Five years into the SDGs: are we on track to deliver the land targets? | Land Portal
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Landesa partners with governments and local organizations to ensure that the world’s poorest families have secure rights over the land they till. Founded as the Rural Development Institute, Landesa has helped more than 105 million poor families gain legal control over their land since 1967. When families have secure rights to land, they can invest in their land to sustainably increase their harvests and reap the benefits—improved nutrition, health, and education—for generations.

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Acknowledging the centrality of land issues to end hunger and achieve sustainable development, countries have agreed to meet ambitious land targets by 2030. Five years into the SDGs, persistent land insecurity, land evictions, threats to land rights defenders and other challenges show that the land promises are not being delivered.

These challenges are now compounded with Covid-19 where economic downturns and job losses or insecurity across the world are creating havoc even among those who used to count on reliable and sufficient income. A strong pattern of reversed migration takes place, while government resources are thinly stretched.

In this webinar we invite you to discuss with us where we stand and jointly find strategies to meet the land-related SDG targets, namely: 1.4, 2.3, 5.a and 15.3.



This virtual side event is proposed as part of the 2020 SDG High Level Political Forum to be held from 7th to 16th July 2020. It is organised by the SDG Land Momentum Group, an informal group of CSOs and multilateral organizations working to promote the role of secure and equitable tenure rights in meeting the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.   



  • To present threats to women and men’s secure access to land in the current COVID 19 world;
  • To explore how the land SDG commitments can help address these challenges; and,
  • To discuss how we can best leverage the SDGs and support Member States’ delivery of their land commitments.



Rukshana Nanayakkara, ILC
Rukshana Nanayakkara





Patricia Chaves, Espaco Feminista, Brazil
Patricia Chaves
Espaco Feminista


Diana Fletschner, Senior Director Research, Evaluation and Learning, LANDESA
Diana Fletschner
Senior Director Research
Evaluation and Learning



  Liv Nielsen
Liv Nielsen
Land and SDGs
ILC LAC Initiative






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Last updated on 1 February 2022

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