Human Security: Causes, Effects, & How We Respond

We’re very excited this year to address an increasingly vital paradigm in international policy and academics. Human security examines a prescriptive approach to how national and inter-national security is achieved through the application of universal rights and freedoms.

This year’s conference will examine the multi-dimensional threads of human security with a valuable selection of student presentations and lectures by some of the leading minds of today and the next generation of thinkers and activists.

Full registration details can be found on the conference registration form, which you can download from this website. Registration is available up until arrival for the conference in January 2010.

Presented Topics:

Africa & Climate Change: The Realities of Climate Change’s Implications – Paving the way to Copenhagen

Emerging Biotechnology and the Impact on Canadian Society and Law

Covert Intelligence and the Palestine-Israel Conflict

Understanding Feminicide: Guatemala – Exploring the Connection between Genocide and Feminicide

Pentacostalism as a Response to Women’s Insecurity

Don’t Shoot Me with My Kalashnikov: The Portayal of Child Soldiers in Media

The full schedule is available here.


This year will feature an address by former UN Deputy Secretary General Louise Fréchette about Canada’s role in promoting human security. Madame Louise Fréchette is a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation of Waterloo, Ontario where she chairs a project on Nuclear energy and the challenges of global governance. She currently serves on the Advisory Committee to the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament.

From 1998 to 2006, Madame Fréchette was Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. The first incumbent of the post, she assisted Secretary-General Kofi Annan in the full range of his responsibilities. Prior to this, Madame Fréchette pursued a career in the Public Service of Canada, serving notably as Ambassador to Argentina and Uruguay (1985-1988), Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations (1992-1994), Associate Deputy Minister of Finance (1995) and Deputy Minister  of National Defence (1995-1998).

Our keynote speaker, Nigel Martin, Co-founder and CEO of the Montreal International Forum will also be speaking on civil society’s role in human security and will conduct a special seminar on being a career global activist.

The Montreal International Forum (FIM) was established in 1998 as an international NGO think tank. FIM’s mission statement is as follows: FIM believes that the stated goals of the UN are beyond reasonable reproach and that the challenge of FIM is to assist meaningfully in bringing them to fruition. FIM believes that transparent and democratically accountable multilateralism offers the best hope for Global Governance. In order to best meet this challenge FIM endeavours to strengthen the influence of the voice of Southern civil society within civil society in all debates and activities affecting global governance.

<!–[if !mso]> <! st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } –> From 1998 to 2006, Madame Fréchette was Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. The first incumbent of the post, she assisted Secretary- General Kofi Annan in the full range of his responsibilities. Prior to this, Madame Fréchette pursued a career in the Public Service of Canada, serving notably as Ambassador to Argentina and Uruguay (1985-1988) , Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations (1992-1994), Associate Deputy Minister of Finance (1995) and Deputy Minister  of National Defence (1995-1998).