U.N. Senior Adviser to Discuss Human Security Along the Border During UTEP Lecture

A United Nations senior adviser on migration will speak about human security on the border at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6 at the UTEP Union Cinema in Union Building East.

The lecture, titled “Human Security at the Borderlands: Why Should it Matter?” by Senior Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Migration and Development Francois Fouinat, will be free and open to the public.

The lecture will address the importance of engaging in alternative conversations about security policy that center on citizens’ well-being, and on humanizing borders beyond militarization and surveillance.

Fouinat is former executive director to the United Nations Commission on Human Security and is a member of the UN Advisory Board on Human Security.

He has advanced the United Nations’ work in various ways since 2001. As the executive director of the Commission on Human Security (CHS), he managed the work of the commission and supervised the development of its report titled “Human Security Now: Protecting and Empowering People.” As the executive secretary of the Advisory Board on Human Security, he led the board’s initial efforts to promote and disseminate the findings and conclusions of the CHS.

Fouinat has served in his current position since 2006. He has played a central role in the conception and establishment of the Global Forum on Migration and Development, a global governmental process that considers the links between migration and development through dialogue and cooperation.

Fouinat, a retired international civil servant, has represented the United Nations in a number of important humanitarian functions in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe.

The lecture is hosted by UTEP’s Center for Inter-American and Border Studies. For information, contact 915-747-5196 or 915-747-5002, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .