Caux Conference Just Governance for Human Security
Just Governance depends on citizens as much as on governments. That is the concept underlying Human Security, an approach which has been adopted by the UN General Assembly for UN programs worldwide. It puts the individual at the centre of security planning, aiming to meet their basic needs and confront the causes of their fears.
Central to this approach is the struggle for integrity in governance at every level – in parliaments and governments, and in education, industry, business and civic affairs.
Each year Caux conferences bring together people active in this struggle. Some come from countries under authoritarian rule, others from emerging or established democracies.
At Caux everyone has the opportunity to share their own experience, and learn from others. The agenda is shaped by the situations they face.
Caux Conference 2015: Just Governance for Human Security focused on structures of governance, but even more on the human factors.
It recognised that good structures are created by people of integrity, vision and courage.
It also recognised that even the best structures can be corrupted, especially if citizens are apathetic.
The conference was concerned, therefore, with the human factors which enable both leaders and citizens to work effectively towards an inclusive, democratic approach. What does it take to build a strong team? What sustains a person in the struggle to overcome oppression? What skills can help trust to grow in situations of intense mistrust?
HOW THE OBJECTIVES WERE ACHIEVED
Participants of the conference returned to their respective sectors and have initiated work in their countries.
The approach of the forum will be participatory and emergent. Each person brings valuable knowledge and insights to the table, and the interaction between these contributions draws out new directions. Through a combination of short contributions from speakers, interactive plenaries and participatory workshops, we seek to co-create new approaches to national and international challenges.
The approach of the forum was participatory and emergent. Each person brought valuable knowledge and insights to the table, and the interaction between these contributions drew out new directions.
Through a combination of short contributions from speakers, interactive plenaries and participatory workshops, we seek to co-create new approaches to national and international challenges.
'There is a massive trust deficit in the world today. How do we address this?' asked Michael Moller, Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva.
He went on to answer his own question: 'I take inspiration from the ethos which underpins the initiative of Caux - the centrality of the individual. The only way to build trust is between people. Structures are enablers, people are the doers'.
The greatest challenge is having those most crucial to the struggle of human security at the conference; due to security issues and threats in their own country.
From Caux the particpants have gone out with new energy to grapple with the difficult situations they face. In the Sahel, the Chadaians have created a local association, the "Reflection Group for Peace and Development in Chad". Caux groups are emerging in other Sahel countries.
Conflict, corruption, abuse of rights- these are some of the issues that preoccupy their discussions.