The CIMIC Award of Excellence has been positioned during CIMIC Centre of Excellence´s 10th AnniversaryEvent in 2017 in The Hague as the marque symbol of this institution towards the wide array of stakeholders in civil-military interaction and the CIMIC Community of Interest worldwide.
The intent is that the Award should be given annually to one individual and one institutionalAwardee for their outstanding contributions and engagement in the much larger field of civil-military interaction. With this, individual and institutional efforts can be honoured, which contribute to the better interaction between both sides and rise the significance of civil-military interaction and CIMIC.
Individual Award 2018 for Jan Pronk
Jan Pronk is an individual who has been a driving force in bringing together the civilian and the military world. He is a person with an extensive knowledge of civilian and military organisations, a broad network and a deeply felt motivation to create a more peaceful world and his experience in civilian-military cooperation dates back to the mid seventies. As Minister for Development, he saw in a mission in the Sahel that Defence and Development worked closely together for the first time. From then on, he has continued to spread the message that the fight against injustice cannot be fought alone and that civilian and military organizations can indeed be much more effective if they combine their efforts. Jan Pronk has done this in his work as a politician – and especially in his work for the UN. And over the last 7 years, he helped the Common Effort Community in its goal to create a safer and more secure world. When asked what his most important lesson was in working together with the military…
He responded that civilians and politicians often talk, discuss and postpone. But that the military has a teamwork-approach, a strong structure and no time to waste.
Institutional Award 2018 for City of Nienburg
The garrison town of Nienburg has been host to German Bundeswehr and allied military units for more than 70 years. Today, both the EW Bn 912 and the CIMIC Competence Centre (DEU CIMIC CC) maintain warm relationships with the City and people of Nienburg.
On special events with high public recognition value the cooperation between the Bundeswehr and the city as well as city-sponsored actors from public and cultural life has been exemplary. Especially the DEU CIMIC CC has cooperated with the City of Nienburg extensively during the last years. The city has supported training and educational events with providing infrastructure, high level role players and coordinated traffic and parking management closely with military units.
Individual Award 2017 for Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic is a president who has enhanced our understanding of conflicts throughout her career. We have come to know her as a staunch advocate for the interests of civilians in conflicts – most notably that of women and girls. As an Assistant Secretary General at NATO and ambassador, she has always been committed to a strong trans-Atlantic alliance. But rather than defining her work as gender advocacy, I propose that we see her as someone who contributes to the update of the thinking we need to solve today and tomorrow’s problems. Without understanding the full impact of conflicts or military action on all civilians – both men and women – it is virtually impossible to develop long-term stability. And by empowering women and girls anywhere we create more advocates and drivers for stability.The CCOE recognizes the important work that the Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitavoric has done in this field.
Institutional Award 2017 for UN OCHA’s Civil-Military Coordination Section
UN OCHA’s mandate in humanitarian civil-military coordination demonstrates how a small team of talented professionals can have a major impact on the effectiveness and efficiency of militaries supporting humanitarian action.
Since 1995, OCHA’s Civil-Military Coordination Section (CMCS) has become a critical actor across all of OCHA’s core functions to support collective preparedness measures and to provide a point of access for governments, regional organizations, military and civil defense institutions interested in planning and, when requested, providing support to humanitarian agencies.