The Commission on Human Security was established in January 2001 in response to the UN Secretary-General’s call at the 2000 Millennium Summit for a world “free of want” and “free of fear.” On 1 May 2003, Co-Chairs of the Commission on Human Security, Sadako Ogata and Amartya Sen, presented the Commission’s Final Report, Human Security Now, to the United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan.
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The Human Security Unit (HSU) is pleased to announce the release of its Strategic Plan for the period 2014 to 2017. Twenty years since the term human security was first introduced to the United Nations system, the added value of the human security approach is increasingly recognized by Governments, both at the national and local levels, as well as by regional organizations, civil society groups and the United Nations system. Drawing on the wealth of experiences and lessons learned over the past two decades, the goals and objectives set out in this Strategic Plan point the way forward for mainstreaming human security in the activities of the United Nations and extending its global awareness over next four years.