ITPGRFA: Our Rights are the only hope against the confiscation of all Seeds by Multinational Patents
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ITPGRFA: Our Rights are the only hope against the confiscation of all Seeds by Multinational Patents

This article was first published on La Via Campesina’s website on September 16 2022. You can find it here. The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture – commonly known as the “Seed Treaty” – is due to meet its Governing Body of 144 member states in New Delhi from 19-25 September…

UNDROP: UN experts call for action ahead of fourth anniversary
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UNDROP: UN experts call for action ahead of fourth anniversary

Source: https://www.ohchr.org/en/statements/2022/12/un-declaration-rights-peasants-un-experts-call-action-ahead-anniversary GENEVA (16 December 2022) – Despite recognition that peasants and rural workers are essential to providing everyone food and protecting the planet’s biodiversity, the world has treated them as expendable, UN experts said today. Ahead of the 17 December anniversary of the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and…

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and other People Working in Rural Areas (UNDROP Presentation 1/3)
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The UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and other People Working in Rural Areas (UNDROP Presentation 1/3)

The UN Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas (UNDROP) has been adopted in 2018, after almost 20 years of mobilization by La Via Campesina and its allies, and 6 years of negotiation at the UN Human Rights Council and General Assembly. It has been adopted to protect the…

Other International Instruments on Peasants’ Rights (UNDROP Presentation 2/3)
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Other International Instruments on Peasants’ Rights (UNDROP Presentation 2/3)

The UNDROP is based on a number of other international instruments, including (1) international human rights instruments, (2) the Convention on Biological Diversity and its Protocols, and (3) the Plant Treaty. 1. INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS INSTRUMENTS Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) has been adopted in 1948. In…

United Nations sources on Peasants’ Rights (UNDROP Presentation 3/3)
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United Nations sources on Peasants’ Rights (UNDROP Presentation 3/3)

In addition to international instruments, a number of other UN sources are important for peasants’ rights, including (1) the UN Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF) 2019-2028, (2) FAO instruments (6), and (3) UN Committee on World Food Security instruments. 1. UN DECADE OF FAMILY FARMING (2019-2028) In 2017, the UN General Assembly unanimously proclaimed the…

Implementing the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) in light of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas (UNDROP)
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Implementing the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) in light of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas (UNDROP)

The more a seed system recognizes and supports farmers as stewards of aseed system for all of humankind, the more this system fulfils people’s human rights. M. Fakhri, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

1st anniversary of the UNDROP – Joint statement by UN human rights experts*
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1st anniversary of the UNDROP – Joint statement by UN human rights experts*

The need to take steps to implement the UN Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas Source: https://www.ohchr.org/en/statements/2019/12/joint-statement-un-human-rights-experts-1st-anniversary-adoption-un-declaration 17 December 2019 The following joint statement has been made by a group of United Nations human rights experts* to mark the 1st anniversary of the adoption of the UN Declaration…