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FAO: e-consultation on the zero draft of the Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land and other Natural Resources

arton3386Organized by FAO, the e-consultation seeks to gather comments on the zero draft and allows interested parties to contribute to the drafting of the voluntary guidelines.

The secretariat of the Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land and other Natural Resources welcomes all interested parties – who were not able to attend the regional consultations – to participate in the e-consultation on the zero draft until 16 May.

Fifteen regional and thematic multi-stakeholder consultation meeting were organized between September 2009 and November 2010 to assess the priorities of the voluntary guidelines and to review specific features of governance of tenure in each region. Based on these consultation meetings, a zero draft of the Voluntary Guidelines has been prepared.

Comments will be considered in the first draft, which will be submitted to the open-ended working group of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) for review. The work will peak in the CFS-led plenary negotiations in July 2011. Final text of the voluntary guidelines will be submitted for the consideration of the 37th session of the CFS in October 2011.

The e-consultation website will be available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. Comments may be submitted in any of those languages.

Further information is available online.

For FAO publications on governance and land tenure, click here.

Civil Society Organizations’ Proposals to the FAO Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Land and Natural Resources Tenure

The document Civil Society Organizations’ Proposals to the FAO Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Land and Natural Resources Tenure is one contribution of civil society to the process towards the adoption of “Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land and other Natural Resources.” This document was independently produced to inform the FAO drafting process with the views of civil society organizations and is now available. Since 2005, the FAO has been working on raising awareness of the importance of good governance of land and natural resource tenure. In 2009 the FAO launched an initiative to adopt Voluntary Guidelines for the Governance of Land and other Natural Resources Tenure (VG), which are expected to become a broad agreement jointly shared by governments, civil society and international organisations and approved by FAO member nations and other interested parties. The process leading up to the adoption of these guidelines comprises different steps. An important phase just finished, included 10 Regional Consultations and 5 separate consultations with civil society (4) and private sector (1) between 2009- 2010. The purpose of the consultations was to identify key issues in the regions they were held and identify good practices and possible solutions.

Based on the four reports the international facilitating team prepared the first draft for wide online consultation between September – November 2010. The second draft including the feedback was prepared in December 2010, then discussed and validated in regional meetings facilitated by the members of the International Facilitating Team.

The final version, containing the Proposals of CSO formulated in thirteen Guidelines addressing Overarching Principles, Specific Policy Issues and Accountability can be found here.

See also:

Civil Society Organizations Proposals to the FAO Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Land and Natural Resources Tenure

Annex of the document Civil Society Organizations’ Proposals to the FAO Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Land and Natural Resources Tenure

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