The United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) and the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS) today launched the Arabic, French and Spanish versions of their joint Human Security: From Principles to Practice course. The announcement represents a trailblazing effort by two entities that share a commitment to raising awareness about the human security approach and how it can be applied to develop policies and programmes to address the complex challenges of the 21st century.

Launched in 2021, the English version of the e-course has welcomed over 1,500 participants who are working to solve some of the world’s most pressing issues.

Mehrnaz Mostafavi, Chief of the Human Security Unit remarked that “at the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, governments from every region of the world underlined how enduring and new global challenges are testing people, the planet and the international order in unprecedented ways. In this context, human security is a useful framework for advancing new ways of partnering and developing people-driven, integrated and forward-looking solutions commensurate to the complex, interconnected challenges of today and tomorrow. It is our hope that by expanding access to the e-course with the new language versions will enable more partners to apply the human security approach in their work as we galvanize momentum to deliver on the SDGs and prevent complex crises that so often derail peace and development progress.”

Alessandro Prisi, Associate Expert at the United Nations System Staff College, noted that “peace and development practitioners require tools such as the human security framework to better address the most pressing needs and vulnerabilities facing people across the globe. Through this strategic partnership with the UNTFHS, we hope to strengthen efforts to promote strategies that enable early action, reduce vulnerability and build resilience through inclusive and participatory processes that leave no one behind.”

The free self-paced course is immediately accessible on UNSSC’s state-of-the-art e-Lounge online learning platform. It combines dynamic learning methods with interesting case study applications broken down into six easy-to-follow modules that participants can complete at their own pace. This announcement is a major step forward as both entities work to provide learning that inspires us all to act to ensure that people's safety, livelihoods and dignity are prioritized in policies and programmes to advance sustainable and inclusive peace and development.

Interested individuals are encouraged to register for the course by visiting

Short overview modules on the human security concept (module 1) and operational approach (module 2) are also available on the Human Security Unit website.



The United Nations System Staff College is the learning organization of the United Nations system. Headquartered in Turin, Italy with a Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development in Bonn, Germany, UNSSC provides high-quality and effective learning, training and knowledge management to empower UN staff and partner organizations with the knowledge and skills to support the UN system and Member States to achieve a better future for all.


About the Human Security Unit

The Human Security Unit is the focal entity on human security at the United Nations and manages the UN Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS). A pioneer of integrated programming, the UNTFHS is an essential and powerful instrument for the UN system and its partners. The Fund’s distinct contribution lies in its 20 plus year track record of delivering tangible improvements in people’s daily lives. The UNTFHS works closely with diverse partners from across the UN system, governments, regional intergovernmental organizations, civil society, academia and the private sector to foster collaboration to tackle current and emerging challenges of the 21st century with people at the heart of its actions.