What does human security mean to you?

GPPAC is a network of civil society organisations working for sustainable peace all over the world. As part of GPPAC's Human Security First campaign in 2013, our network's members and partners from all over the world recorded their thoughts on what the idea of human security means to them and their local realities. The videos, photos and testimonials collected during this campaign fed into GPPAC's advocacy efforts for a human security approach to the post-2015 development agenda. They also serve as an important reminder of the universality of the concept as well as demonstrating the diverse ways in which people relate to it.   

We would like to thank all the people who took the time to record these testimonials and share their thoughts with our global audience! 



Jargal Tsolmon

Jargal Tsolmon is a junior student at the National University of Mongolia with a Major in International Relations. In his free time he works as a tour guide to learn more about his county and meet...


Anastasia Barannikova

Anastasia Barannikova is the researcher of Center for Maritime International Studies, ADM Nevelskoy Maritime State University. She is also the head of Young Pugwash Group, Russian Pugwash Committee...


Sun Liping

Sun Liping has been a consultant for the China Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO) for many years and is deeply involved in its projects on Corporate Social Responsibility, NGO's Ability's...


Lee Mihyeon

Lee Mihyeon is Coordinator of the Center for Peace and Disarmament at the People's Solidarity for Participatory Democracy (PSPD) based in Seoul. Ms Lee has been working at PSPD since 2012. Main...


Anton Kostyuk

Anton V. Kostyuk at the moment is director of the International Affairs Department of Maritime State University named after Admiral G.I. Nevelskoy. He is a researcher in the field of international...


Jung Gyunglan

Ms Jung Gyunglan is Chairperson, International Cooperation Committee and former Co-Representative of Women Making Peace in Seoul, South Korea. She is a gender focal point of GPPAC Northeast Asia....


Au Pak Kuen

Mr Au Pak Kuen is Chair of the Chinese Alliance for Commemoration of Sino-Japanese War Victims, a Hong Kong based organization founded in 1988 to unite Chinese around the world as peace-loving...


Ambassador Choinkhor Jalbuu

Choinkhor Jalbuu's career with the Mongolian Ministry of Foreign Affairs began in 1970 when he joined the department of international organizations. He stayed in that post for two years, thereafter...


Yoshioka Tatsuya

Yoshioka Tatsuya is Co-Founder and Director of Peace Boat. While still a student at Tokyo's Waseda University, where he specialized in Asian Studies, Yoshioka became involved as a full time...


Shafeek Seddiq

Shafeek Seddiq has been working as a lawyer in Afghanistan since 2008 in reforming the rule of law as part of the overall international intervention of building the legal system in fragile and post...


Halima Adan

Halima Adan is the project coordinator of Save Somali Women and Children (SSWC), Somalia. SSWC is non-governmental organizations, which contribute to the creation of a safe and sustainable...


Jenny Aulin

Jenny Aulin works as Programme Manager Human Security at the GPPAC Global Secretariat in The Hague, the Netherlands. Having been with GPPAC since 2008, her current responsibilities include the...


Alexander Bogomolov

Alexander Bogomolov was born 1963. He holds a Ph.D. in Arabic linguistics. In the 1980s and 1990s he travelled and lived extensively in the Middle East. Since January 2014 he has been the Director...


Lucy Nusseibeh

Lucy Nusseibeh lives and works in East Jerusalem, where she is the founder and director of MEND (Middle East Nonviolence and Democracy). Since 2007, Ms. Nusseibeh has also served as the...


Peter McOmalla

Peter Boswell McOmalla is the Executive Director of Human Rights Education and Peace International (Hurepi-Trust), Chairman for the Eastern Africa Action Network on Small Arms (EAANSA), Chief...


Lizan Nijkrake

Lizan Nijkrake is a master student Public International and European Law at the University of Amsterdam, with specific interest in legal philosophy, refugee and Islamic law. Currently she is doing...


Rena Ramkay

Rena Ramkay works in the fields of mediation, conflict prevention and resolution, as well as child rights and protection, mainly as a private consultant, but also for a number of different...


Justine Ngum Kwachu Kumche

Justine Ngum Kwachu Kumche holds a Masters in Anthropology of Development, University of Yaoundé I, Cameroon. She is Co Founder and the Executive Director of Women in Alternative Action- WAA...


Ana Bourse

Ana Bourse is the Executive Director of the Coordinadora Regional de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales (CRIES) based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is also the GPPAC Regional Representative...



Zarni is Officer in charge of International Relations for Movement for Democracy Current Forces (M.D.C.F) and Cooperative Committee for Trade Unions (C.C.T.U) in Burma. He is a former political...


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