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The flag of the International Civil Defence Organisation (ICDO) was sighted
as a table flag used at the 38th ICDO Executive Council meeting held in Geneva,
Switzerland held from 30th June to 1st July 2005. The emblem
of the ICDO as used on the flag, features an orange globe with white longitude
and latitude lines throughout on which is placed a blue equilateral triangle.
The blue triangle on an orange field is the distinctive sign of Civil Defence as
spelt out in the 1977 Protocols to the 1949 Geneva Convention.
The globe and triangle is completed with green laurels. The
ICDO emblem is placed on a white field when used as a flag. Also perhaps of
interest in relation to the emblem of civil defence, the ICDO and the
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) jointly organized a meeting of
experts on the implementation of international humanitarian law relating to
civil defence from 30 June to 2 July 1997.
In an article summarising the various discussions that went on in the meeting, one of the issues raised was that of regulating the use of the civil defence emblem along the lines of the Red Cross-Red Crescent emblem where it seems to have been agreed that, "No additions should be made to the [civil defence] emblem, referred to in Protocol I as 'the international distinctive sign'. Governments that had made additions should be asked not to do so and to amend their legislation."
ICDO's emblem was also given mention where, "[i]t was noted in passing that the logo of the ICDO was different from the international emblem."
Notes & references:-
1. International Civil Defence Journal, No.2 October 2005, Volume XV. Available online at http://www.icdo.org/publications.html)
2. See FOTW websites
3. ICDO emblem can be seen at http://www.icdo.org/
4. Stéphane Jeannet, "Civil Defence 1977-1997: From Law to Practice", International Review of the Red Cross No.325, 31-12-1998, pp 715-723. See article
online at http://www.icrc.org/Web/Eng/siteeng0.nsf/iwpList74/5A6114ED72F9B728C1256B66005C6DAC
Herman Felani, 20 December 2005
The flag is shown in a photo at the ICDO site,
http://www.icdo.org/, but with a difference - two lines of blue writing are
beneath the logo. I can't make them out. Based on the context of the photo, this
might be a headquarters flag.
Eugene Ipavec, 13 July 2006