Created in 2006 by Nicole Guedj, the Red Helmets Foundation is making the humanitarian action easier. The Foundation has two main aims:
|To obtain the creation of Red Helmets at the UN: this new force would be created under the aegis of the UN. Those humanitarian brothers to the Blue Helmets would be composed by a High Command and by an operational force able to act at anytime. Therefore, the Red Helmets could be dispatched during the first hours of a disaster, thanks to their work of anticipation.
Since the Haiti earthquake, many voices have called for a new humanitarian governance. In Port-au-Prince, the Haitian President has called as well for the creation of Red Helmets at the UN. A few weeks later, he went with Nicole Guedj to meet Ban Ki-Moon, the UN Secretary General, to present this project. Ban Ki-Moon said he was keen to consider it.
To use new technologies to support the humanitarian action: in order to back up the action of rescue teams, the Red Helmets Foundation designs logistical tools put at the disposal of NGOs and UN agencies. After the design of Emergesat, a humanitarian container of telecommunications, in partnership with the CNES and Thales Alenia Space, the Foundation involved itself in the creation of a global missing person search engine, MISSING.NET, new food rations, etc.
In order to reach all these aims, the Red Helmets Foundation is lobbying to persuade companies that their resources and capacities can be used by the humanitarian world.
The Red Helmets Foundation wants to create partnerships between the public sector, the private one and non-profit organizations.