| 20-06-2014

Can social struggles be unified for the right to food?

FIAN International, together with members of the Global Network for the Right to Food and Nutrition, will be holding a seminar from June 24-26 in Geneva to create links for social struggles in the development of human rights-compliant, sustainable and holistic food systems.

The seminar "    Linking social struggles: Can the path towards human rights compliant, holistic and sustainable food systems serve to unify struggles?" will take place from June 24 to 26 in Geneva (Switzerland). It brings together social movements, networks, civil society organizations and academics concerned about different aspects of food systems.

The goal is to discuss the main challenges, from a human rights, women's rights and food sovereignty perspective, in corporate-dominated food systems and production models that undermine access to natural resources and livelihoods of small-scale food producers, lead to eco-destruction and loss of biodiversity, and impede the realization of the right to adequate food and nutrition. At the core of the seminar is the question of how social struggles can be unified and how joint strategies towards sustainable and rights-based food systems could be developed. The role of human rights as tools for rolling back corporate control over food systems will be another important subject for discussion next week, in particular the Extraterritorial Obligations (ETOs) of States, including global food and nutrition governance.

The seminar takes place during the last week of the 26th session of the UN Human Rights Council, in which Member States will decide on the setting up of an open-ended intergovernmental working group to create an     international treaty to address corporate human rights abuses.  It is also part of the "    Week of Mobilization to Stop Corporate Crimes and Impunity" in Geneva organized by the Treaty Alliance, a global coalition of social movements, networks and civil society organizations calling for an end to corporate human rights abuses.

More information

    SIGN joint statement calling for a U.N. binding treaty to end corporate human rights abuses

    Visit the Treaty Alliance website

    See calendar of events for the Week of Mobilization in Geneva (Switzerland)