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Global Health and Human Security

Health, Resilience, and the Added Value of the Human Security Approach: Achieving the SDGs


Venue: UN Secretariat Building, Conference Room 6
Date & Time: Monday, May 2, 16:30–18:00, followed by reception 18:00–19:00
Organizers: Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE), UN Human Security Unit
Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO)


 

Background and Context

As the international community’s development agenda transitions from the era of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to that of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the time is ripe to revisit human security and explore its practical implications for the new development agenda.

Echoing human security principles, the 2030 Agenda emphasizes a “world free of poverty, hunger, disease and want … free of fear and violence … with equitable and universal access to quality education, health care and social protection … to safe drinking water and sanitation … where food is sufficient, safe, affordable and nutritious … where habitats are safe, resilient and sustainable … and where there is universal access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy.” It calls for development strategies that result in more resilient societies where people are safe from chronic threats such as ill health, abject poverty, hunger, disease, violence, and repression, and protected from sudden and hurtful disruptions in their daily lives.

Sustainable Development Goal 3 (SDG3), which calls to “ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages,” lies at the center of our ability to achieve the other sixteen goals. While diverse conditions of insecurity drive deterioration in health and wellbeing, the direct and indirect effects of poor health in turn undermine human security at the individual and community levels. As a particularly salient representation of the interconnected nature of these goals, SDG3 helps us to see the practical applications of the human security concept, as well as a path forward to achieving the ambitious and comprehensive SDG agenda, thereby serving as a useful entry point to developing a better understanding of the added value that a human security approach can offer.

Drawing on findings from a new report by PAHO/WHO and JCIE (an independent, nongovernmental research institute), the seminar will focus on concrete contributions of the human security approach towards health, resilience and the achievement of the SDGs, in particular those related to ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages (SDG3). Based on case studies related to health programs from around the world, as well as lessons learned from PAHO/WHO’s efforts to implement the findings of the report in several Latin American countries, the contribution of the human security approach to SDG3 and Agenda 2030 will be presented and followed by a discussion on how these lessons can be applied in other parts of the world, as well as in other fields.

A second launch seminar will be held in Washington, DC, at PAHO headquarters on Thursday, May 5, 2016.

  Read full report: Health, Resilience, and Human Security: Moving Toward Health for All


Speakers
Welcome remarks: Yukio Takasu, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Human Security
Keynote address: Keizo Takemi, Member, House of Councillors, National Diet of Japan; and Senior Fellow, JCIE
Remarks: Joy Phumaphi, Executive Secretary, African Leaders Malaria Alliance; former Minister of Health, Botswana
Presentation: “Findings of the report on the added value of the human security approach to the SDG on Health and Agenda 2030,” Susan Hubbard, Senior Associate, JCIE/USA
Presentation: “Lessons learned from implementing the human security approach in PAHO/WHO member States,” Marcelo Korc, Advisor, PAHO/WHO
Q & A with audience: moderated by Yukio Takasu


More About Human Security

The human security concept seeks to protect universal freedoms—freedom from want, freedom from fear, and freedom to live in dignity—of individuals and communities by emphasizing the interlinkages among the many sources of vulnerability in people's lives. By placing target communities as the key unit for identifying needs and resources, human security ensures a multi-sectoral approach that combines top-down protection through the provision of public servies with bottom-up empowerment that builds the community's capacity to address the challenges it faces. In essence, human security aims to achieve the following:

Survival: To protect people from existing critical and pervasive physical threats.

Livelihood: To ensure both income and meaningful work that builds on the capacities and ingenuity of vulnerable populations and expands the opportunities available to them.

Dignity: To enhance the dignity of the target population.

Resilience: To enhance the target population's ability to deal with existing and potential threats.



Human Security Resources
Special Issue: Human Security and Health   EDS. JACK C. CHOW, SUSAN HUBBARD, KEIKO WATANABE | DECEMBER 2012
Special issue of Global Health Governance exploring the ways in which human security contributes to the health field.

Human Security: Implications for Public Health   PAHO | 2012
A technical reference document by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) that identifies how human security and public health are mutually enriching, and clarifies different definitions and approaches.
     Full Report: ENG | ESP
     Executive Summary: ENG | ESP


Using Human Security Principles to Develop a Post-2015 Framework   Institute of Development Studies | APRIL 2012
A policy brief by the Institute of Development Studies on the added value of using human security principles to underpin the post-2015 development framework.

Building Resilience: Human Security Approaches to AIDS in Africa and Asia   SUSAN HUBBARD & TOMOKO SUZUKI | 2008
A JCIE publication analyzing five projects funded by the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security that deal with the intersection between AIDS and issues of poverty, migration, education, and gender inequality.

Human Security Now: Final Report   COMMISSION ON HUMAN SECURITY | 2003
Final report by the independent Commission on Human Security launched in 2001 to promote understanding of the human security concept and to develop the concept as an operational tool for policy formulation and implementation.