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Over the last few months GLTN has been involved in several initiatives related to land issues in Africa. The reason for this is the thematic focus on Land and Africa in the 2008-2009 agenda of the sixteenth session of the Commission on Sustainable development (CSD-16). GLTN and its partners have been preparing for CSD-16 through a series of activities. An Expert Group Meeting was held on Land for sustainable urbanisation in Africa where key messages for transmission to CSD-16 were drafted. A study was commissioned to assess the social and economic impacts of land titling and home ownership programmes in urban and peri-urban areas of developing countries including case studies in Senegal and South Africa. A regional training program on Transparency in Land Administration was carried out in Ghana. Based on Kenyan experiences, a guide was published on How to Develop a Pro-poor Land Policy. A workshop was held in Tanzania together with FIG on gendering land tools and an expert group meeting was organised in partnership with CASLE focusing on Land Registrars in Africa.

All this lead to the publication of "Secure land rights for all" which will be launched at CSD-16 in New York on 6 May 2008. The publication contains 10 key messages which will be widely disseminated to decision makers at the conference. Three side events will be organised by GLTN partners and the GLTN sponsored participants will be actively involved in discussions with policy makers.

As reported in the last GLTN News, this year started very sadly with the post election violence in Kenya. GLTN was asked to brief the mediation team, lead by Kofi Annan, on the land issues and how a possible way forward could be negotiated. The key findings from the briefing were that the land issue had to be put firmly on the table of negotiating parties, which was done, and thereafter swiftly moving to implementation of pilots and upscaling over the next 12 months to bring reconciliation in Kenya

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