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Election of the Standing Commission


The SC has nine members:

Members of the Standing Commission

Election at the 33rd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (2019)

The next election of the Standing Commission will be held at the 33rd International Conference which will take place from 9 to 12 December 2019 in Geneva. The International Conference will elect five members of the Standing Commission for a 4-year term starting at the end of the International Conference.

Nomination of candidates

Candidates must be members of a recognized National Society in the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. They are invited to complete and submit the standard Nomination Form. An electronic version of this form as well as more detailed information on the functions of the Standing Commission and on the requirements vis-à-vis its members and the candidates for the election are available through the links below, in particular in the documents on the Profile for Candidates, and the Guiding Principles for the Election of the Standing Commission.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit nominations to the Standing Commission Secretariat at least sixty days before the opening of the International Conference. i.e., by 9 October 2019 in order to improve transparency and diversity, hence allowing sufficient time for members of the Conference, who elect the members of the Standing Commission, to acquaint themselves with the candidates. Nomination forms must be completed in one of the four working languages of the Conference. They will be translated into all four working languages and posted on a rolling basis on the Conference’s website as soon as the eligibility is confirmed. That being said, as per Rule 21 of the Rules of Procedure of the Movement, nominations for the Standing Commission may still be delivered to the Chair of the Conference Bureau until 9 December 2019 (i.e. 48 hours before the opening of the meeting in which the election will take place). The Bureau will circulate all nominations 24 hours before the election.

Members of the Standing Commission are elected in their personal capacity. In accordance with Rule 21 of the Rules of Procedure, personal qualities and fair geographical distribution should be taken into account when nominating candidates. Furthermore, individuals of all genders, in addition to individuals from all regions, are encouraged to submit their candidacies in order to favor both fair geographical representation and equitable gender balance.

Election procedure

As per the current draft provisional agenda and programme of the International Conference, the elections will be held on 11 December 2019. An informal ‘Meet the Candidates’ session will be organised on 10 December at 18.30.
Additional information will be provided before the 33rd International Conference.


The Secretariat of the Standing Commission as well as the electoral cell established by the Standing Commission are available for any questions. Please submit the Nomination Form to the Standing Commission Secretariat by post (paper form and handwritten signature) or by email (electronic form and signature) to:

  • Address: Secretariat of the Standing Commission of the Red Cross and Red Crescent

19, Avenue de la Paix, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland