Invitation to workshop “Commitment to Action: Land and Property Rights for Sustainable Development”

[registration and program below]

Dear colleagues and friends,

The Global Land Tool Network (GLTN), in partnership with the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN HABITAT), the Norwegian Mapping Authority (NMA) and Habitat Norway (HN) have the great pleasure to invite you to a workshop on “Land and Property Rights for Sustainable Development”, to take place on January 30th from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm, Hammersborggata 9, Oslo.  This event will mark the global partnership entry into the “SDG Action Decade towards 2030”.

The workshop is arranged in conjunction with GLTN’s annual physical Steering Committee meeting and corresponds with the Network’s 15th anniversary. GLTN was initiated at an international conference in Vettre, Asker in 2005 organized by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since then, its 82 diverse partners have collaborated with a common focus of improving land and tenure security of marginalized groups in both urban and rural contexts.

With more than 70% of the global population lacking legally recognized documentation for the land they live on or use for production, land and tenure insecurity presents a significant obstacle to efforts to create acceptable living conditions for all. Forced evictions and “land grabbing” take place on almost on all continents, resulting in the loss of safe and stable environments for children and youth to grow up in. Women’s rights are particularly vulnerable in these situations, and in particular in contexts affected by human conflict and natural disasters. Guaranteed rights to land and property (secure tenure) will improve ordinary people’s opportunities to invest in and improve their housing situation.  These are amongst the challenges and opportunities to be presented and deliberated upon during the workshop.

All three organizers of the workshop – GLTN, NMA and HN – share the goal of promoting sustainable development with a focus on improving living conditions in the rural-urban continuum. The Sustainable Development Goals, the New Urban Agenda, the Sendai and the Paris Declarations on Disaster and Climate respectively constitute a valuable normative frame for our partnership.

The workshop will highlight practical cases and approaches to addressing emerging challenges in the land ecosystem (conflict, displacement, climate change) to ensure tenure security for all within the framework of the SDGs, from technologically advanced information systems to concrete experiences and practice in the field.

We kindly request that you register via the registration form below or directly on before January 28th, 2020. 

In addition, we would also like to welcome you to a showing of the film ‘The Rebel Optimist’ the evening before on Wednesday January 29th at 19:00 pm, at FolkOslo in Youngstorget. A separate invitation follows. 


Kåre Kyrkjeeide (NMA)
Oumar Sylla (GLTN)
Erik Berg (HN)


Workshop Land and Property Rights for Sustainable Development - Registration

Moderator: Jean du Plessis (Land and GLTN Unit, UN-Habitat)

Time Item Speaker(s)
9:00Welcome• Marit Elisabeth
Brandtzæg, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation
• Victor Kisob,
UN Habitat
• Kåre Kyrkjeeide,
Norwegian Mapping Authority
• Erik Berg, Habitat
9:20Overview, the global
state of affairs
• Harold Liversage,
9:45 Land, property and
SDGs: opportunities toreduce the gap
between urban and
rural development
• Dr. Eugene Chigbu,
Technical University
of Munich
10:30Advancing land and
property rights: the
position of women 
• Mino Ramaroson, Huairou Commission: Building multi-
stakeholder approach to strengthen
women’s land rights
• Javier Molina Cruz, Head of Land Tenure Section, UN-FAO:
Women’s land rights
in the VGGT: Lessons
from countries
11:00 Advancing land and property rights: the position of youth • Prof. Stein Holden, Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norway:
Lifting barriers for
youth access to land
from the Ethiopian experiences
11:30 Break
12:00 Affordable technologyfor inclusive land
administration and
• Diane Dumashie,
Vice President FIG:
Fit-for-Purpose land
approach to reduce
the data gap
• [tbc] Norwegian Mapping Authority: Land information and geospatial in transitioning countries
14:00 Facing emerging
issues in the land
sector: climate
change, conflict,
peace and stability,
indigenous land

• Siraj Sait, University of East London:
Linkage between
land tenure and
climate change
• Nonette Royo,
Tenure Facility,
Mechanisms for
protecting Indigenousland rights in the
context of forest
• Oumar Sylla, GLTN:
Towards a coherent
engagement of UN in addressing land and
• Christian
Graefen (BMZ/GIZ):
Integration of land
and property in the
context of reconstruc-tion in the Arab
15:30Closing remarksMona Brøther,
Norwegian Mapping Authority