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New briefings to feed into negotiations on UN peasants‘ rights declaration

FIAN International launches two new informative pieces on States’ obligations and decent income and livelihood.

Following last year’s series of briefings and on the occasion of the 4th UN Session towards a Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas, the human rights organization releases two new pieces. The new briefings, on state obligations and decent income and livelihood, are intended to feed into the UN negotiations, where the future of peasants’ rights is at stake.

The first briefing explains how States obligations to respect, protect and fulfil all human rights are established in the draft Declaration vis-a-vis the rights recognized for peasants and other people working in rural areas. The note lists the reasons why such a disposition is necessary in the draft Declaration and points to the different situations where States obligations are of special relevance, including when non-State actors nullify or impair the enjoyment of the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas.

The second briefing draws on the content of Art.16 on the right to decent work and livelihood. Decent work is one of the 17 goals of the Sustainable Development Agenda by 2030 approved by the UN with effect on January 1st, 2016. Goal 8 aims at full employment and decent work for all, in particular for young people. Creating and maintaining secure and paid jobs is a major challenge in rural areas. The ageing of the farming population and rural depopulation by young people could quickly lead to skilled-labour shortages at global level and affect negatively food security. Respecting this right is key for those who feed the world to be able to feed themselves and make a dignified living out of their work.

Download the briefing on States’obligations here (also available in FR and ES)

Download the briefing on decent work and livelihood here (also available in FR and ES)



  • The first series of briefings covers the following topics: rights to sovereignty over natural resources, development and food sovereignty, the right to food and the right to land and other natural resources. The second series of briefing covers the following topics: the right to seeds and the right to biological diversity, rural women’s rights, and the right to water and sanitation.