On 15 October 2015, OCHA’s Civil-Military Coordination Section facilitated a break-out session – “Militaries in Humanitarian Action – How can militaries contribute to the dignity and safety of people affected by crisis?” – at the World Humanitarian Summit Global Consultation in Geneva.

Participants agreed to the recommendations in the WHS Synthesis Report for: dedicated platforms in natural disasters and complex emergencies where humanitarian and military actors can interact to create a common situational awareness; universal standards on the entry, employment and drawing down of foreign military assets in natural disasters; and re-commitment by Member States, both civilian and military entities, to the proper and coherent use, and the effective coordination of foreign military assets in humanitarian action.

Photo credit: Civ-Mil Breakout Session WHS Global Consultation/OCHA.