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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.

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