In November 1995, over one thousand representatives of civil society, governments, and multilateral institutions came together in Brussels, Belgium for a Conference on Hunger and Poverty. The conference participants, recognising the importance of equitable access to land for rural development, resolved to create an alliance of civil society and intergovernmental agencies: The Popular Coalition to Eradicate Hunger and Poverty.
The conference called for urgent action to empower the rural poor by increasing their access to productive assets, especially land, water and common-property resources, and by strengthening their participation in decision-making processes at local, national, regional and international levels. In 2003, the Popular Coalition to Eradicate Hunger and Poverty was renamed the International Land Coalition (ILC), in recognition of its strategic focus on land access issues.
ILC, hosted by IFAD, is now a coalition of 207 organisations representing 64 countries, working together to promote secure and equitable access to land for rural people, mainly through capacity building, knowledge sharing and advocacy.
Over the past decades, the International Land Coalition (ILC) has advanced its mission by promoting secure access to land for rural people through capacity building, dialogue, and advocacy. The shared vision of its members is that secure and equitable access to land, and control over land, reduce poverty and contribute to identity, dignity, and inclusion. ILC strives to overcome any practices in its operations or those of its members that perpetuate the marginalisation of any section of society, and in particular of women.
The International Land Coalition organises its work and governance through an Assembly of members, Coalition Council, Regional Platforms, and Secretariat.
STRATEGY 2016-2021:PEOPLE-CENTRED LAND GOVERNANCE
The collective goal of ILC as a network is to realise land governance for and with people at the country level, responding to the needs and protecting the rights of those who live on and from the land.
Across the diversity of ILC’s network of over 200 civil society and intergovernmental organisations, the members have defined a common goal :PEOPLE CENTRED LAND GOVERNANCE.
People-centred land governance responds to the needs, and protects the rights, of the women, men and communities who live on and from the land, respecting that they should be the ultimate decision-makers on how their land and natural resources are used.
ILC’s members agreed on 10 commitments in priority areas of action. The 10 commitments are an expression of the common vision, and guide ILC’s work at all levels of action under Strategy for 2016-2021. The commitments being:
SECURE TENURE RIGHTS
STRONG SMALL-SCALE FARMING SYSTEMS
DIVERSE TENURE SYSTEMS
EQUAL LAND RIGHTS FOR WOMEN
SECURE TERRITORIAL RIGHTS FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLE
LOCALLY MANAGED ECOSYSTEMS
TRANSPARENT AND ACCESSIBLE INFORMATION
EFFECTIVE ACTIONS AGAINST LAND GRABBING
PROTECTION FOR LAND RIGHTS DEFENDERS
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