On October 11, 2023, members of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva unanimously voted in favor of establishing a Working Group dedicated to overseeing the implementation of rights enshrined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas (UNDROP).
Protecting the rights of peasants and rural workers is an imperative for governments worldwide, with special emphasis on Eastern Europe and Central Asia, regions pivotal in ensuring regional food security despite inherent vulnerabilities and systemic discrimination.
The Working Group’s mandate extends for an initial three years, with the possibility of an extension. It comprises five independent experts selected for their balanced geographical representation. The appointment of these experts will take place during the 55th session of the Human Rights Council scheduled from February 26 to April 5, 2024. This establishment marks a crucial step toward upholding the rights of those toiling in rural areas and fostering global food security.