What is human security?

During recent years, the concept of human security’ has become a rallying point for understanding and working with processes of (human) development in unstable environments.  Particularly the growing challenges posed by global environmental changes threaten to trigger a rapid escalation of conflicts throughout the world as competition over access to scarce resources intensifies, supplies of essential commodities dwindle and global population rates continue to increase.  Thus human security is more than the absence of physical aggression; it is about freedom from fear, but also about freedom from want and a life with dignity. 

The United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security has made a video that provides an easy introduction to the concept, you can click here to watch it.

If you are interested in learning more, the following sites provide comprehensive information (for instance lists or data sets) of relevance to human security: