Seville Agreement And Its Supplementary Measures


4.4. Regional networks can play a crucial role in supporting movements. The International Federation is called upon to coordinate cooperation between national societies in different regions and to facilitate pre-regional arrangements as preparatory actions in the event of an emergency in peacetime requiring international assistance. The ICRC can also participate in such agreements. The operation in the Balkans, in particular, showed that the commitment and motivation of staff from all parts of the movement could lead to the agreement working even when there were problems with systems, working practices between the ICRC and the Federation and, on a few occasions, getting national societies to work within the Seville structure. This agreement is more than an operational management instrument or a statement of intent. It initiates a profound change in attitude between members of the same movement: the adoption of a collaborative spirit in which each member of the movement appreciates the contributions of other members as partners in a global humanitarian enterprise. It is a cooperation agreement and not just a division of labour, and it applies to all international activities which, in accordance with the movement`s statutes, must be carried out in close cooperation. It sets clear guidelines for the accomplishment of tasks by members of the movement, using the specific areas of competence and complementary capabilities of each to achieve this as best they can. It ensures the continuity of activities in the event of a change of situation and aims to promote, among the components, a stronger sense of identity, solidarity, mutual trust and shared responsibility. The ICRC and the Federation have always worked closely with the National Society in every emergency.

But, for the first time, Seville has explicitly accepted national companies in an operational agreement. Psychologically, this was important because it helped to find a better balance between the different roles and to encourage participants to recognize the abilities of others. In the opinion of some leaders of the National Society and the President of the Federation, the practical involvement of companies in operations under the seville agreement should be further emphasized. 5.5.1 If, following an upheaval, responsibility for the management and coordination of an international relief operation is entrusted by the ICRC or the Federation, in accordance with the relevant articles of this agreement, the governing body, acting in agreement with the operating national society and in consultation with the participating national companies, takes all appropriate measures to ensure an effective and harmonious transfer of management and behaviour. international aid organization. by the component that assumes the steering function.