Human Security, Human Development and the Millenium Development Goals

Bo Asplund, Romeo A. Reyes


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The safety from chronic threats such as hunger, malnutrition, disease and repression, also protection from sudden and hurtful disruptions in the patterns or routine of daily life are two main aspects of human security in UNDP’s view. Human security is distinct and should not be confused with the traditional concept of national securiy. Human security is linked to human development, development that is people-centered, inclusive, equitable and sustainable, for the simple reason that the latter leads to the former. If human development is the road to human security, then the MDGs are the road map guiding countries in their journey. The MDGs consists on several points, as follows: eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, achieve universal primary education, promote gender equability and empower women, reduce child mortality, improve maternal health, combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, ensure enviromental sustainability, and last is developing a global partnership for development. There are several important stages for Indonesia’s journey to reach a human security stage.

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