About the Campaign

The issue

Security, human rights and development are all linked. Development projects do not stand a chance when violence and armed conflict destroy all progress that is made. Traditional, state-centred security policies that pursue stability through defensive military approaches cannot secure long-term peace. Only through a holistic, multi-layered, human security approach that focuses on people can peace and development be realised.

Human security upholds the right of all people to live in freedom and dignity, free from poverty and despair, reflecting three central pillars: Freedom from Fear, Freedom from Want and Freedom from Indignity. 


A practical example

The original Millennium Development Goals addressed development, but without a Human Security approach. Not taking a holistic view that combines security, human rights and development meant that countries affected by conflict did not do well at achieving the goals. The Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals are being discussed now, and we would like to see Human Security included this time so that the goals will be addressed holistically.


The campaign

The goal of the Human Security First campaign is security for people, for which people need to be heard. We want people front-and-centre in determining the policies that directly affect them.

The Human Security approach is the way to listen to people and incorporate their voices in analysis and policy making. The goal of this campaign is to get the Human Security approach broadly adopted, so that people's voices are heard in matters of security.

The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) and the Dutch organisation PAX are the organisations behind the Human Security First campaign. Together we hope to raise awareness of the importance of Human Security, so that eventually it will be the natural starting point of all policies of the UN, governments and civil society organisations.

The campaign will give the floor to people that face the day-to-day realities of violence and insecurity. Through videos, blogs, articles, meetings, round tables and lobby visits Human Security First will make sure that their voices are heard.

By sending us your photo, you are adding your voice to the people asking for Human Security to be put first!


The organisations

The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC, pronounced "gee-pak") is a member led network of civil society organisations (CSOs) from all corners of the world who actively work on conflict prevention and peacebuilding. The network consists of fifteen regional networks of local organisations with their own priorities, character and agenda. GPPAC's mission is to promote a global shift in peacebuilding from solely reacting to conflict to preventing conflicts from turning violent.

PAX is a Dutch civil society organisation that works with its partners for peace, reconciliation and justice worldwide. We support local peace efforts in conflict areas. We build bridges, nurture mutual understanding and improve disrupted relations between groups. Our aim is to prevent conflict and to build a peaceful, democratic and just society.