Human security discussed at the United Nations

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten

We are living through a time of great turmoil and transition, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon told a high level event on human security on Wednesday.

At the same time, he said, there is a growing call by citizens around the world for justice.

The Secretary-General said too many people around the world live in uncertainty.

But he added that the goal is always to empower people, bring different actors together and generate holistic responses to complex challenges.

“The human security approach recognizes the links between peace, development and human rights. The Fund's projects have enabled communities around the world to make the transition towards peace and sustainable development. They have succeeded because they focus on people's needs. They draw on experts from different disciplines and different agencies. They transcend what we might think of as traditional humanitarian or development work.”

Two lessons to increase human security have emerged from the dramatic events of recent years: first, that it is more important than ever to find comprehensive solutions to the world's interlinked problems; and second, that our comprehensive approach must also be broad-based.

The Secretary-General said the General Assembly's adoption of its first-ever resolution on human security– a government's ability to protect its citizens — last September, was an important first step.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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