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Jakarta, Indonesia - Regional multi-stakeholder meetings feature the critical role of land governance in the country’s quest for sustainable development including on the New Urban Agenda on 18-22 October 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia. Hundreds of participants from various sectors, mostly from the Asia and the Pacific Region, took the opportunity to discuss current and emerging urban development challenges and opportunities to inform the New Urban Agenda.

Land agenda scores in the Asia-Pacific regional meetings
Break-out session during the Regional Forum on Land Administration and Management in Rural and Urban Areas. Photo: UN-Habitat/Danilo Antonio

With the theme “Sustainable Urban Development in Asia-Pacific: Towards a New Urban Agenda”, the Sixth Asia Pacific Urban Forum (19-21 October) clearly highlighted the emerging issues related to sustainable urban development in the region including land issues. APUF-6 conference was followed by the Habitat III Asia Pacific Regional Meeting (21-22 October) which presented opportunities to gather regional perspectives on current and emerging urbanization issues that should be addressed in the New Urban Agenda. APUF-6, in its Call for Action, recommended “Government at all levels should implement fit-for-purpose programmes that improve land governance, including recording and recognizing people-to-land relationships in all its forms”. On a similar note, Habitat III Asia Pacific Regional Meeting advocated for a radical shift in the way cities are planned, developed and managed, with people seen as change agents rather than beneficiaries including the adoption of appropriate land governance policies and approaches. The results of both meetings will feed into the Habitat III preparatory process and inform the drafting of its Outcome in 2016.  

Prior to these meetings, a two-day Regional Forum on Land Administration and Management in Rural and Urban Areas was organized mainly by Asian NGO Coalition for Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (ANGOC), a GLTN partner-organization, to sensitize various land stakeholders from rural and urban civil society organizations, government authorities and inter-governmental organizations on the importance of good land governance policies and interventions to facilitate tenure security improvement of the urban and rural poor.

GLTN partners, particularly at regional level, took the opportunity to promote the Network agenda during the events including the launching of a new publication, ‘Land Tenure in Asia and the Pacific: Challenges, Opportunities and Way Forward’. The publication can be downloaded in this link.


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