The 2012 Asturias Award for International Cooperation has been won by the International Movement of the Red Cross which incorporates the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
The announcement was made in Oviedo by the president of the jury which considered 32 nominations from 15 different countries. It is the sixth Asturias to be awarded this year.
“The Red Cross, the Red Crescent and their volunteers save lives, protect livelihoods, support recovery after disasters and crises, make possible a safe and healthy life and promote social inclusion and a culture of non-violence and peace,” said
Gustavo Suarez Pertierra, the President of the Jury
The Red Cross works across the globe to provide humanitarian help for people affected by conflict and armed violence as on the Turkey Syria border last year. It is an impartial, independent and non political organisation.
In 2006 it was present in the Congo, its workers and volunteers have also been in Afghanistan. It is active not just in areas of conflict, the movement also supports communities which have been hit by natural disasters as in May last year and the earthquake which struck southeastern Spain.