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The FAO as a right to food organization

United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food
Monday 4 March 2013
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has shown itself capable of promoting coherent forms of agricultural development that support marginalized food producers and tackle hunger durably. But how systematically does the agency support this kind of change? And how compatible are the (...) > continue


Empowering women is shortcut to tackling hunger – UN expert on right to food

Monday 4 March 2013

“Sharing power with women is a shortcut to reducing hunger and malnutrition, and is the single most effective step to realizing the right to food,” said the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, while urging world governments to adopt transformative food security strategies that address cultural constraints and redistribute roles between women and men.

“Family agriculture has become gradually feminized, with men frequently moving away from the farm in search of work. Yet the women who increasingly face the burden of sustaining farms and families are too often denied the tools to thrive and improve their situation – on and off the farm,” Mr. De Schutter stressed as he presented his report on Gender and the Right to Food to the UN Human Rights Council today in Geneva.

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Pillay welcomes major breakthrough enabling individual complaints on economic, social and cultural rights

United Nations Press release
Thursday 7 February 2013
GENEVA (6 February 2013) - The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Wednesday applauded the upcoming entry into force of a key Protocol to an international treaty which will, for the first time, enable individual complaints on economic, social and cultural rights, thereby (...) > continue


Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Now Fully Justiciable at the International Level!

Tuesday 5 February 2013

The Optional Protocol on ESC Rights Comes into Force in May 2013.

Very soon, those who have experienced violations of economic, social and cultural rights will have a new opportunity to access justice.

The Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (the Optional Protocol), will allow individuals and groups to seek justice in an international forum if their rights – including adequate housing, food, water, sanitation, health, work, social security and education – are violated and their government fails to ensure access to an effective remedy at the national level.

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Statement by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Human Rights Day - 10 December 2012

Tuesday 11 December 2012
Millions of people have gone on to the streets over the past few years, in countries all across the world, emboldened by what is happening elsewhere, some demanding civil and political rights, others demanding economic, social and cultural rights. This groundswell is not simply a question of (...) > continue


Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights opens forty-ninth session

Wednesday 21 November 2012
United Nations Press release 12 November 2012 Hears Statement by Director of Research and Right to Development Division of Human Rights Office, Adopts Agenda and Programme of Work The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights this morning opened its forty-ninth session at the Palais (...) > continue


General Assembly elects 18 countries to serve on UN Human Rights Council

Monday 12 November 2012

The General Assembly today elected 18 countries to serve on the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) for a period of three years beginning on 1 January 2013.

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Pillay welcomes focus on human rights and democracy, calls for review of ASEAN draft human rights declaration

Thursday 8 November 2012

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday welcomed the emergence of the Bali Democracy Forum as an important platform for the promotion of good governance, the rule of law and human rights in the region, while urging ASEAN leaders to take more time to develop a regional Human Rights Declaration.

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World Food Day : Food reserves must be used to curb volatility

United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food
Tuesday 16 October 2012
The Special Rapporteur called on governments to make progress on establishing strategic food reserves and pre-positioning them in risk-prone regions so that where local purchases are not possible, humanitarian agencies have access to food stocks below the market rate. He urged a broader use of (...) > continue


World Food Day : Special Rapporteur proposes Global Fund for Social Protection

United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food
Tuesday 16 October 2012
"World Food Day is upon us again, and so too are volatile and dangerously high food prices. The right to food is denied every time prices spike and people are no longer able to put food on the table," said the Special Rapporteur. "However, there are ways to shield people from the impacts of (...) > continue


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