United Nations civil-military coordination

Event Description

Date and venue: May 15 to 20, 2016 in Barcelona

United Nations civil-military coordination (UN-CMcoord) course for the Middle East region

The increasing magnitude and immediacy of certain types of humanitarian emergencies has led the United Nations to establish guidelines for mobilizing and employing military and civil defense assets. This course is one of the tools used by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to improve the responsiveness, effectiveness, and efficiency of international humanitarian relief.

Armed forces and civilian emergency response organizations participate in this training program to enhance their knowledge of how to deploy and use their resources in the most appropriate and coordinated way possible.


This training course will focus on the relationships between military and civil organizations in emergency situations in key areas such as the use of military and civil protection assets in humanitarian operations and the use of armed escorts for humanitarian convoys.

The objectives of the course are to explain the United Nations emergency response system and the different roles of humanitarian agencies; further understanding of the role of the OCHA in coordinating international humanitarian response; explain the different guidelines for using military resources in humanitarian emergencies; apply concepts, principles, and guidelines to specific cases; offer an overview of the basic techniques required for efficient civil-military coordination; and facilitate the opportunity of improving this coordination network.

Organized by

The Barcelona International Peace Resource Center (BIPRC) jointly with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

More information

Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination (UN-CMCoord)

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