Project Announcements ∵ the YEARBOOK of polar law X (2018) 477–480 Executive Summary of the HuSArctic Conference Outcomes Helsinki, Finland, October 23–27, 2018 Editor: Joëlle Klein* 1 Background The concept of human security widens the scope of security studies and replaces the traditional focus on the state as referent object with individuals and their communities. It seeks to ensure societal well-being by addressing threats to the community, personal, political, economic, health, food and envi- ronmental dimensions of security. The Arctic encompasses a broad geograph- ic region and, despite its common representation as a barren, uninhabitable frontier, is home to vibrant societies comprised of diverse communities (in- cluding indigenous peoples), connected and shaped through regional histories of colonialism, globalisation, and international cooperation. As such, securi- ty in the Arctic is conceivable through its human aspects and the structures that support its societal functions. Identifying and achieving human security in the Arctic requires a broad understanding of the region as comprising com- munities undergoing rapid changes under unique social, political, environ- mental and economic conditions. The final conference of the four-year long HuSArctic research project (Human security as a promotional tool for societal security in the Arctic) brought together expert practitioners
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