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Specific rights for peasants are also important for European farmers

Contribution of the European Coordination Via Campesina to the Open-ended intergovernmental working group on a United Nations declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas.

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The CAP, a European specificity
(Geneva, July 15, 2013) The European Union has the distinction of having over 50 years of a strong Common Agriculture Policy. Implemented in the 60s, it was initially meant to ensure food bself-sufficiency of the people. This was achieved by ensuring to farmers remunerative prices for the main products, by protecting the domestic market. This pricing policy was accompanied by a modernization of agriculture, with restructuring and facilities for older farmers to leave the land to younger farmers.

The principles of this policy have changed dramatically in the 90s with the creation of the WTO, globalization and the implementation of neo-liberal policies. Prices should be aligned with world prices and thus provide the food industry with cheap raw materials.

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Let us work for the best of our world.

Statement by Mr. Henry Saragih to the Open-ended intergovernmental working group on a United Nations declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas

 (Geneva, Palais des Nations, Room X, First session, 15 – 19 July 201)

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 Distinguished Delegates of the working group, Distinguished Panelists, Ladies and Gentlemen,

There is a strong reason for us to welcome this working group. This working group, first and foremost, is a testament that international cooperation is really needed in addressing challenges of today’s world. Member states, various organisations representing peasants and other people working in rural areas, research organisations, academia, institutions representing different tasks of United Nations, all put forward their time and energy to develop international cooperation for the future of promotion and protection of human rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas.

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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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