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 Land and Housing at the Core of the New Habitat Agenda:

Recommendations and Key Messages 

July 27th, 8:30-9:30 – Crystal Room 2 at the PrepCom 3 - Surabaya, Indonesia

Land is a key driver of urban and rural development. Securing land-tenure rights for all is key to enhancing resilience to the impacts of climate change, mediate competing interests, while ensuring transparency and accountability. Effective land-use planning and control can minimize hazard-prone land, which is essential to ensure sustainable and safe cities and human settlements for men and women of diverse economic, social and cultural backgrounds.

For women, especially women living in poverty, access, ownership, inheritance and control over land has transformative effects on their wellbeing, economic and social status, resilience to disaster and climate threats, and for the development of the community and society at large.


  1. Ms. Katia Araujo – Huairou Commission, Director of Programs (Moderator)
  2. Mr. Oumar Sylla – GLTN Secretariat/ UN Habitat, Unit Leader, Land and GLTN Unit, Urban Legislation, Land and Governance Branch
  3. Ms. Beth Roberts – Landesa, Attorney, Land Tenure Specialist
  4. Ms. Lara Shankar – Habitat for Humanity India, Director of Strategic Management Unit, HFH India
  5. Ms. Nathaniel Don Marquez – Asian NGO Coalition, Executive Director 
  6. Ms. Shivani Chaudhry – Habitat International Coalition- Housing and Land Rights Network, Executive Director, HLRN-India 

The panel will analyze the centrality of ensuring tenure security and rights to adequate and affordable land and housing for the success of the New Habitat Agenda, and describe good practices, tools and links to policy instruments that promote secure tenure for all and responsible land governance.

Contact Info:

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

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