Human Security Unit
The Human Security Unit (HSU) was established in May 2004. The overall objective of the HSU is to integrate the human security approach into the work of the UN system and to strengthen the Organization’s response to multiple and complex challenges. By combining the management of the UN Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS) with advocacy and outreach activities, the HSU plays a pivotal role in translating the human security approach into concrete outcomes. Today, the principles of human security are mainstreamed in key global agendas.
DEVELOP PRACTICAL TOOLS
The HSU develops frameworks and tools for applying the human security approach in UN activities. These practical tools bring together diverse partners from across the UN system in collaboration with Governments, civil society and the private sector to address the needs and vulnerabilities of communities.
RESPOND TO SITUATIONS OF HUMAN INSECURITY
Through the UNTFHS, the HSU helps to translate the human security approach into concrete activities to improve the lives and livelihoods of people faced with complex and multidimensional situations of insecurity. UNTFHS programmes employ integrated strategies that are oriented towards the prevention of crises as well as the promotion of long-term peace and sustainable development.
MAINSTREAM HUMAN SECURITY AT THE UNITED NATIONS
The HSU works to mainstream the human security approach in the work of the UN at headquarters and the country level. The HSU supports the Special Adviser on Human Security, establishing partnerships with member States in bodies such as the Friends for Human Security and the Human Security Network, and within the UN system through the Inter-Agency Working Group on Human Security.
DISSEMINATE LESSONS LEARNED AND FOSTER COLLABORATION
The HSU works with academic institutions, regional intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental and community-based organizations, as well as foundations and the private sector, to foster tangible and innovative initiatives for advancing the priorities of the international community.
Human Security Unit
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