United Nations Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination (UN-CMCoord) facilitates dialogue and interaction between civilian and military actors, essential to protect and promote humanitarian principles, avoid competition, minimize inconsistency and, when appropriate, pursue common goals.

In February 2013, OCHA issued a Policy Instruction to define roles and responsibilities of the different OCHA sections, regional and liaison offices, country offices and field offices in implementing and complying with United Nations Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination (UN-CMCoord) guidelines, standards and principles, and ensuring OCHA-wide implementation of UN-CMCoord. The development of an OCHA Policy Instruction in the field of Civil-Military Coordination reinforced the concept that humanitarian engagement with military actors is a complex and multi-layered effort and represents a core component of OCHA’s mandate.

Within this perspective, and to achieve the objectives and outcomes outlined in the PI, at the beginning of 2014 OCHA strengthened its UN-CMCoord function within the Regional office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) with the elaboration of civil-military coordination strategy for 2014-2015. As part of this strategy, a United Nations Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination Course will be held in Bangkok, Thailand from 1 to 6 June 2014.

The course aims to promote appropriate and effective humanitarian civil-military interaction in humanitarian emergency by raising mutual awareness and understanding of the roles of humanitarian and military actors in emergencies through bolstered knowledge and understanding of UN-CMCoord standards and principles. This includes the use of military and civil defence assets (MCDA) to better support the humanitarian community in delivering urgently needed goods and services to the disaster-stricken populations.

For further information about the course: roapcmc@un.org - +66 (0) 2288 2513.

 Attachments: Invitation letter, Course Objectives, Application form