This chapter introduces the concept of human security and relates the concept to the basic goods approach. It considers the widespread nature of human security deprivation and the consequent negative impacts for well-being and safety. The chapter examines the right to human security and the central role of this right within the United Nations system of human rights. It considers the related concepts of the right to protect and humanitarian space, the many causes of human insecurity, the contribution of the drug and arms trade to human insecurity, and the various kinds of costs and impacts of human insecurity. It concludes with a brief consideration of various means to better provide human security services.
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