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7-11 December 2020
Application start 27 April 2020
Application end 22 November 2020
Application end / With visa 12 October 2020
Fee: 1530 Swiss Francs

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The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants

A farmer in her field, DRC A farmer in her field, DRC

The United Nations (UN) Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas (UNDROP) was adopted in 2018.

How was it achieved? What does it mean for the protection and promotion of the rights of peasants, rural women, fisher, pastoralist and nomadic communities, as well as agricultural workers? What are the roles of states, international organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and representatives of peasants and other people working in rural areas in the implementation of the UNDROP? How can UN human rights mechanisms monitor its implementation? Which lessons can be learned from the implementation of the UN Declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples (UNDRIP) adopted in 2007?

This training course helps participants to respond to these questions. It analyses the origins, drafting and content of the UNDROP, and provides participants with practical tools to include the UNDROP in their work. Two examples of national implementation – in Colombia and Switzerland – are discussed. Themes covered include the rights of rural women, as well as the rights to food and food sovereignty, land and other natural resources, and seeds and biological diversity.

Participants will have the opportunity to engage with international human rights experts and with representatives of states, international organizations, NGOs and peasant movements who contributed to the adoption of the UNDROP.

In Geneva and Online

The course can be followed in Geneva or online (notably for participants who cannot come to Geneva due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic).

Programme

The course covers the following issues:

  • History and negotiation of the UNDROP
  • Content, rights and obligations in the UNDROP
  • Lessons learned from the implementation of the UNDRIP
  • Gender equality and the rights of rural women
  • Rights of agricultural workers
  • Rights to food, food sovereignty, land and other natural resources, seeds and biological diversity
  • Roles of states, international organizations, NGOs and social movements in the implementation of the UNDROP
  • Role of UN human rights mechanisms in monitoring the UNDROP
  • National implementation – the examples of Colombia and Switzerland.

Objectives

At the end of this course, participants will be:

  • Knowledgeable about the history and drafting of the UNDROP
  • Familiar with the content of the UNDROP
  • Able to identify and effectively describe violations of the UNDROP
  • Able to integrate tools for implementing and monitoring the UNDROP in their work
  • Able to discuss challenges in the implementation of specific rights enshrined in the UNDROP, such as the rights of rural women, as well as the rights to food, food sovereignty, land and other natural resources, seeds and biological diversity
  • Familiar with the roles of states, international organizations, NGOs, and representatives of peasants and other people working in rural areas in the implementation of the UNDROP
  • Aware of the role that UN human rights mechanisms can play in monitoring the implementation of the UNDROP.

Lecturers

The training course is given by members of academia and senior professionals from the Geneva Academy, international organizations, including from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the International Labour Organization (ILO), and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), as well as by representatives of states, NGOs and peasant organizations.

Methodology

The course is interactive and participants are encouraged to share their own experiences and perspectives on the issues. The training sessions include lectures and discussions with experts, as well as practical examples and case studies. Sessions are designed to enhance knowledge exchange with peers and facilitators.

Audience

This training course is designed for staff of NGOs, social movements, peasant organizations, development and human rights institutions, UN bodies and other international organizations, as well as representatives of governments and members of academia.

Certification

Participants who successfully complete the training course receive a certificate of participation from the Geneva Academy.

Fee

The training fee for this five-day programme is 1,530 Swiss Francs (30 percent discount for PhD and master students and 10 percent discount for those following the training course online). In case of cancellation by the participant, CHF 200 won't be returned.

The fee includes tuition costs, course materials, five lunches, and refreshments during coffee breaks.

All participants are responsible for their own travel costs to Geneva, including Swiss visa fees and evening meals (approximately 30 Swiss Francs per meal).

Accommodation

Participants may request on-campus accommodation when applying. Due to the limited places available, accommodation is not guaranteed. Participants seeking on-campus accommodation are encouraged to request this as soon as possible.

How to Apply

 Applications must be submitted via the online application form.

If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact us: rightsofpeasants[at]geneva-academy.ch

Professors and Lecturers

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Adriana Bessa

Senior Research Fellow

Adriana Bessa's research areas include the rights of traditional local communities, the draft declaration on the rights of peasants and the right to food.

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Joanna Bourke Martignoni

Senior Research Fellow

Joanna Bourke Martignoni's research areas include the right to food, land commercialization, climate change, the right to education and gender equality.

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Christophe Golay

Senior Research Fellow and Strategic Adviser on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Christophe Golay's expertise relates to economic, social and cultural rights, the right to food and the rights of peasants.

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Natalia Pacheco

Expert on the Rights of Peasants and Former Negotiator of the Declaration

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Ana María Suárez Franco

FIAN International Permanent Representative in Geneva

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Michelle Zufferey

Permanent Secretary of Uniterre and Member of La Via Campesina

Benny Müller

Deputy Head, Office of Human Rights Policy, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

Josep A. Gari

Senior Policy Advisor, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Office in Geneva

Location

Geneva Academy, Villa Moynier, 120B Rue de Lausanne, Geneva

Access

Public Transport

Tram 15, Direction Nations - tram stop Butini

Bus 1 or 25, Direction Jardin Botanique - bus stop Sécheron

Access for people with disabilities

Villa Moynier is accessible to people with disabilities. If you have a disability or any additional needs and require assistance in order to participate fully, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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