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Nairobi: Via Campesina mobilise around UNCTAD 14th Session

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Nairobi, 20 July 2015

La Via Campesina joins other social movements in Nairobi to mobilise around the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) 14th Session. The session started in Nairobi, Kenya, from 17 to 22 July 2016 under theme: From decision to action: Moving towards an inclusive and equitable global economic environment for trade and development.

As UNCTAD set the parameters for its work over the next four years, we call upon the governments to consider that this agenda should not widen further the opening of developing countries markets for corporate gains. It should be about what millions of peasants, family farmers and women and youth want: access to reliable and remunerative markets for their produce and policies that promote local food procurement which benefits the local farmers and create employment. Food sovereignty should be the guiding principle to realise a development agenda that is based on justice, fairness and equity to address persistent and emerging economic challenges.

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LVC Declaration on Trade, Markets and Development

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“Food Sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems. It puts the aspirations and needs of those who produce, distribute and consume food at the heart of food systems and policies rather than the demands of markets and corporations.” Nyeleni Declaration on Food Sovereignty (Mali, 2007)

(Nairobi, July 19, 2016) In the context of the Fourteenth Session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) scheduled for 17–22 July 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya, we of La Vía Campesina reiterate our commitment to Food Sovereignty and the Right to Food as well as our resolve to put an end to neoliberalism’s so-called “free trade paradigm” and “market-driven development” schemes that serve only to consolidate corporate control over our food systems. As a UN body, we expect UNCTAD and its member states to prioritize democratic and participatory processes aimed at policies that successfully promote food sovereignty. UNCTAD should not be used to promote the very same Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), including the European Union’s Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) in Africa, that one after another have resulted in more hunger, poverty, and exclusion for people around the world.

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NFU Action alert: Trans Pacific Partnership input deadline coming soon

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The federal government wants your input on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) by June 30. You can send your message to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and also to the International Trade Minister This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Opposition critics This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (NDP),  Hon. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Conservative), and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Green) and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade.

Please share this call to action with others so they can help protect family farms and farmers' livelihoods in Canada.

Trade deals like TPP are only superficially about trade – they are ultimately designed to limit the authority of national governments over their own economies and to expand the scope and power of multinational corporations. These deals contain ratchet mechanisms, such as Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS), that make it difficult, if not impossible, for countries to reclaim democratic control in the future. If Canada adopts the TPP our overnment will give much of its power to control important areas of public policy to the multinational corporations that benefit from the TPP's rules.

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TTIP and CETA: We won't let them trade us away

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Brussels 15 June 2016

Since the early days of the WTO, agriculture has been one of the hottest potatoes in trade talks. Agribusiness and other corporate lobby groups use trade agreements to increase their market access and profits. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) as well as its "sister" CETA (Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement) are an assault on sustainable farming on both sides of the Atlantic. TTIP and CETA will affect food safety, animal welfare and environmental protection, lead to further intensification and corporate concentration of agriculture and threaten peasants' survival as well as citizens' health.

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