Human Security: You and I Matter

Panel Discussion

Human Security: You and I Matter

11:15 – 12:45, Hotel Golf, Libertas Hall

Keynote address: Mr Yasuhisa Shiozaki, Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan


  • Sir Fazle Abed, Chairperson of BRAC, Bangladesh
  • Ambassador Damjan Bergant, Director of ITF Enhancing Human Security, Slovenia
  • Mr Michel Chikwanine, Student at University of Toronto and Motivational Speaker, Canada
  • Ms Montserrat Feixas Vihé, UNHCR Regional Representative for Central Europe
  • H. E. Mr Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka


Moderated by: Mr Matjaž Kovačič, Member of the Advisory Board on Human Security, United States of America

Most often political discussions are dominated by talks of national security and the states’ military capabilities in the event of armed conflicts and terrorist attacks. Security is therefore primarily perceived in terms of threats to the state, and not to the individual. Within this perception, many other factors threatening the lives of individuals and consequently the security of states are frequently ignored. Lasting peace and security cannot be achieved without adequate protection of individuals’ human rights and their protection against other threats to which they are exposed at home, within their community, their state and globally. The panel will therefore deal with human security, focussing on the individual, and highlight various factors threatening the individual both in terms of the developmental and security aspects and human rights protection.

To download the panel discussion backgrounder and guiding questions click here.