People’s movement and local government: A synergy against crises

International Conference on Building Local Initiatives for People's Sovereignty - July 29 2009, Medan

The world is now suffering from multidimensional crises: those of food, energy, climate and finance. While governments must deal with the impact of these crises, the people are the ones who suffer the consequences in their daily lives. These crises show that the global financial system has collapsed, which consequently has adversely affected the capitalist mainstream economy.

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Food Sovereignty: A New Model for a Human Right

Statement by La Vía Campesina and Friends of the Earth International

17th Session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development

On May 4th, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter, highlighted the unique role of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) on the current discussions about the future of agricultural development. His statements were made during a presentation at the 17th session of the Commission, which is focused on Agriculture, Rural Development, Land, Draught, Desertification and Africa.

De Schutter stated that in order for agricultural development to be sustainable, a focus on human rights is essential, and for that reason it is necessary to move towards a model in which the right to adequate food is a human right. This is what the Universal Declaration of Human Rights establishes, as well as the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

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A G8 on agriculture without farmers = more hunger and poverty

Press release - Via Campesina

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(Treviso, 21 April 2009) The first G8 on Agriculture which ended yesterday in Cison di Valmarino produced a final declaration which not only admits its own failures in the past, but previews a future full of contradictions. The G8 will never be able to alleviate hunger in the world by making its decisions behind closed doors, in the absence of the main actors in the global debate on agriculture – the millions of peasants and family farmers, women and men, who feed the world.

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The G8 should clean up their own mess instead of dictating to poor countries what to do


Position Paper - Via Campesina - 17 April 2009

On the 18-21st of April 2009 the governments of the G8 countries will come together in Treviso – Italy for their first meeting on agriculture. The agenda will focus on food security and how the agricultural sector could contribute to a revival of the economy. Besides technical issues, the Doha round, Global Partnership, FAO reform, agro fuels and climate change will also be discussed.

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