Human security approach demands a clear focus on actual needs and capacities of states: UNDP

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Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator

Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator

The concept of human security is relevant across the work of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) – from that on poverty reduction and food security, to rule of law, citizen security, human rights, conflict prevention, gender, youth, and climate change and the environment.

That's what UNDP Administrator Helen Clarke told a High-level event on Human Security at UN Headquarters.

She says UNDP finds that the human security approach leads to deeper analysis of the root causes and consequences of the insecurities which undermine people's lives. That, in turn, leads to initiatives which encompass development, human rights, and peace and security.

"A human security approach also demands a clear focus on the actual needs and capacities of governments, of local actors, of communities are, so that responses can be well targeted to meeting the challenges… sometimes the concept of human security is confused with the concept of national security or national safety and that can create concerns for some member states."

Ms. Clark says that at UNDP, they believe it's important to firmly ground human security approach in development perspectives.

She adds that overall, UNDP finds human security a highly relevant concept in framing its initiatives to promote poverty eradication, equity, and sustainability.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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