This technical briefing authored by a number of international organizations working on food security, natural resources management and poverty eradication and endorsed by many local civil society organizations around the world strongly encourages governments to keep the profile of land and natural resources high in the document on sustainable development goals to be endorsed in September 2015.
Post-2015 Agenda must address the structural factors that undermine
sustainable development. It is widely recognized that secure and
equitable rights to land and natural resources are central to this
Land rights empower people and provide a sense of
dignity. They enhance food security and are fundamental to achieve the
right to food and increase the productivity of small-scale food
They provide an incentive for ecosystem stewardship, and they
promote inclusive and equitable societies whilst underpinning cultures
and value systems. In most countries of the world, land rights make the
difference for girls and women that need education, income and voice.
and equitable land rights, particularly for those living in poverty and
using and managing ecosystems, are an essential element of a Post-2015
Agenda that has the ambition to be people-centered and planet-sensitive.
realize its transformative potential, the Post-2015 Agenda should
ensure that all women, men, indigenous peoples and local communities
have secure rights to land, property, and natural resources necessary
for their livelihoods and well-being, and should devise a monitoring