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Securing Land and Property Rights for All

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The 6th Partners’ Meeting of the Global Land Tool Network was successfully held in Nairobi from 3rd to 5th November 2015. This biennial event all saw the 70 Partners of the network as well as other stakeholders in the land sector across the world gather at the UN Complex Gigiri, Nairobi to deliberate on various issues affecting the network and the land sector general. There were various pre and post events as well as side events running concurrently to the main partner’s events.

Dr. Joan Clos, Executive Director of UN-Habitat addresses the GLTN Partners ta the opening of the three-day meeting
Dr. Joan Clos, Executive Director of UN-Habitat addresses the GLTN Partners ta the opening of the three-day meeting. Photo:UN-Habitat/Julius Mwelu

The first day had the opening session where various high-level representatives graced the ceremony. The Speakers included Ambassador Konrad Paulsen from the Embassy of Chile who chairs the International Advisory Board of GLTN, Dr. Joan Clos, Executive Director of UN-Habitat, Dr. Aisa Kirabo Kacyira, Deputy Executive Director of UN-Habitat. The key-note address was delivered by Marie France Mubenga Kamwanya, Senior Lands Advisor to the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Other speakers at this session included Joan Kagwanja from the Land Policy Initiative (LPI) and Louisa Jansen from the Food and Agriculture Organization. This opening session underscored high level support to GLTN from UN-Habitat, contextualized the relevance of GLTN work to global and regional processes and agendas as well as country-level engagement.

The second session sought to review the objectives of the meeting against the expectations of the various participants. This was followed by various presentations from the cluster leaders; GLTN Partners are grouped into five logical clusters: bilateral organizations, international professional bodies, international training and research institutions, multilateral organizations and rural and urban international civil societies. The GLTN secretariat then made a brief presentation of the achievements by GLT N since the last Partners’ Meeting held in The Hague, Netherlands in 2013.

In the last session of the day, the land and tenure security question was put in the context of the current global development processes. In this moderated session, various speakers contextualized the debate in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) and the Voluntary Guidelines on the responsible Governance of Tenure of land, fisheries and forests in the context of national food security in urban and peri-urban areas (VGGTs). The discussions revolved around the impact of these processes on the work of GLTN, identified the roles and opportunities for the Partners to engage in at these global processes and proposed a way forward.

GLTN Partners Photo:UN-Habitat/Julius Mwelu
GLTN Partners Photo:UN-Habitat/Julius Mwelu

Contact Info:

Location: Gigiri, UN Complex
Office: NOF South Wing Block 3
Telephone: +254 207623858
Email: gltn[at]unhabitat.org

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