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Mini ministerial in Delhi: Letter to the trade ministers

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To all Ministers invited to the next mini•ministerial in New Delhi,
copy To Mr Pascal Lamy – General Director of WTO
copy to Ambassador David Walker, Chairman of the Special Session of Committee on Agriculture.

La Via Campesina, an International movement of peasants, small and medium-size farmers, landless, rural women, indegenous people, rural youth and agricultural workers, would like to deliver a message from the grassroots to the mini-ministerial meeting that will be held in New Delhi on September 3-4.

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Milk : Via Campesina proposes ways out of the global crisis

PRESS RELEASE

(Jakarta/Brussels, 1 September 2009) Around the world the price of milk at the farm gate has dropped dramatically (1), threatening to put millions of producers out of business. As a result, milk producers have been protesting in many parts of the world. Since the beginning of the year, thousand from Via Campesina member organisations have joined protests in Brussels and Strasburg (EU), Madrid, Berlin, Galicia, France, Belgium, Germany, Portugal, Switzerland, Indonesia, Dominican Republic, and all across the United States.

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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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