UN-Civil Military Coordination Section
OCHA Civil Military Coordination Section (CMCS) is the designated 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.
The Section’s main activities are related to supporting and revising guidance documents, maintaining and promoting the UN-CMCoord handbooks, training courses, workshops, conferences, simulation exercises, and specialist deployments of UN-CMCoord resources in support of OCHA country offices/in response to humanitarian and disaster relief assistance. The activities also include numerous speaking engagements with academic, governmental and intergovernmental institutions, and the military.
As custodian of UN-CMCoord related guidelines, CMCS also helps humanitarian actors develop context-specific guidelines tailored to a particular situation. The training programme aims to equip humanitarian and military actors with the skills and knowledge necessary to communicate and, where appropriate, effectively interact and coordinate with each other. In addition, CMCS prepares and deploys personnel to the field to act as dedicated UN-CMCoord experts.
As Secretariat for the UN-CMCoord Consultative Group (CG), chaired by Ambassador Toni Frisch, CMCS ensures that the CG is a dynamic platform for discussions, exchange and networking, within the framework of the Humanitarian Networks and Partnership Week (HNPW).