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.
This five minute video provides a concise and engaging overview of the human security concept and its application through the UNTFHS. The human security approach is presented through a simple animation which highlights its added value in responding to today’s complex and interrelated threats through an approach which addresses the full range of threats faced by communities at risk. Footage from a UNTFHS-funded project in Northern Uganda shows the human security approach in action; from the positive impact across numerous aspects of community life to the improved coordination between UN agencies.
Drawing on case studies form projects funded by the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS), the booklet provides a more in-depth analysis on the application of the human security approach and its added value to the work of the United Nations. Following an introduction on the work of the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS) and the key principles of the human security approach, the booklet highlights the added value of applying the approach in the areas of climate change, peacebuilding, migration, urban violence, poverty reduction, and health.
The brochure provides an overview of the human security approach and its application; the trajectory of discussions on human security in the UN General Assembly; the entities within the UN Secretariat responsible for the advancement of human security; and the UNTFHS and its added value.
A pamphlet to provide a snap-shot of the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS), its relevance in responding to today’s complex and interrelated threats, and the projects supported by the Fund.
The Human Security Unit, a freelance journalist and a team of photographers visited dozen of project sites funded under the UNTFHS, conducting hundreds of interviews with local staff and beneficiaries. From this multitude of compelling initiatives, nine stories were selected to show the practical applications of the human security approach. They reflect the range of issues, regions, and institutions involved in the advancement of human security around the globe.