The members of the CC noted the grim situation of food security – the failure of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), the struggle for the right to food at all levels and all areas, among others. They agreed to use the 1948 Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR) to stress that rights are to be respected and implemented, not just used for negotiations. According to the CC members, previous CFS chairperson Mario Arvelo did not highlight the value of UDHR in the last CSM Forum.
“Sustaining a movement requires the vital participation of the youth and women in the front lines. Pakistan farmers and workers face very complex forms of exploitation and oppression. Struggling for genuine change requires mobilizing the strength of youth and women,” said Azra Sayeed, the executive director of Roots for Equity.
The People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) organized “Solidarity with Lumad Youth: Discussion on the Role of Indigenous Youth on Agro-Ecology” in partnership with PAN Asia Pacific (PANAP), Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP), and Save Our School (SOS) Network last October 15. This activity is one of the globally-coordinated activities for the 16 Days of Global Action on Agroecology themed “Youth March On for Agroecology and Food Sovereignty!” of PANAP.
PCFS hopes that the APF adopt into its statement to the ASEAN Summit the genuine concerns to uphold people’s sovereignty and human rights while abandoning the neoliberal strategy the local elites, TNCs, and international financial institutions have dictated the ASEAN region to take and holding accountable governments and the private sector to their commitment and actions by ensuring that civil society have meaningful participation in decision-making.
The National Solidarity Mission to the People’s Barricade against Oceanagold Mining in Nueva Vizcaya (NVNSM) was held from July 26 to 29 in Brgy. Didipio, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines to investigate the environmental impacts and the human rights violations committed by multinational mining company OceanaGold against the anti-mining groups and indigenous communities barricading at the foot of its mining site.
The Executive Committee (EC) of the People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) concluded its annual meeting on June 21, 2019. The Global Co-Chairpersons Razan Zuayter and Sylvia Mallari led the EC meeting. Other EC members and regional representatives including LAC coordinator Alex Barrios, Africa interim coordinator Gershom Kabaso, Europe coordinator Julie Smith, and Global Secretariat Coordinator Rhoda Gueta also attended the meeting.