Fishing communities, as well as indigenous peoples and farming, pastoral and forest-dwelling communities, globally, face displacement from their lands, forests, fishing grounds and territories. Ongoing intergovernmental negotiations related to the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VG-Tenure), being led by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), are, therefore, of great relevance. The Guidelines aim to improve the governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests towards the goal of food security for all.
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Women on the Road to Rio+20
Nearly 20 years ago, the Earth Summit was held in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro in 1992. It led to the formulation of Agenda 21, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the Rio Declaration. Chapter 24 of Agenda 21 had a specific focus on global action for women towards sustainable and equitable development. It urged the active involvement of women in economic and political decisionmaking for the successful implementation of Agenda 21. Now, 20 years later, another summit, Rio+20, is being organized by the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) to assess progress and make future plans.
An online community space for women around the world to discuss Rio+20 has been hosted at http://women-rio20. ning.com/page/about. This site has a questionnaire designed to gather opinions on Rio+20 from a gender perspective. This, together with various regional and organizational statements, will help frame the Women’s Major Group submission to the official UNCSD/Rio+20 process in early November. The website hosts region-specific pages, and allows you to post events, statements and videos, as well as particip