Human Security First

Campaña Human Security First

The issue

human-security-poster newSecurity and development are inextricably linked. Development projects do not stand a chance when violence and armed conflict destroy all progress that is made, while traditional, state-centred security policies wrongly assume that peace and stability can be attained through defensive, military approaches. Only through a holistic, multi-layered, human security approach can either of them be realized.

Human security is essential to development. The term revolves around “the right of all people to live in freedom and dignity, free from poverty and despair” and the “freedom from fear, freedom from want and freedom to live in dignity.”

Arguably, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have been one of the most successful humanitarian, development efforts in recent years. However, all references to peace and security are missing in the MDGs. As a result no conflict-affected country has reached a single MDG.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) are up for review, since the timeline set for their realization ends in 2015. It is essential that peace and security are included in the post-2015 development agenda. By including human security the gap left behind by the MDGs can be addressed.

The campaign

The Dutch organisation IKV Pax Christi and the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) ask the UN and its Member States to put Human Security First in the post-2015 development agenda.

Human Security First – Sustainable peace for development consists of both political lobby and a public campaign to raise awareness on the importance of human security – and to get you involved!

The campaign will give the floor to people that face the day-to-day realities of violence and insecurity. Through videos, blogs, articles, meetings, roundtables and lobby visits Human Security First will make sure that their voices are heard in the post-2015 development agenda debate.

We also ask people from all over the world to send us their photo. By doing so you let the UN and its Member States know that you want human security to be included in the post-2015 development agenda, and that you support the campaign Human Security First.

Towards 2015 the UN and its Member States will make the final decision on the post-2015 development agenda, we will use the photos and videos gathered to stress that people from all over the world insist that Human Security needs to be First!

The organisations

IKV Pax Christi is a Dutch civil society organisation that works with its partners for peace, reconciliation and justice worldwide. We support local peace efforts in conflict areas. We build bridges, nurture mutual understanding and improve disrupted relations between groups. Our aim is to prevent conflict and to build a peaceful, democratic and just society.

The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC, pronounced “gee-pak”) is a member led network of civil society organisations (CSOs) from all corners of the world who actively work on conflict prevention and peacebuilding. The network consists of fifteen regional networks of local organisations with their own priorities, character and agenda. GPPAC’s mission is to promote a global shift in peacebuilding from solely reacting to conflict to preventing conflicts from turning violent.

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