The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) commissioned internationally renowned experts in the different subfields of human security to prepare the background studies edited for inclusion in this volume. They offer an overview of current trends and insights on what is at stake. Time is of the essence if the international community is to maintain the momentum created a few years ago when the concept of human security emerged.
UNESCO, for its part, has for many years given its support to academic research on human security issues, though regional conferences, expert meetings, and participation in institutional and ministerial gatherings, in close collaboration with the main international actors and decision–makers in this field, as reflected in the recent publication Human Security: Approaches and Challenges.
Rethinking Human Security is addressed both to newcomers and to experts in the field of human security. It is designed to help them to find inspiration in the new developments of a concept that aims to shape practical action to meet the needs of the most vulnerable.
2. Human Security and Human Rights Interaction (Wolfgang Benedek).
3. Conceptualising the Environmental Dimension of Human Security in the UN (Hans Günter Brauch).
4. The Ethical Challenges of Human Security in the Age of Globalisation (J. Peter Burgess).
5. Building the Agenda of Human Security: Policy and Practice within the Human Security Network (Keith Krause).
6. Gender Aspects of Human Security (Ghada Moussa).
7. Basic Elements of a Policy Framework for Human Security (Paul Oquist).
8. The Uncertain Future of Human Security in the UN (Taylor Owen).
John Crowley is Chief of Section of the Ethics of Sciences and Technology Section at UNESCO. He is also the Chief Editor of the International Social Sciences Journal.