PREVENTION AND RESILIENCE
Armed conflicts and natural disasters have taken a staggering toll in human suffering. Addressing the scale and complexity of these challenges, and making good on the global promise to leave no one behind, depends on addressing the root causes of current and emerging crises, preventing their re-occurrence, and strengthening the resilience of those most vulnerable.
THE TRANSITION TO SUSTAINABLE PEACE
Centred on people and the most pressing concerns they face, human security encourages better alignment of international responses to local needs, vulnerabilities and capacities, and aims to ensure that actions taken by the UN system and others address the underlying drivers of conflicts, restore trust and confidence, reduce inequalities, and strengthen State-society relations. Such an approach advances an inclusive peacebuilding architecture that reinforces people’s confidence in the political process and the institutions that together minimize the space in which societies may relapse into conflict.
CONNECTING IMMEDIATE RESPONSES TO LONG-TERM RESULTS
Threats to people’s survival, livelihood and dignity are seldom singular in nature. Rather, a mix of factors come together to generate situations that are often complex and multidimensional, requiring those responsible for relief, rehabilitation and development to come together and avoid loosely coordinated but essentially compartmentalized solutions. Premised on the recognition that long-term sustainable results are more likely to be generated by activities that go beyond crisis response, a focus on human security highlights the structural, institutional and behavioural changes that are needed to move the world from delivering aid to ending need.
HUMAN SECURITY IN PRACTICE
A significant portion of UN Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS) funding has supported programmes in countries emerging from conflict and natural disasters, or experiencing fragility. These programmes have taken a multi-sectoral approach with a view towards advancing sustainable solutions. They have focused on restoring people’s confidence in collective action, strengthening citizen security, improving the delivery of and access to basic social services, reinstating livelihoods and promoting community reconciliation. Programmes have consistently shown that long-term prevention and resilience is more likely to be generated by activities that go beyond responding to an immediate crisis.