Humanitarian // Military Dialogue


September 2020: Update on UN-CMCoord Training Programme

Thank you for following our work on this website.

We are still debating the restart of our residential training programme. We decided not to hold any courses in 2020. For 2021, we tentatively scheduled two events for January. Before knowing, or anticipating, what travel restrictions and COVID protection measures will be in place, we cannot decide on conducting the courses.

We appreciate your collaboration and understanding. As soon as a residential training is confirmed, it will show on the 2021 calendar below.

We also have an extremely positive development to share. The situation in the past months allowed us to dive much deeper into digital learning. Our landing page for UN-CMCoord related topics lets us chose the most relevant learning events. Visit our UN-CMCoord Learning Framework.

Thank you again for your patience. We hope to reestablish all our training services soon.

Check out our UN-CMCoord learning framework and design your next learning journey.

This interactive platform provides a single entry point to all learning products on humanitarian civil-military coordination. It allows you to review the catalogue and select the most appropriate learning tool based on your interests, time available and level of expertise.

Happy learning!


Find here the Guidance Note on CMCoord Support to Protection

Click here for a visual summary of the note.

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.

Click here for versions in French or Spanish.

MCDA Request

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.

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.

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.

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