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10 December 2021, 09:15-15:15


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Putting Peasants Rights Into Practice


Rice farmers in India Rice farmers in India

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas (UNDROP) was adopted three years ago by the UN General Assembly.

Based on our study Switzerland’s Foreign Policy and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants (available in English, French and German), this event – co-organized with HEKS/EPER and the Swiss NGOs coalition ‘The Friends of the Declaration’ – will discuss proposals to guide Swiss governmental and civil society activities so that they implement the rights enshrined in UNDROP through their international engagement.


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Read the 2021 HEKS/EPER Land Forum report which presents the highlights of the discussions.



Study findings “Switzerland’s foreign policy and the UN declaration on the rights of peasants”

Presentation of key findings of the study: “Switzerland’s foreign policy and the United Nations declaration on the rights of peasants”
- Caroline Dommen, Independent Expert on Sustainable Development Law, Policy and Practice
- Christophe Golay, Senior Research Fellow and Strategic Advisor on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Geneva Academy

More information: heks.ch/landforum

Putting peasants rights into practice - Key Messages

Key messages:
- Michael Fakhri, Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, UN Human Rights
- Morgane Ody, General Coordinator, La Via Campesina
- Tatiana Oliveira, INESC, Brazil
- Vanessa Renfer, Uniterre

Putting peasants rights into practice - Panel Discussion

Panel discussion: How can we put the recommendations into practice?
- Carlo Sommaruga, Lawyer, State Councillor for the Social Democratic Party (SP)
- Christine Schneeberger, Deputy Head Global Cooperation, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
- Benjamin Müller, Deputy Head of the Human Rights Policy Office, Swiss Ministry for Foreign Affairs (FDFA)
- Markus Schlagenhof, Ambassador, Delegate of the Federal Council for Trade Agreements, Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)
- Alwin Kopse, Head International Affairs and Food Security, Federal Office for Agriculture (BLW)
- Moderation: Ana Maria Suarez Franco, Accountability Coordinator, FIAN International

Putting peasants rights into practice - Group 1: Food Systems

Leaders Group 1:
- Claudia Fuhrer, Expert on Food justice, right to food, Fastenopfer
- Una Hombrecher, Advisor Civil Society & Land Conflicts, HEKS/EPER

Putting peasants rights into practice - Group 2: Trade Agreements

Leaders Group 2:
- Caroline Dommen, Independent Expert on Sustainable Development Law, Policy and Practice
- Christophe Golay, Seni

Putting peasants rights into practice - Group 3: Mainstreaming UNDROP into the UN-system

Leaders Group 3:
- Raffaele Morgantini, Human rights officer and representative of CETIM at the UN
- Ester Wolf, Peasant Rights, Bread for all


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