Multinational CIMIC Group and NATO in Venice for the 11th CIMIC Units Commanders’ Conference
“A the conference, Commanders of NATO Units and sector specialists from 23 Countries”
The first of the two days scheduled for the 11th International Forum of Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC) Specialized Units Commanders’, took place yesterday inside the Library “Dante Alighieri” of the Maritime Military Research Institute, organized by Multinational CIMIC Group (MNCG) of Motta di Livenza, under delegation of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE).
The event, which brought together about 200 participants, including several commanders of NATO units and members of the Partnership for Peace (PfP), as well as specialists in the field from 23 Countries, was an outstanding opportunity to share a real international confrontation on topics relating to cooperation and interaction between civil and military component, indispensable factor in all operational scenarios, with civilian authorities, representatives of International Organization (O.I.), Government and Non (GO/NGO) and university community.
This year, the issues of the conference were the “Cultural Property Protection” and “Children and Armed Conflict”, namely these actions undertaken by international community, analyzed in view of different perspectives of OI, GO and NGO, in terms of protecting children, because considered persons more vulnerable and susceptible to exploitation in wartime, the artistic and cultural heritage in the territories ravaged by war. Furthermore, in the development of the issue related to the protection of cultural heritage, an exhibition was mounted, with some of the most significant pictures of the photo exhibition “Heritage in War”. The art wounded, in the pictures of the fund-collection “Marzocchi”, whose shots, realized during WW1 by the photographic department of the Italian Royal Army Supreme Command, come from the collection of the Vittorio Veneto Battle Museum that gently conceded the use for this international event.
The pictures, documenting the damages caused to the artistic heritage, were presented during an exposition called “War&Art WW1 – USA in Italy”, already hosted at the Pentagon in Washington.
In his words of greeting, Brigadier General Tonin Marku, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe CIMIC Division Chief, pointed out how topics of the conference are significant with regard to cooperation and coordination between the civilian and military component.
Lawyer Francesco Rocca, President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, was one of the speakers, and stated how war effects are destabilizing on children and the repercussions pouring in our society; minors involved in war may have psychological impact for generations to come.
These the authorities at the conference: the Prefect of Treviso, dr. Maria Rosaria Laganà, the President of the City Council of Venice, dr. Ermelinda Damiano and Brigadier General Francesco Bindi, Commander of Army Engineers.
Multinational CIMIC Group is a multinational regimental unit, whereby Italy is the framework nation and Greece, Hungary, Portugal, Romania and Slovenia are contributing countries, and inter-forces, with staff from all arm and corps of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Carabinieri.
The Unit performs training trough a teaching programme with different courses in which more of 1600 people participated to date, by providing specific formation always up to date and in keeping with current, changing and complex operational scenarios.
To this day, MNCG specialists are employed in numerous international context: Kosovo, Lebanon, Somalia, Djibouti, Afghanistan and within the EUNAVFOR Med European mission, at the Operation Headquarters in Rome.