The humanitarian trail project

The humanitarian trail project

On 4-12 December 2019, the 33rd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent was held in Geneva to discuss global humanitarian challenges and issues, and to decide on priorities for action in favor of people affected by armed conflict, disasters, and other situations of emergency.

During the Conference, the humanitarian trail was offered to participants and the general public in order to discover historical and thematic sites the human while immersing themselves in the city that gave birth to the Red Cross.

By following the trail in a brochure and an interactive map, visitors could choose between two following walking trails or discover the places and events separately and in any order. Group visits by professional guides were organised for the Conference participants. The humanitarian trail was made available in the four working languages of the Movement – English, French, Spanish, and Arabic.

The humanitarian legacy

(Old Town)

Discovery of the origins of the Red Cross and the Geneva Conventions initiated by a group of Geneva citizens.

The humanitarian legacy rail tour included exceptional visits to historical landmarks, notably the Palais de l’Athénée where the Red Cross was born over 150 years ago (Conference of 1863).

Visit of the Palais de l'Athénée 9 December 2019 - picture: Catherine Hubert-Girod

The humanitarian journey

(International district)

Exploring the evolution of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the development of humanitarian law and action, and the challenges of today and tomorrow. The trail included temporary installations on thematics of the Conference. The following are still on-going and can be visited online and as a traveling exhibition.

Digital dilemmas

Digital technologies have transformed the humanitarian sector. They improve the delivery of aid to people affected by conflict or disaster. 

However, they also carry tangible and unknown risks. 

This installation offered an immersive experience allowing visitors to explore the challenges of digital transformation on affected people.

Today it has been transformed into a website that you can experience anytime.

Humanitarian principles. Here and now.

How can art help us understand humanitarian principles?

As part of a collaboration, the Swiss department of foreign affairs, the ICRC, and the Musée de l’Elysée asked ten Swiss artists to create films, sharing their vision of Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, and Independence.

The exhibition also includes an interactive activity with photographs « Dialogues on Humanity » which allowed visitors to explore their reactions to six photographs and engage in a dialogue with humanitarian workers and museum professionals about the dilemmas behind each photograph.

The exhibition is being presented by Swiss Embassies around the world.

The humanitarian trail of the Red Cross 2020

Today we are proud to continue the project with a new edition of the brochure, an interactive map and a website dedicated to its promotion. Adapted for the general public, the humanitarian Trail is now available in French, English, Spanish, and German.