An initiative of the UN Trust Fund for Human Security and
the World Academy of Art and Science
in support of the United Nations’ commitment to Human Security
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What is human security?
Human security1 starts with people and what it means for us to be safe and secure. It means security from harmful disruptions and calamities – in our homes, our jobs, our communities, and our environment.
It’s also about our needs and hopes, our chance to develop our potential, especially those of us who are the most vulnerable.
Human security is about empowering people to participate in making choices on how they can be most secure and resilient in face of current and future risks.
Often policies and solutions assist people with one aspect of human security. But when a crisis comes along, it affects us in many ways.
Consider COVID-19, which threatened our lives and health but also our economies – many lost their jobs and their ability to put food on the table. Others, confined to their homes, experienced threats to their personal security.
Or consider people who have been forced to leave their homes due to natural disasters. People who are displaced need places to live and be safe, jobs and income to survive, but also community networks, a sense of belonging and ways to sustain their culture and their dignity.
In response to these and other threats, our needs and hopes must be heard and heeded – our insecurities must be tackled together, comprehensively.
Without human security, there is no national or global security. Read more on HS4A campaign background
WAAS-Human Security Newsletter
– Launch of HS4A at 2023 Consumer Electronics Show
– Faith-based Symposium on Human Security
– Int’l Conference on Education for Human Security
– HS4A campaign through Int’l Amateur Radio Network
– Human Security Media Library
Read the Newsletter
A proven approach to human security
In ensuring human security for all, we draw on lessons learned from applying the human security approach in more than 295 programmes in 135 countries.2
The human security approach is a framework for assessing, developing and implementing comprehensive responses to complex challenges in communities, countries or regions. The approach puts a priority on prevention and creating early warning mechanisms to detect threats, minimize their impact and, when possible, prevent their occurrence. It is a valuable tool for tackling today’s interconnected threats and addressing their root causes before they become much bigger humanitarian, economic and environmental crises.
Seven dimensions of human security
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Press & Publications
- UN Publications on Human Security – Repository of Academic Literature
- Educational Program organized by the Association of Foreign Press Correspondents. Read the Interviews
- Cadmus journal issued a special report in support of the HS4A global campaign. The intention of the report is to foster awareness and understanding of the concept of human security from a multitude of perspectives and different dimensions at the local, national and global level. Read the report
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- Press coverage of the CES 2023 event
1) In 2012, the UN General Assembly – made up of more than 190 nations as UN Member States – affirmed a common understanding of human security: “The right of people to live in freedom and dignity, free from poverty and despair. All individuals, in particular vulnerable people, are entitled to freedom from fear and freedom from want, with an equal opportunity to enjoy all their rights and fully develop their human potential.”
2) These programmes are supported by the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security. The human security approach has also been applied in regional and global initiatives. Many examples of lessons learned can be found here