Time to Prioritize Human Security among Global Commitments

But every crisis is also an opportunity” Guterres says. “The pandemic has shown us what we need to do. We must put people at the centre of our actions to bring tangible improvements to people’s daily lives.”

  • PPI Staff

New York: “I believe the concept of human security is an essential framework” UN Secretary- General António Guterres’ said, addressing a meeting of the Group of Friends of Human Security yesterday. He stressed the importance to chart a post-pandemic future that will ensure greater equity, opportunity and dignity for all.

The world is facing major challenges, such as the pandemic, climate disruption, pollution and biodiversity loss, protracted conflicts, skyrocketing inequalities, the dark side of technological advancement, and large-scale displacement.

All these threats can bring dire social, economic, and environmental consequences and erase years of investment towards sustainable peace and development. They also transcend borders and disproportionately affect the most vulnerable people, communities and nations.

But every crisis is also an opportunity” Guterres says. “The pandemic has shown us what we need to do. We must put people at the centre of our actions to bring tangible improvements to people’s daily lives.”

Guterres stresses the need to break down silos across sector and institutions, to boost inclusive partnerships that benefit from the perspectives of youth, women, and those whose voices are rarely heard, such as indigenous peoples. Also, the focus must be shift towards the prevention of a crises and to act early in order to lessen devastating effects.
“In this process of strengthening our global system, I am convinced that human security is a necessary conceptual and operational framework.” Guterres said.

“By prioritizing a ground-up approach, it deepens our capacity to make meaningful progress on the commitment to leave no one behind. And it guides forward-looking strategies that build the resilience of people and minimize the potential for sudden or slow-onset crises to grow into full-blown human catastrophes.”

Guterres is committed to deepens the work between UN and the Group of Friends of Human Security, in order to strive towards a future where no one is left behind during crises to come.

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