Humanitarian // Military Dialogue
Key Advocacy Messages on UN-CMCoord Support to Access & Protection
Please find here a list of key advocacy messages on UN-CMCoord support to access and protection in the context of the COVID-19 response. The list will continuously be updated as the situation evolves.
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A global MCDA Request was issued by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs on behalf of the World Food Programme and the World Health Organization. This initial request is to support the logistics and medevac efforts in the global COVID-19 pandemic response. Please find the document here.
What is UN-CMCoord?
"The essential dialogue and interaction between civilian and military actors in humanitarian emergencies that is necessary to protect and promote humanitarian principles, avoid competition, minimize inconsistency, and when appropriate, pursue common goals. Basic strategies range from co-existence to cooperation. Coordination is a shared responsibility facilitated by liaison and common training."
In other terms, UN-CMCoord is a framework that enhances a broad understanding of humanitarian action and guides political and military actors on how best to support that action. It helps to develop context-specific policy based on internationally agreed guidelines, and it establishes humanitarian civil-military coordination structures, ensuring staff members are trained to make that coordination work.
UN-CMCoord is particularly essential in complex emergencies / high-risk environments in order to facilitate humanitarian access, the protection of civilians, and the security of humanitarian aid workers.
OCHA's Civil-Military Coordination Service (CMCS)
OCHA’s Geneva-based Civil-Military Coordination Service (CMCS) has been designated the focal point in the UN system for humanitarian civil-military coordination. It supports relevant field and headquarter-level activities through the development of institutional strategies to enhance the capacity and preparedness of national and international partners, notably through the development of non binding guidelines, support to operations and training. CMCS also acts as the Secretariat for the Consultative Group on UN-CMCoord.