Just Governance for Human Security 2017

04-09 July 2017

Addressing extremes of all kinds



Human Security has been described by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan as “Freedom from want, freedom from fear, and the freedom of future generations to inherit a healthy natural environment”[1] .

It depends on decisions made by those in power, diplomats, the media, academics and educators, industrialists and civil and social actors, but it also depends on each and every one of us. The global rise of extremes of all kinds puts this human security at risk.

This event is for anyone seeking inspiration to make fresh steps towards hope. An opportunity to work together to advance human security, to connect, and to discuss the best ways to deal with conflict, division, counter-extremism and other challenges. From informal chats to high-level discussions, we’ll be tackling key concerns, such as how we can heal what we call ‘wounded memories’, so the residue of unresolved conflicts or perceived injustice can be stopped from undermining attempts to sustain peace.

So come and share your own experience, learn from others, and be inspired to take action, as we respond to the human security challenges we face at every level of society across the world.

[1] Kofi Annan, Kofi Annan. “Secretary-General Salutes International Workshop on Human Security in Mongolia.” Two-Day Session in Ulaanbaatar, May 8-10, 2000. Press Release SG/SM/7382.


Topics will include:

  • Good governance
  • Care for refugees
  • Sustainable living
  • Inclusive economics
  • Food security
  • Healing memory
  • Trust building
  • Addressing root causes of extremism

This event will offer:

  • Plenaries exploring the main theme and the Six Pillars on Human Security
  • Interactive workshops to enhance negotiation, mediation, cross-cultural teamwork and peacemaking skills
  • Group discussions between people of widely different backgrounds
  • Focused high-level dialogues
  • humansecurityX: a training and development opportunity to face today’s global challenges


  • Pierre Krähenbühl (Switzerland) - UNRWA Commissioner-General
  • Christian Picciolini (USA) - award-winning television producer, an author, and a reformed extremist
  • Haydee Dijkstal (The Hague, Netherlands) - attorney practicing international criminal law and human rights law before international criminal tribunals, regional human rights court and domestic courts
  • Susan Savage (USA) - Tulsa’s first female and longest tenured Mayor
  • John Carlisle (United Kingdom) - economist, additionally, he acted as personal adviser to UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on organisational best practice and was a member of the Cabinet Office Government Construction Strategy Procurement Commission.
  • Jean-Pierre Méan (Switzerland) - lawyer, currently chairing a working group following up on the implementation of the standard
  • Rado Harilala Razafindrakoto (Madagascar) - Financial Inclusion Specialist working at the National Coordination of Inclusive Finance within the Ministry of Finance and Budget in Madagascar
  • Kristin Weis (USA) - specialist in sustainable development and peacebuilding professional working to improve how we use and conserve the natural environment
  • Aurora Martin (Romania) - Senior Advisor in International Relations for the Romanian Government and Parliament
  • John W. Franklin (USA) - Senior Manager in the Office of External Affairs at the National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian
  • Paul Turner (South Africa/USA) - Senior Conflict Advisor at Creative Associates International 
  • Dr. Muna Ismail (Somalia/UK) - Programme Manager for Initiatives of Change in the UK
  • Jean-Paul Samputu (Rwanda) - Remarkable Rwandan man who experienced and survived the Rwandan genocide in 1994. Singer and song-writer he tours the world with a powerful message of love, forgiveness and reconciliation
  • Letlapa Mphalele (South Africa) - former President of the Pan Africanist Congress (2006, 2008) and was Director of Operations of APLA (Azanian Peoples Liberation Army) during Apartheid. Letlapa is a published poet and philosopher.
  • Shalisa Hayes (USA) - founder of the Billy Ray Shirley III Foundation in Tacoma
  • Murat Sartas (Rwanda) - He currently works as innovation system scientist in the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and Knowledge, Technology and Innovation group of Wageningen University (WUR)
  • Matthew Neuhaus (Australia) - He is acting First Assistant Secretary, Middle East and Africa Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
  • Farai Maguwu (Zimbabwe) - founding Director of the Centre of Natural Resource Governance (CNRG)
  • David Chikvaidze (Switzerland/Georgia) - Chef de Cabinet of the Director-General at the UN Office in Geneva
  • Catalina Quiroz Niño (Spain/UK) - co-project manager of the Erasmus + “Migrants and Refugees as Re-Builders” project led by Initiatives of Change UK with Sweden, Spain and Turkey
  • Dr Carl Stauffer (USA) - Associate Professor of Justice and Development Studies at the Centre for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University
  • Anjum Asra Ali (Pakistan/USA) - Former professor of Islamic Studies. She conducts workshops and facilitation training domestically and internationally
  • Vanessa Adams-Harris (USA) - She has over 25 years of theatre experience as an artist, actor, director, workshop facilitator and playwright
  • Carol Mottet (Switzerland) - She currently is the Senior Advisor in the Human Security Division in the Swiss FDFA
  • Ziad Fouad Saab (Lebanon) - president of Fighters for Peace in Lebanon
  • Aleksandra Shymina (UK) - currently acts as Knowledge Manager at Initiatives of Change UK in London

What past participants say:

"The Just Governance for Human Security conference was unique in its ability to bring together diversity or cultural and professional backgrounds to tackle contemporary challenges. The unparalleled sense of community at this conference, allows for unfiltered and respectful dialogue.  The spirit of camaraderie among participants gives me hope that just governance is achievable within our lives."

Dr Edward Mabaya, Assistant Director of the Cornell Institute for Food and Agricultural Development

"I came to Caux without much understanding about what to expect. I was inspired, moved and energized. The topics were challenging, but the collection of the great minds and those eager to listen more than speak, created opportunities for insights and life-changing action."

Susan Savage, Former Mayor of Tulsa, Oklahoma 


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