The UN General Assembly adopted, in December 2018, the United Nations (UN) Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas (UNDROP) as the results of more than six years of negotiation within the UN Human Rights Council.
The adoption of the UNDROP came at the perfect time to be a significant contribution to the UN Decade for Family Farming (2019–2028) that was officially launched at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on 29 May 2019. It is, therefore, particularly relevant for the three Rome-based UN Agencies: the FAO, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP).
This event, co-organized with the Permanent Representation of Switzerland to the FAO, IFAD and WFP, the Permanent Representation of Costa-Rica to the UN Agencies in Rome and the Department of Political Sciences of University of Roma Tre, will present the UNDROP and discuss its contributions to the implementation of the UN Decade of Family Farming.
The event will be followed from 18:15 to 20:00 by a reception in the gardens of the Istituto Svizzero di Roma, a unique location in the Centre of Rome.
Dr Adriana Bessa is a Senior Research Fellow at the Geneva Academy. She is involved in research projects dealing with the right to food and the sustainability of food systems, and the rights of peasants. She also coordinates a training course on the protection of human rights and the environment.
Dr Joanna Bourke Martignoni is one of our Senior Research Fellows. She is involved in several research projects dealing with gender, the right to food and land commercialization, as well as with gender equality in the context of business activities, and on economic, social and cultural rights and the Sustainable Development Goals.
In this online event co-organized with the ATLAS Network, prominent women in international law will share their experience and advice through an interactive discussion.
This training course explores the relationship between economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and provides participants with practical tools to include ESCR and the SDGs in their work.
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.
Resulting from traditional legal research and informal interviews with experts, the project aims at examining how – if at all possible – IHL could be more systematically, appropriately and correctly dealt with by the human rights mechanisms emanating from the Charter of the United Nations, as well from universal and regional treaties.