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HEKS/EPER Land Forum 2018

Putting the «Peasants Rights’ Declaration» into practice

After almost two decades of ceaseless peasant struggles across the world, the United Nations Human Rights Council finally adopted the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas on September 28.

If adopted by a final vote by UN member states by the end of this year, this will be an unprecedented recognition of peasant rights in international law. The Declaration not only reaffirms existing rights of peasants, but also incorporates new rights, such as the right to seeds or the right to land. 
We therefore would like to invite different stakeholders to meet at the HEKS/EPER Land
Forum 2018 to explore what the adoption of this new human rights instrument would imply for Switzerland. What are the claims towards government institutions and what should we to push for the declaration’s implementation?
As a result of the Land Forum 2018, we would hope to develop concrete «action points» to put the Declaration into practice, on Swiss as well as on international level.

Time: December 10 2018, 10:00 – 15:00 


  • 10:00: Welcome note
  • 10:15: Peasants’ Rights Declaration – from its origin to its implementation 
    A panel discussion with Ana María Suárez (FIAN International) and María Natalia Pacheco (Permanent Mission of Bolivia to the United Nations)
  • 11:00: Coffee break
  • 11:15: Putting the declaration into practice – What is the homework of Switzerland? 
    (Una Hombrecher, HEKS/EPER)
  • 11:30: Workshops corresponding to possible Swiss «action points»
    1. The right to land and collective land rights 
    2. The right to seeds, agroecology and biodiversity
    3. The right to water
    4. Business, trade and peasant rights 
    5. Protection of land rights activists’
  • Sandwich Lunch
  • 14:00: Presentation of workshop discussions, concluding panel and next steps
Language: English
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Please contact

Martin Schmid, Head of Thematic Advisory Team & Rural Development Advisor HEKS/EPER

Tel.: +41 44 360 88 86