In December 2018, the United Nations (UN) Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas (UNDROP) was adopted by the UN General Assembly in New York by a large majority of countries.
This public conference, co-organized with the European Coordination Via Campesina, the European Economic and Social Committee, will discuss the implementation of the UNDROP in Europe and its contribution to the SDGs and the UN Decade of Family Farming. It will also debate its relevance for the European Union (EU) and for the European continent.
Representatives of UN agencies, EU institutions, academics, experts and peasants from Europe will notably:
A detailed agenda of the conference will be available soon.
Registration closes on 26 September 2019.
Our Research Brief The Implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas discusses the roles and responsibilities of governments, parliaments, domestic courts, National Human Rights Institutions, UN specialized agencies, funds and programmes, the UN Human Rights Council, regional organizations and human rights mechanisms, the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and the Committee on World Food Security in implementing the UNDROP. It also stresses that the UNDROP should be mainstreamed into the strategies aimed at achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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