On June 3, 2013, the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) hosted a workshop in Tokyo whose purpose was to discuss ways in which to connect the concepts of Human Security with approaches to implement it within communities. The collaboration which took place between JCIE, the Centre for Health Sciences Training, Research and Development (CHESTRAD), and the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), contributed valuable information on case studies which showed the successful ways in which Human Security has been implemented on the ground.
The Human Security Unit (HSU) along with the Human Security Network (HSN) co-organized a meeting at the UN in New York City on July 23, 2013 during which PAHO provided participants with a presentation on updates and developments regarding the human security approach and how it is being applied in relation to health challenges within the Region Among conclusions drawn from the meeting was recognition of the critical need to maintain high-level discussions to spread knowledge of the development and application of the Human Security approach.
The United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS) is seeking applicants who are interested in receiving funding for human security projects. Concept notes for human security projects seeking funding must be received by 2 September 2013 to be considered in the next scheduled review. See the UNTFHS call for proposals and proposal guidelines, as well as PAHO's technical reference document (ENG, ESP) for support.
The UN High-Level Meeting on Human Security brought out members of the Advisory Board on Human Security and representatives from academia, non-governmental organizations, and civil society organizations. Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon started off the meeting by discussing the importance of using the human security approach in development efforts. In one of his most inspirational comments, he states: “You cannot end poverty without empowering women and girls. You cannot establish lasting peace without respect for human rights. You cannot increase prosperity or address climate change without transforming the world’s energy systems. We have to advance on all fronts.”
Read the statement on human security given by PAHO at the High Level Event here.
Check out this brief video unveiled at the High Level Meeting that explains the concept of human security.
For more information about this meeting, the speakers, and their presentations, go to the UN page for this event.
Last week, the Huffington Post published an article written by Sadako Ogata focused on the importance of the use of human security in addressing complex threats. This post explains the reason the United Nations Commission on Human Security was created, differentiates human security from state security, and links human security to the post-2015 development agenda. Halfway through the article, Sadako Ogata also mentions that human security and the lessons learned from applying this approach will be the topic of a meeting with the United Nations on May 8th. To read the article in its entirety, follow this link.
The countries of the Caribbean promoted human security, human development, citizen security, and human rights in their region as part of the post-2015 development agenda during a recent event held in March 2013 entitled Caribbean Forum: Shaping a Sustainable Development Agenda to Address the Caribbean Reality in the 21st Century. The forum report compiled by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean discusses this topic in more detail. You can read more about the Caribbean, human security, and the post-2015 development agenda here.
The inter-linkages between human security and sustainable development were recently highlighted at the international NGO conference on Advancing the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda, held 20-22 March, 2013 in Bonn, Germany. This meeting brought together civil society activists and key stakeholders to seek perspective on post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda priorities. Participants reached two proposals on the linkage between sustainable development and peace and human security:
These proposals may help pave the way toward wider recognition of the human security approach and the far-reaching, added value to be gained from its adoption as the international community acts to confront present and future challenges to sustainable development. Read conference members' Statement on Peace and Human Security to learn more about human security-related discussions and consensus reached during this event.
The United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS) is hosting a High-Level Event on Human Security on May 8, 2013. The Heads of UN Agencies, Funds and Programmers along with key civil society organizations will gather to work on building the future of human security in the United Nations. To see the concept note related to this event, click here.
Read PAHO's new commentary on Fostering Health and Human Security in the Americas, published online in the Fall 2012 issue of Global Health Governance
PAHO's work in Health and Human Security was featured in the Fall 2012 Newsletter of the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS)! The issue spotlights Health and Human Security.
More information on the UNTFHS and efforts in Human Security can be found on their new webpage!
On September 10, the United Nations General Assembly passed Resolution A/66/L.55 on Human Security. The resoultion, the first on Human Security passed in General Assembly, notes the importance of the concept and its usefullness in assisting 'member states to identify and address widespread, cross cutting challenges to survival, liveliehood and dignity'. For more details, find the entire Resolution below...
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