Panel on "Addressing the Multidimensionality of Security to Achieve Agenda 2030"

When :

from Friday 28 September, 2018
to Friday 28 September, 2018

Type of event :

Meeting by Member States or Institutions

Where :

Fukuoka International Congess Center, 2-1 Sekijo-mach, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, Japan

Contact :

Cecilie Golden,

This panel organized jointly by the International Science Council and UNESCO's Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme will consider the concept of security in all its facets, and the need for social science findings to bolster policymaking on security.

It is organized in the context of the 4th World Social Science Forum which will be dedicated to the theme of “Security and Equality for Sustainable Futures” (Fukuoka, Japan, from 25 to 28 September 2018). The Forum is organized by the International Science Council (ISC), under the patronage of UNESCO.

High and increasing insecurities (political, armed conflicts and violence, economic, environmental and social) are both drivers and consequences of other insecurities, and thus hinder the implementation of the cross-cutting Agenda 2030 to “leave no one behind”.

The UN Secretary-General has emphasized the importance of restoring the approach to peace and security within the UN and beyond, and of working to prevent rather than to respond to crises. In contributing to the achievement of the UNSG’s vision of integrating the UN pillars – peace and security; human rights and development – policymakers need to respond to the various challenges in a holistic framework through, inter alia, building on policy relevant research findings - which is what this session will focus on.

Sustainable Development Goal 16 focuses on promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development; providing access to justice to all; and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. All other SDGs are directly or indirectly connected to SDG 16 and multidimensional insecurities. This shows it fundamental importance for the implementation of Agenda 2030 and the UN Charter, including its focus on security.

The wide range of issues related to security encompassed by the SDG 16, which is of particular relevance in a world with increasing geopolitical tensions, and other forms of insecurity (food, work, health, social integration, environmental, etc.) demonstrates the multidimensionality of the concept, which, in a policy-making context, calls for further investigation to ensure that ‘no one is left behind’.

This panel at the WSSF 2018 will consider the concept of security in all its facets, and the need for social science findings to bolster policy-making on security.



Ms Heide Hackmann, Chief Executive Officer, International Science Council


Mr Gudmund Hernes, Researcher at the FAFO Institute in Oslo and Professor at BI Norwegian Business School, Norway, member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of MOST, past Minister of Education and Research as well as past Minister of Health and Social Affairs, Norway, and past President of the International Social Science Council (Title of presentation: “Coping With Complexity: The Joint Challenge for Policy-Making and Social Science in the 21st Century”).

Mr Georg Peter, Head of “Technology Innovation in Security” Unit, Joint Research Centre, European Commission (Title of presentation: “Hybrid Threats: How Inequalities and insecurity can threaten our societies when used in a hybrid attack”.)

Ms Maria Mourani, Québec Government Representative, Counsellor, Permanent Delegation of Canada to UNESCO (Title of presentation: “Policies and Law based on science”.)

Ms Melissa Leach, Geographer and socio-anthropologist, Director of the Institute of Development Studies, Brighton, UK (Title of presentation: “Inclusive Security: Appreciating struggles from below”.)