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"Towards people's sovereignty over food and natural resources"

APN seeks to strengthen the capacity of the Arab peoples to sustain the region's natural resources and gain sovereignty over them , particularly in areas suffering from war and occupation.


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Consultations in Nairobi, Kenya

Consultations in Nairobi, Kenya

The Working Group on Impacts of Wars and Conflicts held consultations called for by APN in conjunction with the German 'Bread for the World' institution on the sidelines of the World Social Forum in Nairobi, Kenya, in January, 2007. Representatives from a number of environmental groups and CSOs from world countries took part in the meeting including delegates from the Palestinian Union of Agricultural Work Committees, Stop the Wall campaign, Sudanese Hawwa' Organization and the Lebanese Friends of Environment group.

Discussions focused on the issue of conflicts in the context of the right to food and food sovereignty.

Elements of Action Proposed by the Working Group

  • Collecting and documenting information on areas hit by wars, conflicts and occupations.
  • Raising the issue in concerned bodies and with policy makers.
  •  Working to formulate specific laws and conventions to ensure protection of communities affected by such conditions.
  • Building data bases to facilitate exchange of information.

The Working Group discussed a plan of action that included the following:

  • Preparing assessment studies.
  • Working on fact finding missions and studies to include the cases of Lebanon, Palestine, Congo or Colombia.
  • Conducting workshops.

Other Related Issues

  •  Emergency cases and developmental aid.
  •  Disposal of hazardous waste.
  •  Compulsory evacuation of local citizens.
  •  Water and use of resources.

A Brief Definition of Facts and Some of the Impacts

  • Destruction of land, agricultural production, natural resources and ecological diversity.
  • Illegal control of water rights, disposal of hazardous waste, expropriation of lands, uprooting of trees, loss of livelihoods and expulsion of people from their homes and lands.
  • Elimination of income sources and livelihoods.
  • Aggravation of the refugee problem.
  • Air and water contamination.

Invitation to the Panel on Conflict in the Context of the Right to Food and Food Sovereignty