Reducing Inequality in a Turbulent World: Scaling-up strategies to secure indigenous, community, and women’s land rights
OCTOBER 4-5, 2017
THE 3RD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON COMMUNITY LAND AND RESOURCE RIGHTS
The Stockholm Conference is the largest international conference advancing joint efforts to secure the land and resource rights of Indigenous Peoples, local communities, and rural women.
The plenaries will focus on the role of community land rights in addressing inequality, advancing inclusive growth, and the particular role of corporations and investors in securing community land rights:
- Confronting inequality: How community and Indigenous People’s land rights, and women’s rights within those lands, are central to achieving widespread peace and prosperity: This session will open the conference, discuss the importance of community land rights for achieving the global Sustainable Development Goals, and lay groundwork for the strategy sessions ahead.
- The Download: This session will highlight promising strategies, tools and practices to scale up efforts to secure rights.
- Unearthed: Emerging Experience of Leading Companies and Investors to Support the Recognition of Community Land Rights: This session will explore cases of investors and company efforts to improve initial due diligence, implement consensual decision-making processes, promote recognition of community rights, and define the business case for more inclusive development models. The discussion will focus on how to expand and leverage these ground level corporate good practices.
Three strategy sessions will take stock of global efforts and develop action plans to address challenges and seize opportunities for securing land rights on a larger scale. The role and self-interest of companies and investors in expanding and strengthening community land rights will be a cross-cutting theme in all the strategy sessions.
- Session 1: Rural and indigenous women’s rights and leadership in collective lands. This session aims to assess the status of women’s rights in practice, law and in the development agenda and propose new efforts to advance gender justice. Women play a leading role in managing and protecting customary forests and other natural resources, which makes securing their rights within communities a key strategy to advance climate and development goals.
- Session 2: Strategies and mechanisms to scale-up implementation from local to national level. Many governments now provide legal frameworks calling for the respect of indigenous and community land rights, but implementation at scale is a common challenge across the world, both for civil society and private sector actors. This session aims to identify lessons from the emerging experience to develop strategies to scale-up efforts from the community to national levels, including company best practices.
- Session 3: Connecting and leveraging international support structures to advance indigenous and community land rights. This session will explore cases of investors and company efforts to improve initial due diligence, implement consensual decision-making processes, promote recognition of community rights, and define the business case for more inclusive development models. The discussion will focus on how to expand and leverage these ground level corporate good practices.
For awareness, a Sida Development Talks on land rights is taking place in advance of the conference on October 3. Registration for this event is open until September 27 on this link.
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