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  • BMZ CMYK enOn 9 February 2016, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development “Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung” (BMZ) became GLTN’s 72nd partner under the “Bilateral Organizations” cluster. Founded in 1961, BMZ works to promote Economic Development within Germany and in other countries through international cooperation and development.

    BMZ is very involved in fighting poverty, eradicating hunger and disease, improving education, fostering democracy and peace, realizing human rights and equal opportunities, preserving the environment and its natural resources among others. Through the special initiative One world, No hunger “Eine Welt ohne Hunger” , the BMZ is making the fight against hunger and malnutrition one if its key concerns. One of the six key pillars of this initiative is “Secure and fair access to resources and land”. GLTN therefore recognizes this new partnership with BMZ as an added value to the GLTN, given the latter’s broad objective of securing land and property rights for all.

    UN-Habitat through the GLTN together with the German International Cooperation (GIZ) and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have an ongoing collaboration project that is developing a more robust Tenure Responsive Land Use Planning (TR-LUP) tool, with special focus on applications in developing countries and incorporating experiences and good practices from other organizations. During a recent validation workshop for the TR-LUP tool held on 4th February 2015 in Bonn, Germany, GIZ presented the recently published handbook “Land in German Development Cooperation: Guiding Principles, Challenges and Prospects for the Future”.

    This handbook discusses a number of principles, concrete tools and examples for dealing with land related problems. It makes reference to a number of pro-poor and gender responsive land tools and puts emphasis on the Continuum of land rights approach. The Continuum of Land Rights is being promoted and increasingly accepted worldwide. GLTN partners support the use of a continuum of land rights, or a range of rights, to make it possible for the majority of people, including the poor, to have security of tenure.

    For more information on BMZ, visit

  • LX CorporationOn 13 January 2016, the Korea Land and Geospatial Informatix Corporation (aka LX Corporation) became GLTN’s 71st partner under the “International Professional Bodies ” cluster. Formerly known as the Korea Cadastral Survey Corporation, it was renamed in June 2015 to fulfill its role as the national agency representing Korea in handling spatial information.

    The predecessor, established in 1977, was responsible for national cadastral surveys, protection of the property rights of the people, and effective management of the territory. Besides the above, the LX Corporation is also in charge of public functions for the development of the spatial information sector. Its roles include the consolidation of the sector with the other industries and the popularization of information and communication technology services based on location and geospatial information.

    It extends its services and expertise at international level as well by providing professional and technical services on land administration, registration, geo-information and management.

    Visit the following links for more news and information about our new partner:

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  • LAW logo horizontal On 14 September 2016, Legal Action Worldwide (LAW) became a GLTN member under the Urban International Civil Society cluster.

    Founded in 2013, LAW is an independent, non-profit organisation comprised of a network and think tank of prominent human rights lawyers and advisors. LAW provides innovative legal assistance to the least represented people, especially women and children, in fragile and conflict-affected states. The organization mobilises domestic, regional and global legal expertise to improve access to justice and obtain redress for people suffering from human rights violations and abuses. LAWs thematic focuses are gender-based violence and Housing Land and Property (HLP) issues.

    LAW has so far held two roundtables on increasing access to justice for HLP related disputes and violations in Somalia and is a member of the HLP Working Group in Mogadishu. The organization is currently working with UN-Habitat, operating under the Joint Programme of Local Governance and Decentralised Service Delivery (JPLG), the Benadir Regional Authority in Mogadishu and the Ministries of Interior in Somaliland and Puntland on a project addressing urban land dispute resolution.

    LAW has extensive involvement in addressing land disputes and land conflict in the Somali context and is currently in the process of expanding areas of operation and focus to include several additional countries in the East and Horn of Africa and the Middle East.

    For more information on Legal Action Worldwide (LAW), visit

  • GLTN and UN-Habitat’s Regional Office for the Arab States sign agreement. 

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    Dyfed Aubrey, Acting Director of the UN-Habitat’s Regional Office for the Arab States (left) and Oumar Sylla, Unit Leader, Land and Global Land Tool Network after signing the collaboration agreement Photo ©UNHABITAT/Ombretta Tempra

    UN-Habitat’s Regional Office for the Arab States (ROAS) and the Global Land Tool Network have entered into an agreement that will further strengthen and streamline the way UN-Habitat and GLTN address land issues in the Arab region. Formalized on 16th June 2016 in Nairobi, by UN-Habitat Acting Director of the Cairo-based ROAS office, Dyfed Aubrey and GLTN Leader, Oumar Sylla, the agreement builds on an ongoing, well established collaboration between the two offices. The agreement commits USD 275,000 towards six areas of focus over the next eighteen months.

    With land underpinning all the key aspects of urban development such as housing, economic development, education and transport, responsible land governance is central to prevention, mitigation and resolution of violent conflicts and social unrest. It’s on the basis of the above considerations that these funds were committed by the two UN-Habitat offices.

    Priority areas of focus during this period will be improving access to land and tenure security in the Arab States with particular emphasis on conflict, displacement, migration, returns and cross cutting issues such as gender responsive interventions in these countries.

    Specifically, the catalytic activities that will be implemented under this partnership are capacity development of partners and UN-Habitat personnel in the region in addressing land issues; development and expansion of the streams of work related to land and conflict, housing, and land and property rights in the region; development, adaptation and piloting of conflict-sensitive land tools in select countries such as Iraq; strengthening women’s access to land(with the finalization of a set of context specific guidelines and the establishment of broad and cross-sectoral partnerships); joint resource mobilization; and undertaking priority research on land.


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