The Fourth Istanbul Human Security Conference

16 October 2014 - Thursday

The Fourth Istanbul Human Security Conference, “Twenty Years On: Human Security at a Crossroads” took place on 23-24 October 2014.

The Fourth Istanbul Human Security Conference was a unique collaboration between the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) at Coventry University, the United Nations Human Security Unit, the Centre for Strategic Research and Analysis (CESRAN), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Turkey, and the Department of International Relations at Kadir Has University in Istanbul, the host organization.

This year the focus was on the 20th anniversary of human security since its conceptualization by the UNDP report in 1994. The aim of the “20 Years On: Human Security at Crossroads” conference was to provide a forum to critically explore how human security had developed within academic and policy realms and its future trajectories.

Human security is a people-centered approach which recognizes that lasting peace and social justice cannot be achieved unless people are protected from threats to their rights and basic needs. Threats to human security include violence and abuse of human rights, corruption and bad governance, disasters and climate change, and poverty and poor access to basic services.

The conference was organized under four key themes:

  • Critical Perspectives of Human Security
  • Human Security Impact and Policy Implications
  • Local Operationalization of Human Security Agendas
  • Future Trajectories and New Frontiers


You can find more information at the conference website: