The topic of this year’s conference was “Emerging Opportunities: CIMIC role and responsibilities with regards to Resilience in support of NATO Operations.” The main purpose was to give civilian and military participants the opportunity to interact and have open discussions on a number of issues important to the Alliance.
Each member country needs to be sufficiently robust and adaptable
During the Conference, French Brigadier General, Bernard Lebrun, Head of the CIMIC Division of Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), highlighted how cooperation and coordination between the civil and military components is a relevant topic.
Multinational CIMIC Group Commander, Colonel Luca Vitali, during his speeches, emphasised how resilience is a national responsibility and each member country needs to be sufficiently robust and adaptable to support the entire spectrum of crises envisaged by the Alliance.
Over 200 participants from 22 nations participated in the event, organised by the Multinational CIMIC Group (MNCG) with representation from NATO Commands, the European Commission, the European Centre of Excellence for countering Hybrid threats, the Norwegian Joint HQ, International Organisations (IO), Governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations (GO / NGO), among them representatives of United Nations, Red Cross, OSCE and FRONTEX.