A CMCS (Civil-Military Coordination Section) team deployed to Burkina Faso from 29 November to 9 December to assess the current UN-CMCoord environment in the Sahel region. The team met with security forces (Burkina Faso Armed Forces, police and gendarmerie), humanitarian actors working in the area and local communities. The humanitarian operating environment has become increasingly difficult due to the insecurity in the area. Ways to improve civil-military coordination were identified by humanitarian, police and military actors during a three-day workshop in Ouagadougou. Discussions also focused on alternatives to armed escorts for humanitarian actors to operate in the current context.
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The Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week (HNPW) will be held for its fourth consecutive year at the International Conference Centre (CICG) in Geneva, Switzerland from 5 to 9 February 2018. HNPW is the annual event of the Leading Edge Programme, a year-round collaborative platform that brings together experts in crisis preparedness and response from a diversity of countries and organizations to identify and discuss solutions to humanitarian challenges. Participants to the event include representatives from Member States, UN agencies, NGOs, civil protection, the private sector or academia, amongst others.
The event will host the annual meetings and consultations of over 30 networks and partnerships on Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday. As in previous editions, the Inter-Network Day, a full-day event open to all, will take place on Wednesday, 7 February.
The 2018 Inter-Network Day will aim at fostering cross-network collaboration in humanitarian preparedness and response. To facilitate this exchange, participants will have diverse opportunities to engage. In mixed teams of experts from different networks and partnerships, they will attend a “marketplace” of thematic stations, where topics, ideas, projects and concepts will be discussed to foster better collaboration.
During this full-day journey, participants will learn from experts about relevant cross-cutting topics in humanitarian action, share expertise and experience, solve specific challenges in humanitarian action and network with other professionals.
Participants will also have the opportunity to visit the exhibition area throughout the day to obtain information on Humanitarian Standards, Civil Protection, the Private Sector in Humanitarian Action and Information Management Tools, amongst others. Another opportunity to network and exchange knowledge and expertise will be the Speed Networking events which will take place throughout the day.
The Inter-Network Day offers a unique opportunity for participants with different expertise to work together to identify practical solutions to common challenges. The event will offer a space for participants from all Networks and Partnerships to get out of their comfort zone and explore areas for cross-network collaboration.
The aim of this interactive day is to further accelerate the on-going work of the Leading Edge Programme, a year-round collaborative platform to overcome challenges in humanitarian action. The Leading Edge Programme Core Support Group will meet in parallel to the Inter-Network Day activities and will present the results of their discussions and their recommendations on the way forward at the closing ceremony.
For more details on the programme and to register for the event, check out the event website: www.leading-edge-programme.org
CMCS participated in the CIMIC Seminar at the Multinational Joint Headquarters Ulm (MNJHQ) from 21 to 23 November 2017. Organized by the MNJHQ as part of the NATO Trident Jaguar 2018 exercise, the CIMIC seminar served as a platform to foster understanding of each other’s roles and mandates, to advocate for context appropriate civil-military coordination structures, and to raise awareness of humanitarian principles amongst the military.
The INSARAG Africa, Europe and Middle East Regional Group meeting was held on 14-15 November 2017 in Istanbul, Turkey, generously hosted by the Government of Turkey and the Disaster and Emergency Presidency of Turkey, AFAD. The meeting brought together 85 participants representing 27 countries and aimed at finalizing the INSARAG AEME Regional Plan for 2018 and discussing the key INSARAG issues. Discussions were held around IER Pre-Greening Arrangements, Light Teams Quality Assurance Standards, National Accreditation Processes, UCC and KoBo implementation, IEC/R Requirements and the INSARAG Guidelines Version 2020.
The Stand-By Partner (SBP) Humanitarian Affairs Officer (HAO) Induction Course was conducted in Hvergardi, Iceland from 6-9 November. The first winter-storm of the year delayed the start of the course, which reduced the training from four to two and a half days. Despite the reduced programme, the quality of the SBP participants and the high-caliber of the facilitation team provided for an informative and engaging course. The HAO Course is, currently, the primary training programme for roster members of SBP to obtain basic skills for deployment as a HAO to an OCHA Field Office, with the next course to be conducted in the first quarter of 2018. In the interim, SBP who wish to have their staff participate in preparatory training are encouraged to nominate them for the Preparedness and Response Effectiveness Programme (PREP) ran by OCHA’s Emergency Support Branch. Information regarding the PREP course can be found at https://sites.google.com/a/dialoguing.org/humanitarian-military-dialogue/activities/prep-course.
The General Directorate of the Czech Republic Fire Rescue Service hosted a Workshop on 4 and 5 November 2017 in Prague as a first step in the revision of the UN-CMCoord Field Handbook. 12 UN-CMCoord constituents joined the CMCS-facilitated workshop to formulate recommendations and share good practice on current UN-CMCoord challenges, adjust to contextual changes and anticipate forthcoming developments. Initial results will be shared with the multi-stakeholder UN-CMCoord Consultative Group during the HNPW in February 2018.