The Interdisciplinary Institute of Human Security & Governance, Delhi (IIHSG) Conference took place on
23 - 25 February 2022
It was held online in light of ongoing uncertainties and disruptions caused by the Covid-19 Pandemic.
SecurityWomen organised a panel event as part of the Conference, entitled Women in Security which explored the scope of women’s involvement in policing from grass root level to strategic planning and development.
The recording of the event is now available here. The panel starts 3.5 minutes into the recording.
The Conference was organised in collaboration with:
· Center for Conflict Studies, Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Monterey, California, USA
· SecurityWomen, UK
· Department of International Relations, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh
· Department of Politics & International Relations, Central University of Jharkhand, India
· Department of Defence & Strategic Studies, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, India
Proposals from across humanities, arts, social sciences and other disciplines for both paper presentation and participation within the broadest reach of Human Security studies and Governance were received.
In the post-Cold War world, the concept of security has evolved from the traditional notion of ‘national security’ to the people-centric concept of ‘human security.’ To quote from the UN General Assembly Resolution 66/290, “Human security calls for “people-centred, comprehensive, context-specific and prevention-oriented responses that strengthen the protection and empowerment of all people.” Today, in the context of the pandemic, identity-based divisions, climate crisis, economic insecurity, and more, the questions we grapple with are:
(a) who ensures human security?
(b) what is the process of getting to peace by ensuring human security
(c) how can we ensure human security is central to our programs in development and peace building?
A human security lens and approach argues that while the state has the responsibility to provide security to its people,the people themselves can define and take charge of their own security needs. In short, we believe that it is through good governance, which involves conversations and collaboration between governments, institutions, and people, to make the right decisions that will protect human lives and alleviate human suffering. As the Commission on Global Governance report states,
“Governance is an ongoing and evolutionary process which looks to reconcile conflicting interests to protect the weak, through the rule of law, from unjust exploitation, and introduce security for all.”
Governance is also a process through which collective good and goods (including security) are generated, or their production facilitated, so that all are better off than they would be acting individually. Thus, governance implies a concern by those who govern with both the security and development, or provision/facilitation of Basic Human Needs, of those who are governed. Or, in other words, ‘Governance’’ encompasses all governing bodies including nation-state as well as all non-governmental organizations: International and Multinational Organizations and Civil Society.
Human security is a human right, and governance ensures human rights (political, social, economic, cultural, and civil) through its key attributes (identified by the Human Rights Council): transparency, responsibility, accountability, participation, and responsiveness to the needs of the people.
The International Conference on Human Security & Governance will focus on all three aspects of security – Freedom from Want, Freedom from Fear, and Freedom from Indignity - to analyse the role and functioning of nation-states as well as actors like international organisations, multinational organisations, lobbies, think tanks, political parties, non-governmental organizations, community, media in securing human security goals. Furthermore, this Conference aims to create a network and support the international community of academicians, researchers, scholars, and scientists by promoting an exchange of the latest trends, developments, and challenges in the field.
1. Human Security and State
2. Human Security and Good Governance
3. Human Security and Sustainable Governance
4. Health and Governance
5. Education and Governance
6. Income and Governance
7. Law, Governance & Politics
8. Human Security and Law
9. Human Security, Governance and Politics
10. Women Security and Governance
11. Transgender Security and Governance
12. Child Security and Governance
13. Elderly Security and Governance
14. Human Security and External Actors
15. Human Security and NGOs
16. Human Security and International Organizations
17. Human Security and Multinational Organizations
18. Human Security and Terrorism
19. Human Security and Pandemic
20. ‘New’ threats for Human Security: Recent Trends