SDG land indicator 1.4.2 [ID: 398]


The objective of this page is to share timely information about the SDG land indicator 1.4.2 – and occasionally on 5.a.1 – and support their reclassification currently from Tier II to Tier I by October 2020. This page will be regularly updated with the key achievements and next milestones towards the reclassification.

Multiple stakeholders in the international land community, including the Global Donor Working Group on Land, have advocated the SDG land indicator 1.4.2. In March 2017, the Group decided to set up an informal committee – the Friends of the Custodians (FoC) – to support the custodian agencies of SDG indicator 1.4.2 (World Bank and UN-Habitat) in achieving the reclassification through an inclusive process. Members of the FoC are: Chris Penrose-Buckley (DFID), Everlyne Nairesiae (The Global Land Indicators Initiative), Jennifer Lisher (The Millennium Challenge Corporation), Caleb Stevens (USAID), Yuliya Panfil (Omidyar Network) and Ward Anseeuw (The International Land Coalition).

The Road to Tier I

Land indicators 1.4.2 and 5.a.1 need to reach tier I by 2020, which is the last step in ensuring that land tenure security is firmly part of the global SDG agenda. It requires 50 per cent of the countries in the world and 50 per cent of the total population in each region to report back to the data custodians and UN. This corresponds to a total of 99 countries: of which 27 in Africa, 27 in Asia and the Pacific, 13 in Central and Eastern Europe, 17 in Latin America and 15 in Western Europe and other OECD countries.
The custodians for the two land indicators (FAO, UN Habitat and World Bank) developed methodology and tools for measuring land indicators and organized capacity building for National Statistical Organizations (NSO).
Household surveys are a key source of data for both 1.4.2 (with a focus on administrative data, but also perceptions) and 5.a.1 (with a focus on agriculture and gender) and a joined consolidated module has been developed for use by NSO.
The challenge now is to mobilize enough support to help develop the capacity of NSO in strategic countries to collect all the necessary data.

Latest updates

Coordination meeting in Rome
On 15 October, the custodian agencies of indicator 1.4.2 and the Global Donor Working Group on Land are organizing a meeting to advance the coordination in data collection for both indicators 1.4.2 and 5.a.1. The meeting also aims at raising awareness and funding commitments to develop the capacity of National Statistical Offices in several countries to be able to collect data for these indicators.

Relevant resources

Special website sections: Both the Donor Platform and the Land Portal, jointly with GLTN, are preparing special website sections to share updates on the SDG land indicators. While the Donor Platform will focus on 1.4.2, the Land Portal/GLTN page will provide a broader overview of all indicators related to land tenure (under Goals 2, 5, 11 and 15). If your organisation is also keen to share info on the SDG land indicators and help us increase visibility to this topic in the Internet, please contact or

Downloads SDG Land Indicator [ID: 399]



  • Reclassification step-by-step (PPT, 2.2 MiB) This PPT from Robert Ndugwa (UN-Habitat), prepared in March 2017, provides a quick and easy-to-understand overview of the reclassification process of indicator 1.4.2. Although the timeline is slightly outdated for 2017, the PPT shows the key milestones to be achieved in 2018.
  • Strategies for compiling administrative data (PDF, 215.2 KiB) A readout from this EGM will be shared soon by the custodian agencies. The FoC had access to at least one presentation – by Klaus Deininger (WB) – on strategies for compiling administrative data.

Event reports

Docs & Data


  • Policy Brief No. 14: SDG land indicator (PDF, 573.0 KiB) During the last years, the land community has been mobilised to ensure that land rights are effectively addressed in the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As a member of the land community, the Global Donor Working Group on Land is committed to supporting the inclusion of land tenure security and associated indicators in such an important global agenda.