Human security in our region

What does it mean to be secure?

"Security" is a preoccupation of many Australians including policy makers. In responding to change and instability in some of our nearest neighbours, Australia has had to reconsider what security really means for the region and the people who live there.

Human security depends on freedom from fear and freedom from want. The traditional tools of 'statecraft' - defence and diplomacy - cannot achieve sustainable security without addressing the challenges of poverty, violence and environmental degradation?

But what does human security really mean? How does it relate to traditional concepts of security? Or to human development or human rights?

What about human trafficking and transnational crime? What about violence against women and the underrepresentation of women in government? Or the health threats of pandemic disease or poor access to water and sanitation?

Is human security the protection of individuals so that they become free from fear and want or is it the protection of individuals and communities so that they have the freedom to make their own decisions that impact on their well-being?

Is human security a territorial issue that should be the responsibility of individual states or does the international community have a role to play in protecting individuals under threat?

Join Sydney Ideas and One Just World to see how we can work towards human security in our region.

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  • Venue York Theatre, Seymour Centre, The University of Sydney, Corner of City Rd and Cleveland St, Chippendale NSW 2006,
  • Date & time 5/05/2010 6:00:00 PM