People, Profits and Peace

A Human Security Approach to Private Sector Peacebuilding and Sustainable Development

How can business work with individuals and communities in areas affected by conflict and crisis and work towards the UN’s Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? Join us for the launch of the Human Security Business Partnership Framework which sets out to answer this question.

Since September 2017, the UN Business and Human Security Initiative, the first major collaboration between LSE IDEAS and the UN, has worked on the development of a Framework of Human Security Business Partnership. The HSBP Framework aims to encourage collaboration between the private sector, the public sector, and civil society and address a wide range of security needs on the ground.

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Event recorded 7 February 2019.


Mary Martin is Director of the UN Business and Human Security Initiative. She was Co-ordinator of the Human Security Study Group 2006-1010, reporting to the High Representative of the European Union. She holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Cambridge. 

Peter Harvey is Managing Director, Closure and Legacy Management at Rio Tinto. Since 1998, Peter has held a variety of roles at Rio Tinto from Exploration and Health Safety Environment and Community (HSEC) to Projects and Operations. Prior to joining Rio Tinto, he worked in a number of sectors including oil and gas, military, remote travel and exploration, living in both Canada and Botswana.

Mehrnaz Mostafavi is the Chief of the Human Security Unit (HSU) at the United Nations. Since joining the HSU, she has been instrumental in establishing the strategic vision of the HSU and its operational activities in over 90 countries. Prior to joining the United Nations, Mehrnaz worked in the corporate multinational sector, as well as academia.

Michael Cox is Director of LSE IDEAS and Emeritus Fellow in International Relations at LSE.