Humanitarian // Military Dialogue


The Consultative Group on Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination (UN-CMCoord CG) is the major multi-stakeholder platform for exchange and networking on distinct and shared questions and concerns in the field of civil-military coordination and the appropriate and most effective use of foreign military assets in natural disasters and conflict settings.

Ambassador Toni Frisch of Switzerland chairs the UN-CMCoord CG. OCHA’s Civil-Military Coordination Service acts as the CG Secretariat and custodian of globally agreed UN-CMCoord Guidelines.

Representatives of the Regional Consultative Group for Asia and the Pacific joins the global consultations during the HNPW. The global and regional bodies work hand in hand for the most appropriate, effective and efficient use of military assets in support of humanitarian action.

The 2018 Annual Consultations comprise four Thematic Sessions and one full day Plenary Session (8 Feb). It will be an opportunity to discuss collective action on humanitarian civil-military coordination in multi-state settings across natural disasters and conflicts around topics such as Frontline Medical Assistance; Sharpening UN-CMCoord on Development; Peace and Security; Periphery of UN-CMCoord; Safeguarding Humanitarian Action in “Danger Zones”; and Combatants and Fighters in Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination.

It also provides an excellent opportunity for the various HNPW networks to come together and address cross-cutting questions and initiatives from various angles. All HNPW participants are welcome to visit us in the Civil-Military Coordination thematic room (18) for updates, exchanges among networks, and bilateral meetings throughout the week.

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About UN-CMCoord

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.

UN-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.

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CMCS Activities Calendar

In this calendar you will find information on upcoming UN-CMCoord training events and CMCS Speaking events.

We kindly ask UN-CMCoord experts to help us engage with the many partners we have. CMCS is privileged to be in demand and needs your collaboration to fulfill its mandate.

Please be in touch with us if you are available for any speaking engagements (

The Humanitarian Military Dialogue community website

CMCS launched this website in November 2013 as part of the UN-CMCoord Community of Practice (CoP). The objective of this virtual platform is to allow UN-CMCoord practitioners, advocates and subject matters experts to exchange and collaborate. You will find CMCoord online resources, training calendars and activities.

The UN-CMCoord Community of Practice on Google+

To join the discussion on Humanitarian-Military Dialogue, please visit the the dedicated Google+ Community Page and do not hesitate to share posts:

"Humanitarian-Military Dialogue"

Join us on Google+

To join the discussion on Humanitarian-Military Dialogue, please visit the the dedicated Google+ Community Page and do not hesitate to share posts: "Humanitarian-Military Dialogue".

For this, all you need is a Gmail account.

For more information, see the following document guide.

Technical steps Towards Google+.pdf

Humanitarian Kiosk (HKiosk) App

The Humanitarian Kiosk (HKiosk) application provides a range of up-to-the-minute humanitarian related information from emergencies around the world. The application has multiple independent kiosks which reflect locations where UN-OCHA operates or there is an ongoing international humanitarian emergency. Once installed, you simply select the kiosks that you are interested in and they will be automatically downloaded and synchronized to your mobile device. Downloading the files enables offline abilities which is extremely important as we know that most responders do not have regular, consistent internet connection. The settings of the application help you know how much data is installed on your device as well as control how data is downloaded (by WiFi only is default). Other than the files downloaded for the Humanitarian Kiosk, the application does not access, use or store any personal information from your device.


Civil-Military Coordination Service (CMCS)

Palais des Nations

1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

Tel: +41 (0) 22 917 1234

Fax: +41 (0) 22 917 0363