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
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 the unlikely event that some participants cannot come to Geneva for the training course, they will be able to follow the course online.
The course covers the following issues:
At the end of this course, participants will be:
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.
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.
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.
Participants who successfully complete the training course receive a certificate of participation from the Geneva Academy.
The training fee for this five-day programme is 1,530 Swiss Francs (30 percent discount for PhD and master students). 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).
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.
Applications must be submitted via the online application form.
If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact us: rightsofpeasants[at]geneva-academy.ch
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.
Joanna Bourke Martignoni's research areas include the right to food, land commercialization, climate change, the right to education and gender equality.
Christophe Golay's expertise relates to economic, social and cultural rights, the right to food and the rights of peasants.
Tram 15, Direction Nations - tram stop Butini
Bus 1 or 25, Direction Jardin Botanique - bus stop Sécheron
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