Dear President Huang Jin，Dean Xiao Yongping and Professor Yu Minyou,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
As you all know，the International Committee of the Red Cross（ICRC）is animpartial, neutral and independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission isto protect the lives and dignity of victims of war and internal violence，and to provide themwith assistance on the basis of international humanitarian law（IHL)．The ICRC alsoendeavors to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening instruments of this law andworks for its development, application, comprehension and dissemination.
Therefore, the promotion and development of IHL are core ICRC activities that theinstitution has been engaged in since its inception in 1863 and are based today on itsmandate under the Geneva Conventions and the Statutes of the International Red Cross andRed Crescent Movement. In this regard，the ICRC has long cooperated with the academiccircles to establish a sound teaching and research tradition in the filed ofIHL with an eyetowards students as the next generation of leaders，which，we believe will make the world，in the long run，a better place of humanity for all.
Today the ICRC is following up on university-related activities in some 130 countriesaround the world. Despite considerable improvement in recent years，the teaching ofhumanitarian law in universities is unfortunately still not sufficiently widespread.
This description should serve to remind teachers，students and practitioners of thelimits of what is now known as international humanitarian law. At the same time，however, it provides a welcome justification for teaching and especially for applyinghumanitarian law，which is no longer the backwater of international law that it was nearly50 years ago：today it is applied in countless situations and constantly cited by a growingnumber of bodies including the United Nations Security Council.
China is a state party