Virtual Symposium: A New Generation of Human Security

Dr. Christina Lengfelder
  • When: 8-11 June 2021 at  8:30 am - 11:30 am Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)
  • How to Join: Click here to Register.

The UNDP Human Development Report Office invites you to the Virtual Symposium on A New Generation of Human Security. 

The world faces interconnected challenges across our natural and social systems which are having a massive – and growing - impact on people’s security. Expanding on the pioneering work by the 1994 Human Development Report and the Ogata-Sen Commission, we will explore what “freedom from want and freedom from fear” means in this new era. As a first step, the Human Development Report Office at UNDP is organizing a symposium on human security.

Running between June 8-11, the symposium will pay special attention to issues that have risen in prominence recently, especially those that are expected to last beyond the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, such as:

  • Structural changes to human security threats: threats that have emerged from both the Anthropocene and the digital age.

  • Threats to human security including violent conflicts and crime, specifically a new form of violent conflict with more civilian casualties, as well as organized crime and related citizen insecurity.

  • Human insecurity as a threat to human development, including economic security, health, domestic violence, dignity, multidimensional inequalities, discrimination, and polarization.
  • The way forward: new aspirations and new responses during challenging times, focused on revisiting the concept of human security and identifying potential policy responses to meet people’s aspirations in the 21st century.

Discussions will focus on conceptual issues, measurement, and policy options.

Confirmed keynote speakers include:

  • Dr. Shen Xiaomeng, Director of the UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and UNU Vice-Rector in Europe

  • Dr. Vivienne Ming, Co-founder & Executive Chair, Socos Labs

  • Prof. Mary Kaldor, Professor Emerita of Global Governance and Director of the Conflict Research Programme, London School of Economics

  • Prof. Michael Barnett, Professor of International Affairs and Political Science at the George Washington University

  • Prof. Frances Stewart, Professor Emeritus of Development Economics, University of Oxford

  • Prof. James Foster, Oliver T. Carr, Jr. Professor of International Affairs, Professor of Economics, and Co-Director of the Institute for International Economic Policy at George Washington University

  • Prof. Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO of New America and Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University

  • Prof. Des Gasper, Professor of Human Development, Development Ethics and Public Policy, ISS of Erasmus University Rotterdam

For more information about the event and the related Special Report on Human Security, please check out our website http://hdr.undp.org/en/new-gen-human-security or visit the HDRO website here for updated information on the agenda and more.

UNDP is also collecting views on what Human Security means to you and you can participate through a short survey here. Everyone’s voice matters.

Look forward to your active participation and a fruitful discussion!