Land rights in the Post-2015 Agenda

Once adopted, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the post-2015 Agenda will shape international and national policies to eradicate poverty and promote development. Over the last years, many ILC members and partners have been involved in discussions over Targets and Indicators of this agenda. In Antigua, Members asked the Coalition to advocate for the inclusion of land rights in the post-2015 Agenda. We are doing it, on the basis of our collective work on land monitoring, our mission to promote secure and equitable access to and control over land, and the recently approved Antigua Declaration, which defined the concept of people-centred land governance.

This brief is the result of an intense dialogue with Members and partners, including through a membership-wide consultation carried out in February 2014 on this matter. This brief, authored by the ILC Secretariat together with the Rights and Resource Initiative and Oxfam, calls for the inclusion of a Target (1) and four indicators (4) on land tenure, by building on and expanding the work done by the Global Land Indicator Initiative, led by the ILC Member GLTN. This Target and the four indicators are feasible to measure and capable of capturing a wide array of concerns related to land rights in rural and urban settings, including the need to ensure greater gender equality, considering individual and collective rights, and ensuring a transformative agenda that reaches those most reliant on land-based resources. They can be used under multiple Goals.

We invite all ILC members and partners to disseminate this brief, and use it in your dialogue with national delegations. Some Members have also decided to add their logo to the brief, so as to endorse this proposal in their own right (please see below). 

We hope that this brief can facilitate a broad consensus among delegations on such an important topic. Some Members have worked on the Post-2015 debate for several months, and from various angles. These contributions are relevant to land governance, all of which contribute to the inclusion of land rights in the Post-2015 agenda, as requested by members in Antigua. You can learn more about Members’ submissions to the Post-2015 debate here. We invite you to contact us if you would like your work to be made visible in our website or if you are engaged in the process and want to know more about ILC’s work on the Post-2015 development goals.