The United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council and the UN General Assembly adopted the UN Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas (UNDROP) in 2018. The adoption of this new instrument is the result of almost 20 years of mobilization by La Via Campesina and its allies, and six years of official negotiation at the UN Human Rights Council.
As it is now time to take action to put the UNDROP into practice, this conference, co-organized with the Geneva Office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) of the Swiss Government, will focus on the role of UN human rights mechanisms in monitoring its implementation.
Panelists will notably discuss the recommendations made by the Geneva Academy in its Research Brief on the Implementation of the UNDROP (available in English, French and Spanish) and in its Academy Briefing No. 15, The Right to Seeds in Europe, as well as by the Europe – Third World Center (CETIM) in its book on the UN Declaration (also available in English, French and Spanish), all published in 2019.
The conference builds on previous events organized by the same partners, such as a closed expert seminar on the same topic with UN human rights experts in June 2019, and an expert seminar on the role of States, international organizations, civil society organizations and social movements in the implementation of the UN Declaration that took place in October 2018.
Invited participants include representatives of UN treaty bodies, UN special procedure mandate holders, the UN Human Rights Council, UN member states, OHCHR, international organizations, civil society organizations, social movements, and academics.
A cocktail will be served at the end of the conference.
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The 2021 Annual Conference will discuss the connectivity between national human rights actors and the Geneva-based international mechanisms.
This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, will provide participants with an introduction to substantive human rights law. It will start with an introduction to the nature and sources of international human rights law and its place in the international legal system. The course will then provide a presentation of the main principles applicable to substantive rights (jurisdiction, obligation and limitations).
From its adoption to its content and implementation, this training course provides a comprehensive overview of the United Nations Declaration on the rights of peasants, as well as tools to protect and promote the rights of peasants, rural women, fisher, pastoralist and nomadic communities, as well as agricultural workers.
This project examines the relationship between the right to food and gender equality in ensuring food security in the context of land commercialization in two case-study countries, Cambodia and Ghana.
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