UNOMIG Civil and Military Cooperation
United Nations Civil-Military cooperation is the relationship of mutual support, joint planning, and constant exchange of information required at all levels between military forces structures and humanitarian organizations and agencies operating towards the same objectives in response to humanitarian emergencies.
The UNOMIG Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) office was formally established in January 2003 to coordinate and share information between UNOMIG, other UN organizations, and the civilian community.
CIMIC is designed to benefit the people being served and to increase mutual respect for UNOMIG operations within the area of responsibility and among the international organizations working towards a peaceful resolution of the conflict.
CIMIC plays an important role in forwarding the peace process and increasing goodwill among those affected by the current conflict in Abkhazia, Georgia.
CIMIC coordinates with external organizations such as UN agencies (OCHA, UNHCR, UNV, UNDP, UNIFEM, UNICEF), the International Committee of the Red Cross, and various international NGOs. CIMIC is also the initial focal point for local authorities and NGOs with regard to the initiation and implementation of Quick Impact Projects funded by the UN Trust Fund.
Internally to UNOMIG, CIMIC gathers information from the Gali and Zugdidi operational sectors that can be of use in humanitarian and development activities. These activities are carried out in close cooperation with the UNOMIG Civil Affairs Office to implement Quick Impact Projects funded by the UN Trust Fund. Similarly, CIMIC also provides the sectors with information on ongoing projects, not only within UNOMIG but also from outside organizations to avoid duplication of effort.
CIMIC collects information and requests for assistance from UNOMIG's Patrols and by meeting local residents and then coordinates and shares it with other organizations who are working in the area to help the local population overcome challenges and problems with daily living conditions and to help with requirements for health, sanitation, and education.
The CIMIC office currently has five military observers - one in the UNOMIG SUKHUMI Headquarters and two in GALI respective ZUGDIDI Sector Headquarters.
Last Updated on 23 February, 2006 10:58:33