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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Human Security

Martin Wählisch

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 22 September 2021

Subject(s):
Economic, social, and cultural rights — Sustainable development — Humanitarian intervention — International peace and security

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1The concept of ‘human security’ has been increasingly under discussion among practitioners and in scholarly circles (Martin and Owen). In 1994, the Human Development Report of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) drew global attention to the idea, emphasizing the need for ‘people-centred development’ as the foundation of the global development agenda. The notion of human security is to approach security beyond a purely State-focused military angle, but also include humanitarian, political, economic, and social perspectives. In this spirit, the UN’s...
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