The Mediterranean Conference of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies convenes the National Societies of the Mediterranean or other National Societies who have historical or geographical links with the region, in line with article 38 of the Statutes of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, on the topic of Regional Conferences.
The Mediterranean Conference is set up by National Societies of Red Cross and Red Crescent, thus creating a link between countries of Europe, Middle East and North Africa.
It aims at strengthening cooperation and encouraging dialogue between National Societies from the region with distinct cultural and historical features contributing to the fulfillment of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement purposes.
The Mediterranean Conference is held every 3 or 4 years. The first Mediterranean Conference was held in 1980, in Belgrade. Since then, a number of 11 Mediterranean Conferences have been celebrated. The 10th took place in Athens (Greece) in 2007 while the 11th Mediterranean Conference was held in Cavtat (Croatia) in 2010.
The members of the National Societies of Red Cross and Red Crescent are: Albania, Andorra, Algeria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Egypt, Slovenia, Spain, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Morocco, Monaco, Montenegro, Palestine, Portugal, San Marine, Serbia, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey.
The Centre for the Cooperation in the Mediterranean, created in 2005, is hosting the Permanent Office of the Mediterranean Conference with its headquarters in Barcelona, as per agreed by the Mediterranean National Societies.