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.
On this 4th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas, we are launching – with FIAN International, La Via Campesina and CETIM – a new website dedicated to this Declaration.
UN Women/Ryan Brown
This Human Rights Conversation will discuss child participation in the work of UN human rights mechanisms and opportunities to move away from today’s reliance on individual organizations or UN representatives’ initiatives.
UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré
This training course will explore the origin and evolution of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and its functioning in Geneva and will focus on the nature of implementation of the UPR recommendations at the national level.
This training course will explore the major international and regional instruments for the promotion of human rights, as well as with their implementation and enforcement mechanisms; and provide practical insights into the different UN human rights mechanisms pertinent to advancing environmental issues and protecting environmental human rights defenders.
The project will notably identify the main opportunities and obstacles to protect the right to seeds in Europe. It will also discuss how to promote changes in European laws, policies and trade agreements to ensure that they do not infringe, but facilitate the realization of peasants’ right to seeds.
After having provided academic support to the negotiation of the UN Declaration for ten years, this research project focuses on the implementation of the UN Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas.