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75352 PARIS 07 SP, France


Nurturing the democratic debate.  
20-11-2003 4:45 pm The French version of the Report of the Commission on Human Security* will be launched on November 24 by UNESCO, Presses de Sciences-Po (Institut d’études politiques de Paris) and the Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales (IDDRI) are organizing the launch (6.30 p.m. Room IX).

The report will be presented by Lakhdar Brahimi, the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan and a member of the Commission, with Bernard Kouchner, former United Nations High Representative for Kosovo, and UNESCO Assistant Director-General, Françoise Rivière, representing the Director-General of the Organization. A debate will follow, moderated by Bertrand Badie, Director of Collections at Presses de Sciences-Po, which is publishing the report in French.

The report is the result of the work of the Commission on Human Security established in January 2001 on the initiative of the Japanese government following a call from United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan at the Millennium Summit. The Commission has focused on two major themes: human insecurity resulting from conflicts and violence, and the connections between security and development.

The report puts forward specific recommendations in the following areas: protection of people from violent conflicts and arms proliferation; assistance for the security of migrants and refugees; creation of a fund for human security in post-conflict situations; encouragement of fair trade and markets; efforts to provide minimum living standards everywhere; priority efforts to ensure universal access to basic health care; universal access to basic education.
The Commission on Human Security is chaired by Sadako Ogata, former United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and Amartya Sen, winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for economics. Its ten other members include Bronislaw Geremek, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland; Sonia Picado Sotela, President of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights; Surin Pitsuwan, Member of Parliament and former Minister of Foreign Affairs in Thailand; Peter Sutherland, former Director-General of the GATT and the World Trade Organization; and Albert Tevoedjire, United Nations Special Representative for Côte d’Ivoire.

* La Sécurité humaine maintenant, Presses de Sciences-Po, 320 pp., 21 euros. The report has been published in English and Spanish. The Japanese version will be launched in Japan on December 2.

*Human Security Now is accessible online at www.humansecurity-chs.org

Journalists who would like to attend the launch are kindly asked to register with the
UNESCO Press Service. tel: +33 (0)1 45 68 17 48
For further information tel: 01 45 68 45 53/01 44 39 39 70 - email: peace&security@unesco.org

Source Media advisory No 2003 - 97


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