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"Human security ... brings together the human elements of security, of rights and of development" - Human Security Now, Commission on Human Security

  • Human Security: The what and the why
  • Human Security: Seven Categories
  • Human Security: Issues for Concern
  • Human Security: Indicators for Measurement
  • Human Security: Risk Assessment
  • Human Security: Policy Principles

  • Definitions of Human Security
  • What is 'Human Security'?
  • Comparision of Human Security definitions

    Bibliography on Human Security



    Some other "securities" that are related to, and utlimately impact, human security:
    Carbon Security The term, carbon security, while overshadowed by that of "climate security", refers to the risks arising from carbon emissions (which ultimately lead to global warming, sea level raise, and other climate change risks) and reducing human activities changing lifestyles that are responsible for the emissions.
    Climate security Climate security refers to the risks arising, directly or indirectly, by changes in climate patterns. It also includes societal constraints that shape mitigation and adaptation options that can be used. The Global Risks Report 2019 by the World Economic Forum, cited climate change risks as critical - extreme weather, lack of climate action and natural disasters as the three main problems.
    Energy security Energy security refers to the generation, availability and access to energy sources at affordable prices, which does not disrupt economic activities in the short and long term. It refers to increased use of renewable sources of energy to reduce negative environmental impacts.
    Environmental security Environmental security examines threats posed by environmental events and trends to individuals, communities or nations, and vice versa - the adverse impact of human activities on the environment. Environmental degradation, inequitable access to natural resources or industrialization (which are all human-induced), could increase the probability of conflict and thereby pose a risk to human and national security.
    Food security Food security issues essentially focus on having reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. The Food and Agricultural Organization defines food security as existing “when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life”. Commonly, the concept of food security is defined as including both physical and economic access to food that meets people’s dietary needs as well as their food preferences.
    Water security Water security is the capacity of a population to safeguard sustainable access to adequate quantities of acceptable quality water for sustaining livelihoods, human well-being, and socio-economic development, for ensuring protection against water-borne pollution and water-related disasters, and for preserving ecosystems in a climate of peace and political stability. [UN Water]


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