ZIF hosted „UN-CMCoord Course for the Middle East” in Berlin


From 25 February to 2 March 2018 ZIF hosted the “UN-CMCoord Course for the Middle East” in Berlin. 28 participants from different UN and EU humanitarian agencies, governmental organisations and military personnel attended this course.

UN-CMCoord courses are organized and developed by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the organization responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. One of the most important tasks is also to ensure effective humanitarian civil-military coordination (UN-CMCoord). That requires an understanding of humanitarian action and the overall operational context, as well as the military’s roles and responsibilities, organizational structure, culture and liaison approaches. The sensitization and training regarding civil-military coordination are amongst the key tasks OCHA carries out in support of UN-CMCoord in the preparedness and response phases.

In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region multiple outbreaks of violent conflict and social unrest are taking place and forced displacement is common. So the "UN-CMCoord course for Middle East" held in Berlin in April was catered to the humanitarian and military communities of the MENA region. The training aimed to promote appropriate and effective humanitarian civil-military interactions in humanitarian emergencies through bolstered knowledge and understanding of UN-CMCoord standards and principles and adherence to them. Topics covered include „UN-CMCoord Guidelines and Strategies“, „UN-CMCoord Assessment Process and Mapping of Actors“ and „Security of Humanitarian Activities and the Use of Armed Escorts“. The four course trainers as well as the diverse and heterogeneous group of participants provided a very dynamic and positive course atmosphere.

Since 2011 ZIF has been collaborating with OCHA within the framework of the Stand-By Partnership (SBP). This collaboration entails the deployment of qualified experts on an ad hoc basis to humanitarian crisis areas as well as the support of training activities. Through the support of training courses conducted by OCHA ZIF indirectly contributes to improving the efficiency in complex humanitarian emergencies in the field. Since its beginning, the cooperation between UN-OCHA and ZIF has been politically and financially supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.