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For justice, the right to food, land, water, seeds, forests

In the twenty-first century, more than one billion people suffer from hunger. Every 4 seconds a person dies of malnutrition, mostly children under 5 years. 25% of the world's population consumes 85% of available resources, and each year, 30% more resources than the planet can regenerate are used.

Half the people of our world are farmers whose three quarters still working by hand only. Ensure that these requirements peasants so they can live their work is one of the major challenges of sustainable development, that violence is not the only alternative for millions of poor, hungry, dispossessed, and bondsmen moved to the slums of the big cities.

Land, water, seeds, forests, minerals - the common heritage of humanity - are captured by investors, with the concurrence of the States or their impotence. Around the world, mining and forestry, dams, tourist areas, hyper-intensive monoculture export GMO or production of agro-fuels replace food crops. This land grabbing is growing.

Meanwhile, the influx of country markets of Southern food produced in rich countries with huge mechanical and massively subsidized creates unfair competition that is ruining the local peasantry.

The World Citizens Assembly is convinced of the need to highlight the fundamental issues of social justice and economic distribution of wealth, access to natural resources, food sovereignty debts of poor countries, instead of the poorest in our societies, role of women, but also participatory democracy, responsibilities of multinational corporations and the international financial system, the choice of a model of life and sustainable and equitable development for all. It is not to assist people living in poverty, but their rights to resources essential to life, allowing their work and promote their initiative.

We invite citizens and civil society organizations to demand, so determined and peaceful, with international bodies (UN, FAO, WTO, EU, OECD, G-20, World Bank, etc..), the right local access to natural resources (land, water, seeds, forests, etc..), which implies complete existing legislation by regulatory mechanisms and control. Similarly, the right to food sovereignty must be recognized as superior to the rights of trade and investment.

Text originally written by the movement Ekta Parishad
presented to the Assembly of World Citizens
by World Community against Hunger

We the People's Congress Delegates elected by an electorate globally distributed in 114 countries, with the authority specified in Article 21-3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,

  • confirm that the texts and projects presented today citizens legitimate aspirations materialize in view of this Declaration,
  • ask all leaders in all spheres concerned to take into account these aspirations, texts and projects,
  • ask the future World Constituent Assembly to integrate into the global constitution these texts and their philosophy projects or as components of the rule of law and a world order in which the rights and freedoms enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights can be fully realized.

These texts, and projects were voted in our presence by the Assembly with consultative status with the People's Congress, by our signature, we want to give them the force of law.

we ask

  • all organs of civil society to ensure the publication
  • and the Executive Committee of the People's Congress to ensure its implementation

In Paris, January 26, 2013

signed : Roger Winterhalter, Marie-Françoise Lamperti, Yves Angelloz

Charter adopted by the Delegates elected to the People's Congress :

  1. Alex Bengantundu (26/04/2013)
  2. Marc Garcet (15/06/2013)
  3. Roger Winterhalter (26/01/2013)
  4. Gilliane Le Gallic
  5. Landing Niassy
  6. Vincent Peingnez
  7. Yves Angelloz
  8. Marie-Françoise Lamperti


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