Habitat International Coalition
Global network for the right to habitat and social justice
CSO statement “No Compromise on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to FPIC in the CFS!”
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Source: Civil Society Mechanism Secretariat

Please find here the CSO statement "No Compromise on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to FPIC in the CFS!” which has been signed by more than hundred international, regional and national civil society organisations from all continents.

Canada is blocking the rights of Indigenous Peoples' right to free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) in the Committee for World Food Security (CFS).

The Responsible Agricultural Investment (RAI) Principles being negotiated under the auspices of the CFS (Committee for World Food Security) are meant to promote responsible investment in agriculture and food systems that contribute to food security and nutrition, and support the progressive realization of the right to food. They address the core elements of what makes investment in agriculture and food systems responsible; They are meant to serve as a framework to guide the actions of all stakeholders engaged in agriculture and food systems.

The only text of the rai principles that has NOT been agreed on reads "[Effective and meaningful consultation with indigenous peoples, through
their representative institutions in order to obtain their free, prior and informed consent under the United Nations Declaration of Rights of
Indigenous Peoples and with due regard for particular positions and understanding of individual States;] (principle 9(iv) in this

FPIC is included in the UN declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples and in declarations by the UN General Assembly. Canada is now the ONLY country blocking critical language on the FPIC.

Civil Society is wary that weakening the text here, will create precedent and weaken it in other agreements as well. This issue is a non-negotiable ‘red line’ for the CSM - and indicated to the CFS Advisory Group and Chair yesterday that CSM will not support the agreement in the absence of this text on FPIC.

We have prepared a STATEMENT FOR SIGN ONS TO BE RELEASED TO PRESS AND THE PUBLIC, to pressure Canada to not dismiss an internationally accepted right that was won through many years of struggles by indigenous peoples.


• Economic, Social and Cultural Rights   • Food Crisis   • Global Themes   • Housing and Land Rights / Right to Adequate Housing   • Housing and Land Rights Violations   • Housing and Target People   • Indigenous    

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