The new GLTN Strategy (2018-2030) comes at a dynamic moment. On the one hand, there remain many significant challenges in the land sector and in terms of ending poverty for all: one in seven households’ lives in slums or informal settlements (UNHabitat 2016). One in seven households is undernourished and without access to food and water (FAO 2011).
The scale of land governance is significant and it is growing exponentially, made worse by climate change. Furthermore, resources for the land sector appear to fluctuate while the group of actors seeking them has increased as competition grows.
On the other hand, and for the first time, land tenure security appears prominently in all the current global development agenda commitments. Five of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) make specific reference to and advance the role of land in sustainable development, with SDG Indicator 1.4.2 intended to directly track real progress in strengthening tenure security.
The New Urban Agenda focuses squarely on tenure security, housing and community development as key requirements for sustainable, inclusive and efficient cities. The Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGTs) have put land tenure at the ‘center’ of the planet’s efforts to secure food supplies and protect natural resources. Additionally, member countries have ratified the SGDs with a critical majority supporting the VGGTs and the NUA.
GLTN’s transition to a new Strategic Framework (2018-2030) thus comes an opportune time to capitalize on the Network’s successes and lessons as well as the emerging opportunities to drive a stronger pro-poor security of tenure agenda that delivers change for everyday people. GLTN has the network, experience, know-how and the tools to guide all levels of government both in urban and rural areas. Vibrant ideas, improved collaborative arrangements and innovative resources are now required to realize the Network’s unique potential and increase its vibrancy as an ongoing catalytic force.
The 2018 Partners meeting provides an opportunity for all GLTN partners to join in and be part of the collaborative energy, effort and impact. Together, we can explore how to deliver improved tenure security for all, at scale, for sustainable development.