In 2019, major milestones in the trajectory of Human Security at the United Nations were achieved. It marked 25 years since its introduction by the 1994 UNDP Human Development Report (HDR). It was also the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS), which has been instrumental in developing the concept of Human Security into an operational framework. 

In 2020, COVID-19 swept across the globe, exacting health, economic and social costs in every country with vulnerable groups bearing the brunt of its impacts. The pandemic underlined the limitations of prevailing paradigms to effectively manage today’s complex crises, and resulted in a resurgence of interest in Human Security as a valuable framework for placing sustained improvements in all dimensions of people’s lives as the foundation for thriving, stable and inclusive societies.
This survey is being conducted by the World Academy of Art & Science  in collaboration with World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (WANGO) on behalf of the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security. As Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) are often at the frontlines supporting communities facing complex development and humanitarian challenges, including COVID-19, the aim of the survey is to gather information from  NGOs to assess the value of the Human Security approach for supporting their work, as well as particular areas in which it can be useful moving forward. The findings of the survey will inform ongoing high-level discussions at the United Nations on how best to position human security to support the work of the Organization. Inputs from the survey will also contribute to developing a global campaign in 2021-2022, which will aim to raise awareness of and support for human security.

The survey respondents are NGOs’ senior staff presently associated with or interested to explore the value of Human Security activities at the local, national, regional and international levels. Separate surveys will be sent to UN Member States, UN entities, as well as Parliamentarians and Academic/Research Institutions working on Human Security.
Should you have any questions when completing this survey, please contact We look forward to receiving your completed survey at your earliest convenience, but no later than 28 February 2021.
The data from this survey will be collated without attribution of comments to particular persons/NGOs, etc. Survey responses are intended to reflect the view of individual persons engaged in work related to Human Security and need not necessarily represent those of the NGOs.
The survey consists of a set of questions subdivided into 5 sections. You can return to the survey to make additions or modifications any time before pressing the final SUBMIT button on the last page. Your answers will be preserved and accessible so long as you access the survey through the same device as used initially to log in to it.