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19 October 2012 - CFS 39 Side Event: The transformational power of the right to food:
Countries pioneering right to food strategies", Rome, Italy

23 July 2012: The Special Rapporteur concludes his mission to Cameroon.
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Read his full statement in French

16 May 2012: The Special Rapporteur concludes his mission to Canada.
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Read his full statement in English

22 July 2011: The Special Rapporteur concludes his mission to Madagascar.
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Read his full statement in French

15 July 2011: The Special Rapporteur concludes his mission to South Africa.
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Read his full statement in English

4 and 5 April 2012: the Special Rapporteur convened a regional expert consultation “Implementing the right to food at the national level: experiences of Eastern and Southern Africa”, organized by OHCHR in cooperation with FAO. The objective of the consultation was to facilitate an exchange of experiences and lessons learned related to the national implementation of the right to food and to identify concrete steps to strengthen national legal frameworks, policies and strategies. More than 45 food experts, parliamentarians, food producers organizations, NGOs, human rights institutions and policy-makers from Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe took part in the meeting.

Read media advisory in English
Read register of commitments made by participants in English

6 March 2012: The Special Rapporteur participated via video link in public event in Mexico City, organized by OHCHR-Mexico on the occasion of the presentation of his mission report to the Human Rights Council and to launch the publication “El Derecho a la Alimentación: Informe de Misión a México”. At the launch event, attended by 180 people, a panel of Government officials, Parliamentarians and CSOs discussed the findings of the mission report.

Read the publication in Spanish

2 and 3 April 2012: The Special Rapporteur convened an expert consultation “Contribution and Threats of Current Fisheries Policies and Practices to the Realization of the Right to Food” in Nairobi, Kenya, organized by OHCHR in cooperation with FAO and UNEP. The objective of the meeting was to consider the impacts on the right to food current fisheries policies and practices and to inform the upcoming thematic report of the Special Rapporteur to the General Assembly. The meeting gathered 30 experts from research institutions, NGOs and international organizations; policymakers, at national, regional and international levels; and representatives of fishers’ organizations.

Read report of the Special Rapporteur “Fisheries and the right to food” (A/67/268) in E F S A C R

Public consultation Draft Guiding Principles on Human Rights Impact Assessments of Trade and Investment Agreements posted for consultation

Read about the public consultation

20 June 2011: The Special Rapporteur concludes his mission to Mexico.
Read his full statement in English and in Spanish
Read the press release in English and in Spanish
See video of the press conference: http://www.youtube.com/user/ONUDHMexico

16 May 2012: The Special Rapporteur concludes his mission to Canada.
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Read his full statement in English

Human Rights Council

Eco-Farming can double food production in 10 Years, says new UN report
8 March 2011: Read the press release in English

Mission to China: “From food security to the right to food” – UN expert highlights China’s next steps

23 December 2010: Read the press release in English and in Chinese

COP 16, United Nations Climate Change Conference, Cancún

29 November 2010: “Cancun Climate Summit: UN food expert calls for a “Green Marshall Plan for Agriculture”
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UN General Assembly

Special Rapporteur presents report on "Access to Land and the Right to Food" to the General Assembly (Third Committee)
21 October 2010: "Pressure on farmland is increasing at an unprecedented rate," warns new UN report
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Committee on World Food Security, 11-14 & 16 October 2010

16 October 2010: "In Rome, the Committee on World Food Security reinvents global governance
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11 October 2010: "The New Committee on World Food Security meets its first test on World Food Day"
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World Food Day - 16 October 2010

15 October 2010: "The shift to low-carbon agriculture is becoming a matter of urgency"
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7 September: The Special Rapporteur concludes his mission to Syria.
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Food Riots

7 September: “Predictable crisis, unprepared governments”
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Agribusiness and Human Rights

5 March: The Special Rapporteur presents his report on the role of the agricultural business sector in the realization of the right to food.
Read the report and the speech.
The press release is available here in English
Listen to the Special Rapporteur's interview to UN radio and to the press conference

Large Scale Land Acquisitions and Leases

The Special Rapporteur presents his findings on the human rights challenges posed by large scale land acquisitions and leases and proposes 11 minimum human rights principles - Read the study and the principles

World Summit on Food Security

The role of the right to food in achieving sustainable global food security
Statement by the rapporteur at the World Summit on Food Security - 18 November 2009

The Right to Food and the Political Economy of Hunger -
18 November 2009
- The text of the McDougall Memorial Lecture is available in English and in French

Seed Policies and the Right to Food

21 October: Presentation of the report at the General Assembly
The rapporteur's statement before the 3rd Committee is available here

The report of the Special Rapporteur to the 64th session of the General Assembly is available here:
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Food/Pages/Annual.aspx

Global Food Crisis: Follow-up session at HRC12 - 17 September

"Political will needed to tackle food crisis and restructure agriculture"

Report of the SR on the right to food (Follow-up to the seventh special session)

Background document to the second report on the global food crisis, Mr. Olivier De Schutter

Summary of the Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Prof. Olivier De Schuter
Crisis into opportunity: reinforcing multilateralism

Reinvesting in African agricultures: grounding efforts in the right to food as a condition for sustainable results

Open letter addressed by the Special Rapporteur to African Heads of State and Governments in advance of the 13th ordinary assembly of the African Union Summit, Syrter, 1-3 July 2009
English | French

The right to food and the financial and economic crisis

UN human rights food expert to G8: "Better, But Not Good Enough"
10 July 2009

"The global food crisis is not over. Our obligations go beyond fixing the financial system"
says UN Special Rapporteur

26 June 2009

Submission to the UN Conference on World Financial and Economic Crisis, UN General Assembly, 24-26 June 2009

Human rights challenges of large-scale land acquisitions or leases

Press release and briefing note [French version] issued by the Special Rapporteur on 11 June 2009. The SR makes a call to take into account a set of core human rights principles and measures when negotiating transnational large-scale land acquisitions or leases, more commonly referred to as land grabbing. He developed these principles ahead of the negotiations on responsible agricultural investments during the forthcoming G8 Summit.

Trade liberalization and the right to food

Is trade liberalization helping or hampering the realization of the right to food? The Special Rapporteur and Pascal Lamy, Director-General of the WTO, discussed this question in a debate on 11 May 2009 jointly organized by the Mayor of Geneva and 3D -> Trade — Human Rights — Equitable Economy. The debate was moderated by Esther Mamarbachi.
See the video ..
Only in French. Duration 1h36 (the transcription will be available soon)

World Food Crisis

Coordinating, Learning, Monitoring: A New Role for the Committee on World Food Security" contribution of the Special Rapporteur to the work of the FAO Contact Group on the reform of the Committee on World Food Security, 22 May 2009

Global financial crisis, volatile food prices, make agricultural focus urgent, UN human rights food expert tells UN Commission on Sustainable Development
7 May 2009

Written submission of the Special Rapporteur to the 17th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (New York, 4-15 May 2009)

Keynote address of the Special Rapporteur to the UN General Assembly on the occasion of the thematic dialogue on the right to food, 6 April 2009 and press release distributed at the press conference

Position statement on the "Human Right to Food and the Challenges Facing the Green Revolution in Africa" following the consultation convened by the Special Rapporteur with the support of the Luxembourg Government and held in Luxembour on 15 and 16 December 2008
E - F

Statement of Mr. Olivier De Schutter,Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food - 10th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council
9 March 2009

Special Rapporteur on the right to food at the 9th session of the Human Rights Council

High Level Meeting on Food Security for All, Madrid, 26-27 January
Analysis of the outcome of the Meeting by the Special Rapporteur

Questionnaire: “Building resilience: a human rights framework for world food and nutrition security”
E - F - S

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to food: “Building resilience: a human rights framework for world food and nutrition security"

Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food at the 8th session of the Human Rights Council
Press release | Statement

Statement of the Special Rapporteur to the Rome High-Level Conference on World Food Security (5 June 2008)

Statement of the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food at the Special Session of the Human Rights Council (22 May 2008)

UN Special Rapporteur on Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter, calls for a Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the world food crisis
Press release | Background Note: Analysis of the World Food Crisis by the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food