The Secure Scotland Seminar was held between the 16th and 18th April 2019 at Allanton Peace Sanctuary in Dumfries. The purpose of the seminar was to conceptualise a vision of security with which Scotland could challenge the dominance of a state-centric and heavily militarised approach to security, prioritise human security and promote international relations based on peace, justice and respect.
The Secure Scotland Seminar had three key aims:
Identify cross-party legislation to increase security in Scotland
Take practical actions to improve the wellbeing of the majority
Reclaim, name and highlight real security needs of Scotland
After three days of discussions, participants agreed that a gender-sensitive approach towards security form must be applied, guided by five themes of: climate and the environment; inequality; education; militaries; and Scotland’s contribution to the international community.
The work of the Secure Scotland Seminar promotes the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), primarily SDG 16 for Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, but also SDGs 1 (No Poverty), 2 (Zero Hunger) and 5 (Gender Equality).
The full event report can be downloaded here.