The struggle for just governance demands much of those who take it on. It depends on people of integrity, vision and commitment, who can work cooperatively, develop new structures, build trust between factions, confront corruption, and much else.
The forum on Just Governance for Human Security brings together people active in this struggle from more than 40 countries including diplomats, politicians, journalists, academics and civil society activists. Some come from countries under authoritarian rule, others from emerging or established democracies. Everyone has the opportunity to share their own experience and learn from others. The agenda is shaped by the situations they face.
The focus is on 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 can help trust to grow in situations of intense mistrust? What alternatives can win those attracted to violent extremism?
Workshops offer the opportunity for participants to enhance their skills in negotiation, mediation, cross-cultural teamwork, peacemaking, anti-corruption strategies.The forum will also focus on the wounded memories which, unhealed, undermine every attempt to sustain peace. Many people have found Caux a safe environment in which to bring these wounds into the open, and develop an agenda for healing.
Audience: Those active for just governance at every level including: parliaments and governments, in the media, education, industry, business and civic affairs
Caux Forum for Human Security (2008-2012)
Since 2008, the Caux Forum for Human Security has brought together 300 people active in many aspects of human security – politicians, diplomats, academics, journalists, fieldworkers, business people and artists - to explore the root sources of human security. The Forum aims to build a worldwide coalition of conscience that recognises the importance of building trust among actors at all levels to achieve meaningful change.It promotes a holistic view of human security that focuses on five key themes: just governance, inclusive economics, living sustainably, healing memory and intercultural dialogue. The Forum was envisaged as a five-year program, which came to an end in 2012. In 2013, the themes of the Forum were explored through separate conference sessions throughout the summer in Caux. The Forum was initiated, and is chaired, by Ambassador Mohamed Sahnoun, formerly a Special Advisor to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and is hosted in partnership with Initiatives of Change International and CAUX-Initiatives of Change.