Chile took over the annual Presidency of the "Human Security Network" of the United Nations for the period 2013-2014. The Permanent Representative of our country to the United Nations, Ambassador Octavio Errázuriz, received the position from Jordan, who led this body last year.
Chile is part of this Network since 1999 and it was its turn to chair it in 2010; however, this was postponed due to the earthquake of February 27 of that year. The challenges of Chile by assuming this position are to contribute to the effective implementation of the Human Security concept, both at a national level and on the international agenda.
Chile has been an active promoter of human security in the context of international relations, and as such, it has incorporated it among the principles that guide the design and implementation of its foreign policy. Indeed, Chile's turn to lead the Network came previously, between May 2001 and July 2002, at the time when the Fourth Ministerial Meeting was organized in Santiago, which had as main topics for discussion: The Perspective of Human Security in Public Policies on Security, Education for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law.
The Human Security Network of the UN was created in May 1999 and is composed of Austria, Costa Rica, Slovenia, Greece, Ireland, Jordan, Norway, Switzerland, Thailand, Panama and South Africa participating as an observer. The network seeks to guide States to adopt comprehensive, people-centered measures aimed at the prevention and treatment of new global threats, based in that governments hold the primary role of ensuring the survival, livelihoods and dignity of its citizens.