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Today, after six years of discussion, the United Nations General Assembly decides on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Smallholders and peasants and other people working in rural areas.

A broad coalition of 15 civil society organizations urges the German government to vote in favor of the declaration. The Declaration strengthens the rights of the most discriminated, marginalized and threatened rural groups, who secure much of the world's food.

Paula Gioia of the Working Group on Rural Agriculture (AbL) and the European Coordination of Via Campesina (ECVC) on behalf of the Alliance explains: "The number of hungry people worldwide rose to more than 820 million last year. The struggle over dwindling resources such as land and water has intensified; Seed diversity is threatened by the increasing commercialization of a few high-yielding varieties and the property rights on them. In many countries organizations and individuals working for the rights of smallholders and farm workers are being threatened or even murdered."

The German Federal Government abstained on the UN Declaration on the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. In the coalition agreement, on the other hand, the Federal Government has spoken out in favor of supporting smallholder farmers and strengthening human rights protection mechanisms. Within the framework of a human rights-based foreign policy, this declaration can close a gap in the international human rights canon.

The Civil Society Alliance consists of the following organizations: Agrarian Coordination, Action Community Solidarity World (ASW), Working Group on Rural Agriculture (AbL), Bread for the World, FIAN Germany, Research and Documentation Center Chile-Latin America (FDCL), Forum Fair Trade, GEPA - The Fair Trade Company, INKOTA Network, International Association of Catholic Rural Adult Movements (FIMARC), MISEREOR, Naturland eV, TransFair eV (Fairtrade Germany), Welthaus Bielefeld and Welthungerhilfe.

Joint press release in German