The development of the human security approach has been driven by the urgency to better respond to people's needs in a world of complex and multi-dimensional challenges.

Human security emphasizes that the survival, livelihood and dignity of people are the fundamental basis for national, regional and international peace and development. The human security approach offers a practical framework to develop integrated policies and programmes to prevent, mitigate and respond to complex challenges and their multidimensional impacts in a manner that is people-centred, comprehensive, context-specific and prevention-oriented.



Upon completion of the self-paced course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand human security, its operational principles, and its added value as an operational framework well-suited to today’s complex and interconnected challenges.
  • Apply the human security approach to design integrated policies and programmes.
  • Use or adapt tools to advance localized and disaggregated analyses for a deeper understanding of persistent and emerging risks challenging the survival, livelihood and dignity of people.
  • Promote strategies that enable early action, reduce vulnerability and build resilience through inclusive and participatory processes that leave no one behind.
  • Benefit from lessons learned and good practices based on the wealth of experience from the UN Trust Fund for Human Security.

Course Methodology

Course Methodology: 

This self-paced course combines dynamic learning methods with a case study application broken down into six easy-to-follow modules.

The course is hosted on the UNSSC online learning platform, eLounge, which allows participants a high degree of flexibility to access content at their own pace, from anywhere and at any time.

Course Contents

Course Contents: 

Module 1: Understanding the human security approach provides an overview of the human security concept, its operational principles and its value to help address complex crises such as COVID-19.

Module 2: Getting started with human security programming offers a short overview of the different phases of the human security approach to develop integrated policies and programmes

Modules 3 and 4: Analyzing complex challenges through the human security lens introduces the rationale and steps to undertake a human security situational analysis as well as a mapping of needs, vulnerabilities and capacities.

Module 5: Designing a human security programme introduces the rationale and steps to develop collective outcomes and build human security protection and empowerment strategies

Module 6: Implementing a human security programme highlights key considerations to ensure participatory and integrated implementation of policies and programmes that are guided by human security principles.

Target Audience

Target Audience: 

UN staff as well as practitioners and representatives from governments, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, civil society and academia.

Cost of participation

Cost of participation: 

Thanks to the generous support from the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS), there are no fees for this course.

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