Human security aims at ensuring the survival, livelihood and dignity of people in response to current and emerging threats – threats that are widespread and cross cutting, including: economic, food, health, personal, community, political and environmental. Human security brings together the 'human elements' of security, rights and development and displays characteristics such as: people-centered, multi-sectoral, comprehensive, context-specific and prevention oriented.1
The environment is an important part of the human security complex. There are a myriad of factors including social, political, environmental, and economic aspects of human security that depend upon the sustainable and comprehensive governance and management of the environment. Threats to the environment include, but are not limited to environmental degradation, resource depletion, natural disasters and pollution.
The UNITAR Hiroshima Office has developed several training programmes which explore the ;risks and adaptation related to environmental hazards and global change. The training focus on best-practice while taking into account the interplay between environmental and societal factors.
Launched in 1998, the Biodiversity Training Series addresses pressing global questions including around biodiversity and climate change.
The Sea and Human Security Training Programme has explored over the last decade a number of key issues relating to human security as it pertains to the seas and ocean, including governance, marine food security and disaster management.
1United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security, Human Security in Theory and Practice, Available from: http://www.un.org/humansecurity/sites/www.un.org.humansecurity/files/human_security_in_theory_and_practice_english.pdf