Platform Policy Brief
Land in a post-2015 framework
By the global donor working group on land
// Land at the heart of sustainable development
Following a spike in the global interest in land and learning the lessons from the broadly successfulMDGs, the international community is now increasingly recognizing how central the responsible gov-ernance of tenure of land and other natural resources is for sustainable development.This was confirmed through the adoption of the
(VGGT) as thefirst ever globally agreed standards for the responsible governance of tenure of land. The VGGTare intended to promote secure tenure rights and equitable access to land, fisheries andforests.The process on sustainable development which has accelerated since Rio in June 2012 hasfurther emphasized the need to address land under a post-2015 framework.
Entry points for land in a new global framework
agreed in2013 that the world’s foremost goal post-2015 should be the eradication of extreme poverty.People who live in poverty are always on the edge, vulnerable to shocks and losing their assets.The HLP report proposes a target on “secure rights to land, property, and other assets” as abuilding block for people to lift themselves out of poverty. It emphasises land and propertyrights for women, with a second land target under a gender equality goal.
stresses the need to improveagricultural systems and to increase rural prosperity while eliminating the discrimination ofwomen in land rights.
equally proposes a target on “full and equal access of women to owner-ship, property rights and land titles”.
facilitated by the Global Land Tool Network, aims to build-ing stakeholder consensus on relevant indicators to support the land and property related targetsin the post-2015 development agenda.
underlines the need toaddress land as an emerging consensus. A post-2015 framework should:• Be universal yet responsive to regional and national capacities and priorities• Be ambitious yet simple in design• Prioritize ending poverty and reducing inequality• Protect the planet, including its biodiversity, land and water• Be rights-basedThis consensus offers many entry points for secure land tenure and property rights and responsi-ble governance to be prominently represented in a new global framework.
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This policy brief was drafted byIris Krebber (DFID) and ChristianSchulze (Platform secretariat),reflecting the views of the mem-bers of the global donor workinggroup on land.