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Report on the International Consultations and Workshop on Regional Dynamics of Human Security

Held at The Wits Club University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

26, 27 May 2005

Compiled and Written by
Dr. Robin Ludwig, United Nations, New York
Dr. Abdul Lamin, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg


SARPN ackolwedges the Commission on Human Security website as the source of this document - www.humansecurity-chs.org
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Background and Objectives

On 26 and 27 May 2005, United Nations Dialogue with the Global South and the Department of International Relations at University of the Witwatersrand co-hosted a consultation and workshop on the regional dynamics of human security. Participants in the meeting included some 30 researchers, academics and policy makers from South Africa, particularly the greater Johannesburg area, and academics from selected universities in China, Egypt, India and Mexico. (See Addendum 1 for a list of participants.) The purpose of the meeting was to engage the academic and research communities in a discussion of the concept of human security and its relationship to current proposals for United Nations reform. The meeting, generously supported by the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security, also provided an opportunity for participants to explore regional differences in human security concerns and to identify priority issues for further research.

United Nations Dialogue with the Global South is a three year pilot project that was initiated by the United Nations in 2004 with support from the United Nations Foundation. The goal of the project is to establish research links and ongoing collaboration between the three United Nations departments directly responsible for peace and security issues and partner universities located in the Global South. The partner universities include the American University in Cairo, Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, the National University of Mexico, Tsinghua University in China and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg. This meeting, generously hosted by Wits, provided the first opportunity for representatives of the partner universities to meet and discuss their further collaboration.

The discussions during the two-day meeting were facilitated by the proposals contained in three high profile reports: Human Security Now: Protecting and Empowering People; by the Commission on Human Security; the United Nations Secretary-General’s High Level Panel report, A More Secure World: Our Shared Responsibility; and the United Nations Secretary-General’s report, In Larger Freedom: Towards Development, Security and Human Rights for All.



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