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Rethinking security: What enables secure and sustainable living?

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Rethinking Security: What enables
secure and sustainable living?

Monday 2 November
17:00-18:15

The concept of human security predates its coinage as a phrase. Despite the militarised understanding of security that often predominates, there are communities who have long lived by other, more people-centred understandings of security. The components of security are both multiple and indivisible, inviting the question of whether national and international security have been overemphasised at the cost of community and individual needs and rights. Global military spending is at a decade high, yet no weapon or army has been able to protect us from the bushfires, health crises, and other threats that strain our human and planetary survival.

This Geneva Peace Week session will engage a broad array of voices to gather visions of a world free from fear, want and indignity. We are interested in harnessing different individuals' experiences of secure and sustainable living, whether individual or collective, to help shift the concept of security from its state-centred confines to a more inclusive, people and planet focused notion. The discussion will be formed on the basis of a global call for creative submissions on the title topic: “Rethinking Security: What enables secure and sustainable living?” This session will be held in a highly interactive, conversational manner to reimagine and reprioritise our societies around a holistic concept of human security. A full session summary can be found here

This session is a part of Geneva Peace Week 2020. For more information and to register, please visit the GPW website here

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