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The Japanese Approach to Human Security. 5 December, 2013 Akiko Fukushima Senior Fellow, The Tokyo Foundation. Contents. 1. Japan’s Interpretation of Human Security 2. Japan’s Efforts to Mainstream Human Security (1) Disseminating, mainstreaming human security at the UN

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The japanese approach to human security

The Japanese Approach to Human Security

5 December, 2013

Akiko Fukushima

Senior Fellow, The Tokyo Foundation


Contents

Contents

  • 1. Japan’s Interpretation of Human Security

  • 2. Japan’s Efforts to Mainstream Human Security

  • (1) Disseminating, mainstreaming human security at the UN

  • (2) Human security concept in development, humanitarian projects

  • (3) Public understanding of human security in Japan

  • 3. Japan’s Perception of R2P in its relation to human security

  • 4. Suggestions for Japan-EU Cooperation on human security


1 japan s interpretation of human security

1. Japan’s Interpretation of Human Security

  • Protection

  • Freedom to live in dignity

Freedom from fear

* Conflicts

* Terrorism

* Landmines, small arms

* Human trafficking

  • Freedom from want

  • Currency crisis

  • Natural disasters

  • Environmental degradation

  • Infectious disease

  • Poverty

Protection

Empowerment

Freedom to live with dignity


2 japan s efforts to mainstream human security

2. Japan’s Efforts to Mainstream Human Security

(1) Disseminating, mainstreaming human security at the UN

  • Commission on Human Security (CHS); Advisory Board on

    Human Security (ABHS)

  • Inclusion of human security in 2005 outcome document; launch of the Friends of Human Security (FHS)

  • UN secretary-general’s reports on human security

  • General Assembly resolution re common understanding of human security

  • Keeping flame of human security burning; focusing on application of human security in post-2013 development goals; time for implementation


Japan s efforts continued

Japan’s Efforts (continued)

(2) Human security concept in development, humanitarian projects

  • The United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security: ABHS and assessment

  • Japan’s ODA for human security

    (3) Public understanding of human security in Japan

  • Government-sponsored symposiums on human security since 1999

  • From political discourse to academic research and teaching


3 japan s perception of r2p

3. Japan’s Perception of R2P

  • Human security, as distinct from R2P

  • Different understanding of use of force in Barcelona and Madrid reports

  • Use of force as last resort in case of dire need


4 suggestions for japan eu cooperation

4. Suggestions for Japan–EU Cooperation

  • Japan and EU regard human security as policy framework

  • Test case for cooperation in the Horn of Africa

  • Research cooperation to harness policy-level cooperation on human security


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