On the occasion of its 50th Anniversary, ASEAN affirms its commitment to foster a people-oriented ASEAN Community. It is toward this end that it celebrates and continues to abide by fundamental humanitarian principles.

The ASEAN Community recognizes the vital role that the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) – collectively, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement – play in the alleviation of human suffering in the aftermath of natural and man-made disasters, and other related challenges in the ASEAN region. ASEAN also takes note of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement’s adherence to its fundamental principles of Humanity, Independence, Neutrality, Impartiality, Voluntarism, Unity and Universality.

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