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- Dr. Francisco Rojas Aravena, highlighted the inter-relation between inequities, poverty, unemployment, violence and stressed the importance of comprehensive solutions that understand the root causes of violence and crime.
9-10 April 2015. Santiago, Chile - Dr. Francisco Rojas Aravena, Rector of the University for Peace was invited to the Regional Human Security Conference, "The Contribution of the Human Security Approach to the Post-2015 Development Agenda", organized by The Human Security Unit and the Government of Chile, in collaboration with the Latin American Social Sciences Institute (FLACSO-Chile).
The conference raised awareness on the added value of the human security approach in addressing current and emerging challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean. It aimed to promote the usage of the approach as a tool for developing effective policies and programmes by Governments and non-governmental bodies, as well as regional and sub-regional intergovernmental institutions. Furthermore, the meeting provided a forum to exchange views on how human security could be included in the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Over one and a half days, a series of interactive panel discussions stimulated exchanges on the application of human security from the perspective of national and regional planning processes towards current issues relevant to Latin America and the Caribbean, including urban violence and citizen security, public health and the impact of climate change and natural disasters. Lessons learned and best practice examples of national Governments, non-governmental organizations and UN projects funded by the UNTFHS, highlighted ways to apply the human security approach as a people-centered, comprehensive, context-specific and prevention-oriented policy framework and programming tool to address the specific challenges faced in the region.
The conference included the participation of Governments from across the region, United Nations Country Teams in Latin America, international donors and representatives of civil society and academia.
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