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3 October 2017

Development Talks: Land rights — combating climate change and advancing peace and gender equality

This Development Talks will focus on how climate change, conflict and weak gender rights drive inequality, and how securing land and forest rights can be a solution. It will bring together an unusual mix of speakers from different countries and sectors to discuss both trends and practical solutions.

Today nearly a third of the world’s population does not have secure rights to the lands and forests they customarily claim. Secure indigenous and community land rights are often a pre-requisite for reducing deforestation and mitigating climate change; for enabling women’s economic and social empowerment, and for building peaceful and democratic societies.

Demand for land and other natural resources in developing countries has increased in recent years, placing pressure on these resources, and fueling conflict over them. Rising violence linked to conflicting claims can be deadly for rural environmental defenders, and costly for investors and others whose reputations and financial health are placed at risk by such conflicts.

Losing property rights mean losing many other rights as citizens, including the means to clothe and feed your families. Insecure indigenous and community land rights thus undermine progress to reach the Global Goals for sustainable development.

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Från 3 oktober 2017 vid 07:30 till 3 oktober 2017 vid 10:00


Valhallavägen 199
115 53



09:00 Registration and coffee

09:30 Welcome and introduction
Moderator: Johan Kuylenstierna, SEI

9:35 Opening remarks
Carin Jämtin, Director General, Sida

09:45 Key note speeches: Why secure land rights are important and the importance to involve different actors.
Ulrika Modéer, State Secretary to the Minister for International Development Cooperation, Sweden
Darren Walker, CEO, Ford Foundation

10:05 The effects on development : Why land and natural resource tenure affect so many aspects of development.
Andy White, Coordinator, Rights and Resources Initiative

10:10 Why secure tenure matters – Five perspectives
Climate change: Peter Veit, WRI (to be confirmed)
Conflict: Mads Christensen, Executive Director of Greenpeace Nordic
Women’s land rights: Myrna Cunningham, CADPI
Indigenous Peoples land rights: Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Development Finance Institution: Mark Constantine, IFC

11:00 Coffee break

11:15 Panel debate: How to put this into practise?
Eleni Kyrou, Senior Social Development Specialist, European Investment Bank
Othello Brandy, Chairman, Liberia Land Authority
Nonette Royo, Executive Director, The Tenure Facility
Rachel Turner, Director for International Finance, DfID
Mikhail Tarasov, Global Forestry Manager, IKEA
Rukka Sombolinggi, SG of AMAN, the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago Indonesia

11:55 Closing
Moderator: Johan Kuylenstierna

12:00 End of Development Talks

The Development Talks will be followed in the afternoon by an in-depth, hands-on session: Securing Community Land and Resource Rights in Practice.

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