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14:00 - 15:30 GMT
Friday, 5 January 2024

Developing a New International Trade Framework and Protecting Peasants’ Rights

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14:00 - 15:30 GMT
Friday, 5 January 2024

Developing a New International Trade Framework and Protecting Peasants’ Rights

In 2018, the UN general assembly voted in favour of the UN Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas (UNDROP). This was a major achievement for La Via Campesina, as the movement had been working for 17 years to get there. The adoption process of UNDROP proved the capacity of the global peasant movement to negotiate within UN spaces and with governments towards a new legal tool. Strengthened by this experience, and seeing the urgent need to get away from the neoliberal trade order and, in particular, away from WTO, La Via Campesina is now launching an initiative towards a new trade framework based on food sovereignty. This session will look at LVC’s concrete proposal for a fair trade system centred on people’s needs and on how to achieve such a major shift at the global level.