent as well as representatives from all the signatory states of the Geneva Convention. The International Red Cross Conference is the link between the worldwide Red Cross Organisation and the signatory states of the Geneva Convention. It is the most important division of the Red Cross. The job of the International Red Cross Conference is to answer those questions that are relevant to the whole of the Red Cross, Red Crescent movement.
The Permanent Commission has the responsibility for overseeing the implementation of the resolutions of the International Red Cross. Between conferences the Commission is responsible for representing the International Red Cross and preparing for the next conference.
In between sessions the Permanent Commission also coordinates the work of the ICRC and the Federation. The Permanent Commission consists of representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Federation as well as elected Conference members.