The world can be at peace only when people have security in their daily lives. Today we live in a multi-polar and highly independent world as the Cold War Era came to a close. Conflicts are increasingly more often within nations than between them, with their origins buried deep in growing socio-economic deprivation and disparities. Accordingly, the search for human security lies in development, not in arms.*
*An Agenda for the Social Summit, UNDP, 1994
Human security encompasses both “freedom from fear” and “freedom from want,” and integrates human development into the seven dimensions of security: economic, food, health, environmental, personal, community, and political (UNDP). Also, threats to human security may, as demonstrated by the Fukushima disaster of 2011, integrate the multiple levels of individual, state and global societies. Accordingly, a set of processes and systems are required to coordinate diverse state or non-state actors, in different areas and multi-levels, pursuing shared goals.
At EDR, we believe that human nature is identical across the world, and that it is fundamentally good and rational so that social progress and conflict resolution are possible through cooperation and institution. We also believe that certain values are universally applicable to everyone in the global society. For example, human rights are important to everyone and applicable to every society, regardless of nationality, culture or religion. So is human security.
We are committed to helping create a global community where anyone can achieve his or her dream and live in harmony through human security education. EDR aspires to take the leadership in building a global community of like-minded individuals and organizations from academia, governments, inter-governmental organizations, businesses and NGOs as well as designing and implementing projects and programs for human security education for teachers and students.
Projects & Programs
- Recent publications by EDR Leadership Team member In-Kyu Park
- A Paper on Inequality in Educational Opportunities caused by Cultural and Language Barriers (pending)
- EDR Director to Present at 2015 ISA Annual Convention in New Orleans (February 2015)
- Human Security & Global Peace Lecture Series (January 2014)
- Saitama University International Symposium (December 2013)