What does it mean to be secure? Human security in our region


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"Security" is a preoccupation of many Australians including policy makers. In responding to change and instability in some of our nearest neighbours, Australia has had to reconsider what security really means for the region and the people who live there.

Human security depends on freedom from fear and freedom from want. The traditional tools of 'statecraft' - defence and diplomacy - cannot achieve sustainable security without addressing the challenges of poverty, violence and environmental degradation.

What about human trafficking and transnational crime? Or violence against women and the underrepresentation of women in government? Or the health threats of pandemic disease or poor access to water and sanitation?

Join us to see how we can all work towards human security in our region.


  • Forum Moderator - Eleanor Hall, Presenter The World Today, ABC Radio.
  • Professor Alan Dupont – Director, Centre for International Security Studies, University of Sydney
  • Conny Lenneberg – Director, Policy and Programs, World Vision Australia
  • Professor Dennis Altman – Director, Institute for Human Security, Latrobe University
  • The Hon Bob McMullan MP – Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance
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Sydney Ideas is delighted to be hosting the One Just World Forums at the University of Sydney in 2010.

One Just World is a national series of free, after-work speakers’ forums designed to involve the community in conversation and debate on key international development issues facing Australia, the Asia-Pacific and beyond. Past topics covered reflect the diversity of issues in this area: whether climate change, gender equality, international development, food and nutrition, human rights, or disability and development. All forums feature panel of experts that may include academics, economists, scientists, policy makers, and community workers. And you, the audience, will have an opportunity to put your questions to them.

One Just World a partnership between World Vision Australia, the International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA), AusAID and a University in each state. One Just World was launched in July 2008 at Melbourne’s Federation Square by Bob McMullan, Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance, and has so far held 15 successful forums in capital cities around Australia.

These forums are free, but you can rsvp directly through the One Just World website.

Image courtesy of World Vision c 2010

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