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CIS Regional Assessment for the FAO Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land and other Natural Resources








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    European Regional Assessment for the FAO Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land and other Natural Resources 2010
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    FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) and other development partners are working together with countries to prepare Voluntary Guidelines that will provide practical guidance to states, civil society, the private sector, donors and development specialists on the responsible governance of tenure. By setting out principles and internationally accepted standards for responsible practices, the Voluntary Guidelines will provide a framework and point of reference that stakeholde rs can use when developing their own policies and actions. Regional consultations on the proposed Voluntary Guidelines are an important part of the process. They bring together regionally representative, multidisciplinary groups to assess regional priorities and issues that should be considered when the Voluntary Guidelines are drafted. The regional consultation for Europe was hosted by the National Agency for Cadastre and Land Registration, Romania, and was opened by Ms Irina Alexe, the Se cretary of State, Ministry of Administration and Interior. The consultation was cosponsored by the National Agency for Cadastre and Land Registration, Romania; GTZ (Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit) and BMZ (Ministry for Economic Development), Germany; the World Bank and FAO. It was attended by 91 people from 28 countries and territories of the region who contributed their substantial knowledge and experience of the public sector, private sector, civil society and academia. Regional pa rticipants came from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and United Kingdom.
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    Near East Regional Assessment for the FAO Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land and Other Natural Resources 2010
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    The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and several development partners are working together with countries to prepare Voluntary Guidelines that will provide practical guidance to states, civil society, the private sector, academic and research institutions, donors and development specialists on the responsible governance of tenure. By setting out principles and internationally accepted standards for responsible practices, the Voluntary Guidelines will provide a fram ework and point of reference that stakeholders can use when developing their own policies and actions. Regional consultations on the proposed Voluntary Guidelines are an important part of the process. They bring together regionally representative, multidisciplinary groups to assess regional priorities and issues that should be considered when the Voluntary Guidelines are drafted. The regional consultation for the Near East and North Africa was organized by Birzeit University, hosted by th e University of Jordan under the patronage of H.E. Mr. Ali El-Ghzawi, Minister of Municipal Affairs. The consultation was attended by 42 experts from 11 countries (Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates) who brought a rich and extensive range of expertise derived from their experience in the public sector, private sector, civil society and academia. The workshop provided an opportunity for the participants to discuss their ideas and share their experiences which led to the formulation of common conclusions reflecting the region’s specificities and its related priorities.
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    Central America and the Caribbean Regional Assessment for the FAO Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land and other Natural Resources 2010
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    Concentration of land ownership, lack of access, insecurity of tenure and lack of efficiency and transparency in land administration services, are among the obstacles towards responsible governance of tenure of land and other natural resources in Latin America. These issues have been the subject of discussions and policy recommendations during many international forums, such as the International Conference on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (ICARRD) held in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in March 2 006. In this regard, FAO, together with other development organizations, is preparing Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land and other Natural Resources. The process towards the Voluntary Guidelines is carried out in collaboration with governments, civil society, private sector, and international organizations, and will be adopted by the FAO Member States. The Voluntary Guidelines are intended to provide practical guidance on responsible governance of tenure as a means of responding to global challenges of our time. These guidelines will be consistent with the wide range of international instruments, and will adopt a human rights-based approach. They will be a further elaboration of the Right to Food Guidelines and will be a follow up to the recommendations from ICARRD. The content of the Voluntary Guidelines will draw on multi-stakeholder regional consultation meetings, civil society consultations, private sector consultation and expert group meet ings. Once drafted, the Voluntary Guidelines will be submitted for FAO member countries’ approval. Upon adoption of the Voluntary Guidelines, FAO and its partners will support their implementation through national action plans, through the Organization’s extensive partnership networks and through related project activities.

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