ILC provides a space where some of the most difficult land-related issues can be brought to the table for open and constructive dialogue. ILC is a coalition where diversity is its strength, because when we reach consensus it is all the more powerful in shaping the global land rights and land governance agenda.
The Global Land Forum and Assembly of Members is an occasion that brings members together to build consensus around these issues – and the Tirana and Antigua Declarations are particularly important in this regard – setting the global agenda on key issues such as land grabbing and inclusive land governance.
Assembly of Members 2015, Dakar, Senegal
The Dakar Declaration was issued by ILC members at the international conference "Land Governance for Inclusive Development, Justice and Sustainability: Time for Action". The declaration highlights a strong commitment to the promotion, protection and monitoring of land and natural resource rights in the post-2015 development agenda and is guided by the fundamental principle of leaving no one behind.
Assembly of Members 2013, Antigua, Guatemala
The Antigua Declaration was issued by ILC members at the conference " Inclusive and Sustainable Territorial Governance for Food Security: Sharing Lessons from Around the World". The declaration recognised the need for land to be looked at not just as a productive asset, but to be valued for the various functions that it performs, including cultural, spiritual, and ecological functions. It also highlighted land as a means of establishing the dignity and inclusiveness of people.
Assembly of Members 2011, Tirana, Albania
The Tirana Declaration was issued by ILC members at the international conference "Securing Land Access in Times of Intensified Natural Resource Competition". The Declaration noted that land and other natural resources were scarce and under threat and called on all actors to actively promote pro-poor, people-centered and environmentally sustainable governance of land. The Declaration soundly denounced the growing practice of “land grabbing” and included a commonly agreed upon definition of this phenomenon.
Assembly of Members 2009, Kathmandu, Nepal
The Kathmandu Declaration was issued by ILC members at the international conference "Securing Land Rights for Peace and Food Security". The Declaration highlighted a collective commitment to work together for land rights and peace. It declared that providing secure access to land and natural resources for producers is a vital step to finding lasting peaceful solutions to addressing rural poverty.
Assembly of Members 2007, Entebbe, Uganda
The Entebbe declaration was issued by ILC members at the international conference " Land, Dignity and Development: Putting a Pro-Poor Land Agenda Into Practice". The Declaration recognized land as a central asset to farmers and as the key factor of production in farming as a business. It acknowledged that land in the region was under several forms of ownership, including communal land, public land and private land and declared that the access to, and ownership of land for small scale farmers, is key to addressing hunger and poverty.
Declaration for Collective Action
Latin America & Caribbean Regional Assembly of Members 2005, Santa Cruz, Bolivia
The Declaration for Collective Action was issued by ILC members at the conference "Land is Life". It recognized land as a point around which there are many complex social, economic, cultural and political relations. It also emphasized the need for the Land Coalition to ensure that diversity of viewpoints on land and its role in development are not only voiced, but also listened to.