Human Security week in New York

From its establishment in 2005 the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) has recognized the importance of human security. Human security is putting people's safety, well-being and political inclusion first, in any given context. It builds the foundation upon which both sustainable peace and sustainable development can be achieved, and without which, neither can be realized.

Next week – from 6-9 October 2014 – a group of GPPAC human security experts will be coming together in New York for a week of events and activities. The week is planned around the launch of the GPPAC Human Security publication, 'Empowerment and Protection: Stories of Human Security', and the promotion of the Human Security First campaign, but will entail a number of other activities.

  • On Monday morning the group will have a Human Security Working Group meeting. This morning will be used to get acquainted, to update each other on developments in human security and GPPAC / members activities, and to strategize on the GPPAC human security position, within and outside of the network.

  • On Monday afternoon and Tuesday for the entire day, the group will receive a media workshop with long-time GPPAC partner, Michael Shank. The workshop will aim to combine learning, discussing and developing strategies, messages and content for the media on human security. It will focus on the capacitation of the participants, but will also ensure that outputs developed will serve the broader GPPAC strategy on human security.

  • On Wednesday evening, an event will be organised at the Dutch Permanent Mission to the UN, co-hosted with the UN Human Security Unit. The event, Human Security First: Empowerment and protection for sustainable peace and development, will be the moment the new publication, 'Empowerment and Protection: Stories of Human Security', will be officially launched. Simultaneously, the event will promote the Human Security First campaign and feature all the videos and photos that have been collected so far.

  • Finally, on Thursday the group will meet with a range of different organizations to further promote the publication, its recommendations and the campaign. Among the organizations that the group will meet with are the UN Human Security Unit and the International Peace Institute.

The participants to the week in NYC have all contributed to the publication and the campaign. To learn more about them, and to get an initial idea what their contributions to the publication are about, click here.

Throughout the week we will be sharing updates and stories from New York through our Twitter account, Facebook page and in the activities section of this website.

And if you want to get involved, share your thoughts or give your support, contact us via any of the above mentioned channels, at or by using the #humansecurityfirst

International Day of Peace 2014

The International Day of Peace 2014 was celebrated throughout the world on Sunday 21st September. Many GPPAC members hosted events in their countries and many included something about human security.

Many viewed and recorded videos of people explaining why they needed human security. Check out some of these in the video section of this website. We also collected photographs of people who support the Human Security approach. These photographs will be displayed at different events organised as part of the Human Security First campaign, including an upcoming event in New York in October 2014, to show all the supporters we have behind us.

If you organised an event or did an activity for the International Day of Peace, share information with us so we can add this. Please get in touch through We look forward to hearing from you!

Launch Event

On Wednesday 2 October 2013 the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) and IKV Pax Christi hosted an event, A Human Security Approach to the Post-2015 Development Agenda, from 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm at 708 Third Avenue (corner of 44th Street), 24th Floor in NY. 
During the event the new campaign, Human Security First – Sustainable peace for development was introduced. The campaign will give the floor to people that face the day-to-day realities of violence and insecurity. Through videos, blogs, articles, meetings, roundtables and lobby visits Human Security First will make sure that their voices are heard in the post-2015 development agenda debate.
Videos were shown of Sharon Bhagwan Rolls from Fiji, Shafeek Seddiq from Afghanistan and Aaranya Rajasingam from Sri Lanka. Additionally, one of GPPAC's partners, Mauricio Salazar, International Coordinator for SERAPAZ from Mexico, was there to share his thoughts on the harsh reality of Mexico and the need for human security. Marte Hellema, Programme Manager Public Outreach at the Global Secretariat of GPPAC introduced the broader campaign, the background and the main objectives of Human Security First. 
Participants ranged from people from the UN Human Security Unit, representatives of Permanent Missions to the UN, civil society representatives from organizations like Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP), Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, the World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP) and the Alternative Asean Network on Burma (ALTSEAN-Burma), to young political activists from Burma.