The present report has been prepared pursuant to General Assembly resolution 64/291, in which the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to seek the views of Member States on the notion of human security, including a possible definition thereof, and to submit a report to the Assembly at its sixty-sixth session. In accordance with that resolution, Governments of all Member States were invited to provide their views through written submissions and informal consultations with the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Human Security. Based on contributions from Member States, the report provides a summary of discussions on human security at the General Assembly; outlines key aspects towards forming a common understanding on the notion of human security; suggests a common understanding on human security, based on the views expressed by Member States; and considers areas where the application of human security can bring added value to the work of the Organization. The report closes with a set of recommendations for the consideration of Member States.
The present report was submitted pursuant to paragraph 143 of the 2005 World Summit Outcome (General Assembly resolution 60/1), in which the Heads of State and Government committed themselves to discuss and define the notion of human security. The report provided an update on developments related to the advancement of human security since the 2005 World Summit. It took stock of discussions on human security, its various definitions and its relationship to State sovereignty and the responsibility to protect. The report also outlined the principles and the approach for advancing human security and its application to the current priorities of the United Nations. Key human security initiatives undertaken by Governments, regional and subregional intergovernmental organizations, as well as the organizations and bodies of the United Nations system, were presented as examples of the reach of this important concept and its growing acceptance. The report concluded by identifying the core elements and the added value of human security and provided a set of recommendations as a follow-up to the above-mentioned commitment contained in the World Summit Outcome.