Geneva, an effective tool in the fight against poverty and inequality

Oral statement of Centre Europe Tiers Monde to open-ended intergovernmental working group on a united nations declaration on the rights of peasants and Other People Living in Rural Areas

Madame Chair,

(Geneva, 17 July 2013) Famine and malnutrition continue to gain ground throughout the world, and we have known for several years that the Millennium Development Goals will not be reached in 2015. Worse, 80% of more than a billion persons suffering from hunger and malnutrition live in rural areas and are food producers, as both the Advisory Committee study and FAO reports point out.

Although the causes of this intolerable situation are perfectly well known, most governments and international financial and trade institutions continue to promote a development model that is destructive on the environmental, social and economic level.

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UN holds the first Intergovernmental Working Group on the Rights of Peasants

Press release - La Via Campesina

(Jakarta, 13 July 2013) The international peasant's movement La Via Campesina will be attending the upcoming United Nations Intergovernmental Working Group on the human rights of peasants held in Geneva from 15 to 19 July 2013. La Via Campesina and other social movements took the initiative to promote the rights of peasants in the United Nations in 2001 because of peasants’ long history of discrimination and violations of their basic rights. The international peasant's movement has continued to pursue the recognition and further protection of those rights until it was formally recognised and admitted by the UN Human Rights Council during the course of 2008-2012.

A highly significant Resolution of the UN Human Rights Council in 2012 (A/HRC/RES/21/19) stipulated the process to discuss a new instrument for the rights of the world’s estimated 1.2 billion peasants and other people working in rural areas. The Resolution is crucial in light of peasants’ key role for food production — and also in the wake of contemporary challenges such as growing conflicts and grabbings over land and water, and also price of food and climate crises.

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Rights and Repression. Nyeleni newsletter n°14 now on line


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