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United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Publishes Contributing Paper by CSG Executive Director Mark Sedra

Updated: Feb 22

The paper, titled A People-Centered Approach to Security seeking conceptual clarity to guide UN policy development, was developed with support from UNDP and Sweden's Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA). It is intended to serve as a starting point for a wider dialogue within the UN system and beyond about how the People-Centreed Security (PCS) concept can be better operationalized in the field. The paper explores the challenges of implementing a PCS approach in line with the vision of the UN Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG-16) on Peace Justice and Strong Institutions . It breaks down and explains the various subsidiary concepts that have grown out of PCS thinking and been mainstreamed in it. Obstacles to the realization of PCS programming are also explored with some preliminary thoughts on how they can be overcome. The paper shows that while there are many challenges to the application of the PCS approach, it remains the best tool available to realize the ambitious vision of SDG-16 and the SDG-16+ roadmap.

The People-Centered Approach to Security
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