The open-ended intergovernmental working group on a United Nations declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas, established by Human Rights Council resolution 21/19, has a mandate to negotiate, finalize and submit to the Council a draft declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas. In its resolution 36/22, the Council decided that the working group should hold its fifth annual session before its thirty-eighth session and requested it to submit an annual report on the progress made to the Council and to the General Assembly for their consideration.
The fifth session of the working group was held from 9 to 13 April 2018. In her opening statement, the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights commended the leadership of the Chair-Rapporteur of the fourth session, Ambassador Nardi Suxo Iturry, in consulting with a wide range of stakeholders and reflecting their views on the revised draft declaration (A/HRC/WG.15/5/2). She stated that over five years of diligent effort, the draft had been built on existing international standards relevant to the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas and principles and guidelines adopted by the Committee on World Food Security and bodies of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), particularly the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security, among others.
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