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Civil society action plan to overcome world hunger: global priorities

3 October 2002


 [*]the final plenary meeting of the Civil Society Roman Forum approved an action plan and a set of priorities that should involve all participants in a common mobilization at global level. The spirit of the priority setting was to define common targets; goals and activities giving great liberty to all partners to define the ways each one will be participating in these common ventures.

To coordinate these common activities the Roman Forum decided to make the International Planning Committee (IPC) a permanent but light international coordination. In each of the 7 regions 5 focal points were chosen by the regions caucuses involving farmers, fisher folks, indigenous peoples, agricultural workers and NGOs. Antonio Onorati will act as provisional global focal point until the 35 regional focal points can meet to create a permanent coordination.

Priority one

to have a permanent mobilization and solidarity activities against political repression and for the right to fight for the principles and goals related to our plan of action. No calendar of activities was proposed but a permanent state of alert to collectively react to any attempts to suppress popular actions for food sovereignty in any point of the globe.

Priority two

to oppose all dumping in food products and for the right of each country to define it’s food security policies without WTO’s or regional bodies and countries retaliations. We will fight for these principles to be accepted in WTO’s rules. National, sectorial and regional mobilizations must be geared to a strong participation in next year’s WTO Cancun meeting in March. Further activities will be defined on the basis of the results of this mobilization.

Priority three

to fight for an international moratorium against GMO releases, for the permanent ban of terminator technologies and for the suppression of any laws allowing the patenting of live. As an alternate for these dangerous technologies we will fight for agroecological production models for family farmers and artisanal fishing. A common international strategy to achieve these goals will be defined during the World Social Forum next year in Porto Alegre.