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Forum Examines How to Balance Human Security, Prosperity in Age of Globalization

The forces of globalization are bringing down social and economic barriers around the world, leading to greater economic prosperity for some, financial hardship for others, and an increased threat to human security around the world. The co-chairs of the Commission on Human Security, Amartya Sen and Sadako Ogata, discuss ways to ensure human rights and economic prosperity in the age of globalization at a forum sponsored by SIPA's East Asia Institute.

Amartya Sen
Amartya Sen

Amartya Sen, Nobel Laureate and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, and co-chair of the Commission on Human Security, discusses human security and globalization, saying that human security goes beyond poverty and inequality, and fits into the broad vehicle of human rights. While globalization is one of the greatest sources of wealth, as economies rise together during prosperous times, there is no global equity to provide security when economies begin to fall.

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Sadako Ogata
Sadako Ogata

Sadako Ogata, former United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and co-chair of the Commission on Human Security, says that inequality among groups over time leads to violence and humanitarian and political crisis. The Commission is considering a two-pronged approach to threats to human security: protection -- early warning, judicial and institutional set-ups and providing for basic human needs -- and empowerment.

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Shot: Mar 27, 2002
Published: Apr 25, 2002
Last modified:Sep 18, 2002