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April 2014

Organizations Call for Inclusion of Community Land Rights in the UN’s Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda

Washington, D.C. (17 April, 2014)—A new policy brief released by the Rights and Resources Initiative  (RRI), Oxfam, and the Secretariat of the International Land Coalition (ILC) calls for the inclusion of “community land rights” in the United Nations’ Post-2015 Development Agenda, terming it critical to eradicating poverty and respecting earth’s life support systems.

The UN’s Millennium Development Goals are set to expire in 2015, and the development of the goals that should follow them is currently underway by the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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September 2013

At Global Conference, Organizers Call for Doubling the Land Owned or Managed by Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities

Interlaken, Switzerland (20 September, 2013)—At an international conference on community land and resource rights, organizers called for doubling the amount of land recognized as owned or controlled by Indigenous Peoples and local communities by 2018. Determining the current amount of land in this category is just as important as doubling it—while the amount of forests or agricultural land has been established, a thorough catalogue of all land types under indigenous or local control has not been a priority until this point.

“Community land rights are a global concern,” said Duncan Pruett, Policy Advisor on Land Rights for Oxfam. “As natural resource development—national and international land transactions establishing logging operations, mines and agricultural plantations—extends to almost every corner of the globe, we need to secure the rights of the people who live on the land. This is an age-old problem whose urgency only increases as the demand for resources skyrockets.”

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