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Human Security Activities in 2014

30 June - 13 August: The Caux Forum for Human Security brings together around 300 people active in many aspects of human security – politicians, diplomats, academics, journalists, fieldworkers, business people and artists, at its annual conferences. This year, the conference will focus on the relationship between human security and governance, peacebuilding and land issues, among others. 


30 June – 11 July: Sciences Po University in Paris has partnered with the Human Security Unit to offer an Executive Summer School course on Human Security. The Executive Summer School will take place from 23 June to 11 July. The human se­curity course will be offered during the second and third week of the school. The course will address issues of global significance with leaders in the field and will provide participants with cross-disciplinary tools, methodology and concrete skills needed to be effective at the highest level of decision-making across a diverse group of policymakers, United Nations professional staff, academia, journalists, NGO staff, military leaders, private sector and corporate executives.


25-27 June: Marking 20 years since the term human security was first coined, Oxford Brookes University is hosting a 3-day international conference entitled  'Human Security @ 20: Past Experiences and Future Prospects' to take stock of two decades of conceptualizing and practicing human security. It seeks to promote new approaches to understand and address interdependent threats to human dignity. The conference emphasizes the concept of human security as an instrument of change, underlying its holistic character and its use as a methodological tool. The conference will have an academic and a practical dimension and is intended to feed into academic and policy programs for advancing human security and its discourse.
7 March: Member States of the Human Security Network made a joint statement at the Security Council open debate on children and armed conflict. The debate focused on how to make progress on the full implementation of the children and armed conflict agenda. A copy of the statement is available here.
31 January - 1 February: The Helsinki Citizen’s Assembly in Istanbul will host a 2-day conference entitled ‘Humanizing Security’. The conference will mark the launch of the ‘Crossborder Citizens’ Network on Human Security’ project, which intends to build a citizens’ network for peace, reconciliation and human security across Turkey and Balkans. The aim of the conference is to raise awareness on local and regional human security issues, including social inclusion, inter-communal reconciliation and good governance, and to expand the Network’s outreach by bringing together experts on human security, representatives of various international organisations, civil society actors, academics and the media. Click here for the Key Note Address given by Ms. Mehrnaz Mostafavi, Chief of the Human Security Unit. 


21 January: We are pleased to announce the release of the third report by the Secretary-General on human security. The report is based on a wealth of information gathered in response to questionnaires sent to Governments of all Member States, regional organizations, the United Nations system, academic and research institutions, and non-governmental organizations. It provides numerous examples, across a range of thematic areas, where the value of the human security approach to our determination to reduce the likelihood of conflicts, overcome the obstacles to sustainable development, and promote a life of dignity for all is presented. From these experiences, critical lessons have been learned, such as, the importance of advancing inclusive and people-centered solutions; the need to tailor national strategies and international responses to the multi-dimensional context of vulnerabilities at the local level; and the significance of comprehensive approaches based on a more integrated United Nations system, in partnership with Governments and people. The report closes with a set of recommendations which aim to promote the mainstreaming of human security into the activities of the United Nations system as well as its application as an overarching framework in the post-2015 Development Agenda.