Land and Property Rights in the Context of a Global Economic Recovery

By: Jamal Browne

UN Secretary General delivers a presentation to world leaders gathered in Davos, Switzerland on the occasion of the 2015 edition of The World Economic Forum on January 23 (Photo Credit: United Nations News Centre) UN Secretary General delivers a presentation to world leaders gathered in Davos, Switzerland on the occasion of the 2015 edition of The World Economic Forum on January 23 (Photo Credit: United Nations News Centre)

As governments the world over continue to pursue the right combination of economic policies, social programmes and other key elements of their sustainable development agendas, the centrality of land within modern development paradigms ought not to be overlooked. This is a particularly urgent caveat for developing countries, where core industries are highly dependent on land and its associated natural resources.

Land policy instruments such as the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security, and the Framework and Guidelines on Land Policy in Africa (F&Gs) are prime examples of substantial global and continental efforts at promoting socio-economic development via consensus.

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