Today’s world is an insecure place for many people around the globe. The crises we currently face are complex, entailing multiple forms of human insecurity. When insecurities overlap, they can grow exponentially, spilling into all aspects of people’s lives. This require greater integration of activities across the UN system and in partnership with others.

The Human Security Approach can reinforce UN support to Member States in strengthening resilience to climate change and natural disasters; promoting peaceful and inclusive societies; addressing the underlying causes of persistent poverty; and bolstering the transition from humanitarian crisis to longer term sustainable development. As such the application of the Human Security Approach can significantly enhance actions taken by the UN and its partners to fully realize the transformative promise of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

By being comprehensive and by drawing together all the actors necessary to respond to cross-cutting complex challenges, the application of the Human Security Approach ensures coherence, eliminates duplication and advances integrated solutions that result in more effective and tangible improvements in the daily lives of people and their communities.

This global training is an integral part of a cross-cutting learning initiative called “Building Capacity in Applying the Human Security Approach” launched jointly by the Staff College and the Human Security Unit in 2017.



Upon successful completion of this course, participants will:

  • Benefit from enhanced capacity to analyse complex contexts of deteriorating human security and frame responses in a comprehensive and systemic manner;
  • Apply the Human Security Approach as a people-centred and multidimensional framework in support of the Agenda 2030;
  • Be prepared advance national planning towards achieving the SDGs;
  • Be equipped with an extensive repertoire of lessons learned and good practices from numerous country contexts.

Course Methodology

Course Methodology: 

The course will engage participants with adult learning methodologies, characterized by an interactive training style and a blended approach that fosters knowledge and experience sharing. Case studies and best practices of the Human Security Approach will allow the practical application of analytical frameworks to real-life situations.

Course Contents

Course Contents: 

The first part of the course will establish the theoretical and analytical foundations of the human security approach. The added value of human security as both an analytical lens and a programming framework will also be explored, especially as regards Agenda 2030. The second part of the training will be devoted to imparting knowledge and best practices of the Human Security Approach (through case studies and experience sharing) as well as build skills by using the tools and methodology and applying them directly to participants own country contexts.

Target Audience

Target Audience: 

UN staff, national government counterparts and technical staff from ministries, interested donors and civil society organizations working on thematic issues fundamental for the realisation of the Agenda 2030 in contexts of deteriorating human security and vulnerability.

Cost of participation

Cost of participation: 

Thanks to a generous contribution from the UN Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS), this course is offered at the subsidized price of 1,000 USD. Sponsoring organizations are responsible for the travel and accommodation of their participating staff.

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