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10.12.2013

FAO celebrates Human Rights Day 2013

Human Rights Day is held on 10 December every year, the date the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaiming its principles as the “common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.”

This year has a special significance: it marks the 20th anniversary of the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights. For the occasion, the Right to Food Team at FAO is happy to launch the following publications and tools which can help further the progressive realization of the right to food. These tools address specific needs and themes related to the right to food and can be used by a wide range of partners, human rights workers and professionals, governments, organizations and individuals.

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14.10.2013

Right to Food Guidelines discussed at the 40th session
of the CFS

Rome – 9 October 2013. In the context of the 40th session of the Committee on World Food Security, FAO organized jointly with the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights the side event “Right to Food Guidelines: Ten Years of Implementation”. During the side event, a number of points were brought up, which will be useful to consider in the context of the 10 Years Review of the Right to Food Guidelines (retrospective).

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02.07.2013

Experts define way ahead and commit themselves for the realization of the right to food

On 14 June 2013, more than 40 experts from 8 West African countries concluded a two day’s consultation with the adoption of recommendations and commitments related to concrete activities to be conducted in their respective area of work so as to contribute to the advancement of the right to food in the region. The expert consultation, convened by the UN Special Rapporteur for the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, was co-organized by FAO and the Office of the High-Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

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25.06.2013

Professionals in El Salvador complete a Training of Trainers course on the Right to Adequate Food

El Salvador - 4 June 2013. A group of 39 Salvadoran professionals in Law, Nutrition, Education and Biology, among other areas, concluded this week the training course on the Right to Adequate Food conducted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). "The main objective of this training course was to provide participants tools to better grasp the concept of the Right to Adequate Food in a practical way.

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29.05.2013

The Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) enters into force

On 5 May 2013 the Protocol formally entered into force, three months after Uruguay’s ratification. According to the Protocol, it shall enter into force three months after the date of the deposit with the UN Secretary-General of the tenth instrument of ratification or accession. The Protocol, adopted in 2008, grants individuals, or groups of individuals under the jurisdiction of a State Party, the right to submit communications about alleged violations on any economic, social and cultural right (ESCR), thereby placing all human rights on an equal footing.

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25.03.2013

New draft Law on Food Sovereignty and Food and Nutrition Security, for the Right to Food in the Dominican Republic

More than 60 Members of Parliament proposed a draft Law on Food Sovereignty and Food and Nutrition Security, for the Right to Food in the Dominican Republic. The process began in the first half of 2011, when the Inter-institutional Committee for Food and Nutrition Security, composed of the Ministries of Agriculture and Health and the Parliamentary Front Against Hunger, and with the technical support of FAO, WFP, PAHO and UNDP, started the implementation of 8 Regional Forums...

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14.02.2013

The Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights receives the tenth ratification required for it to enter into force

On 5 February 2013, a milestone was reached when Uruguay became the tenth country to ratify the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (hereafter the Protocol). In accordance with Article 18 of the Protocol, it enters into force three months after the tenth country has deposited its instrument of accession. In force since 1976, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights will at last have an international monitoring mechanism, which will strengthen the efforts to increase accountability for the violations of all human rights.

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15.01.2013

Investment Days discuss the relevance of the right to food to investment in agriculture and rural development

What is the relationship between the right to food and investment in agriculture and rural development? How can human rights provide tools for investment plans and projects? These issues were discussed during a parallel session entitled “The Right to Food: How is it relevant to investment in agriculture and rural development?” organized within Investment Days on 18 December 2012. Investment Days are a yearly two-day retreat that bring together colleagues of the FAO’s Investment Centre (TCI), including employees of such related institutions as the International Fund for Agricultural Development and the World Bank to share knowledge and experiences.

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10.01.2013

Mozambique’s Technical Secretariat for Food Security and Nutrition (SETSAN) launches its website

Maputo – An important milestone was reached on December 14, 2012, during the II meeting of the Food and Nutrition Security (FNS) cluster held in the amphitheater of the Mozambican Ministry of Agriculture and chaired by His Excellency the Minister of Agriculture José António Pacheco Candugua when SETSAN launched its website from now on available at www.setsan.gov.mz

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