| 04-04-2015

Dakar to Tunis Declaration, a common ground for land and water struggles

The World Social Forum 2015 (WSF), held on 24-29 March 2015 in Tunis, was an important step towards strengthening the so-called Global convergence, a platform that facilitates and unites common discussions over land and water access and control.

During the 4-day event, an exchange of views between civil society organizations (CSOs) and social movements made clear, once again, that land, water and natural resource grabbing take many different forms, involve various actors and are inextricably linked. It affects individuals and communities in rural, urban, and peri-urban areas, and particularly small-scale food producers and poor urban dwellers.

Equally, there is a lack of states' actions to effectively respect, protect and fulfil human rights, and an increasing capture by private enterprises of common goods and decision-making processes that lead to the exclusion of rights holders. It also appears to be clear that human rights defenders - activists and organizations - that work in the field of land, water, seeds and other natural resources are increasingly criminalized and threatened

The discussions culminated in the "    Dakar to Tunis Declaration of the Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles". The declaration serves as a common ground, based on human rights and built around the vision of food sovereignty.

The signatories call upon civil society, social movements, grassroots organizations, workers' unions and CSOs all over the world to engage in the Convergence's shaping and building process. FIAN International will continue supporting the Global Convergence, as well as others, regional and national, with same struggles.

    Sign up the Declaration of the Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles!   

The initiative goes back to the October 2014 African Social Forum, where a smaller group of organizations developed a declaration entitled "Rights to Water and Land, a Common Struggle". Based on these discussions, and convinced that the effort to unite all struggles for land and water and against the criminalization of activists fighting for them needs to be global, FIAN, together with a core group of social movements and organizations, convened a Space of Convergence of Land and Water Struggles at the WSF. This core group consists of La Via Campesina, the World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP), Convergence Malienne contre l'Accaparement des Terres (CMAT), Habitat International Coalition (HIC), Coalition for the Protection of Africa's Genetic Heritage (COPAGEN), Friends of the Earth International, Southern African Rural Women's Assembly, GRAIN, COSPE, Comitato Italiano Contratto Mondiale sull'Acqua (CICMA), Transnational Institute (TNI), Terra Nuova, Focus on the Global South and FIAN International.