LEGEND state of the debate report 2016 - Strengthening land governance: Lessons from implementing the Voluntary Guidelines
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The Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT) are a globally agreed standard. Achieving this normative consensus in an inclusive and participatory process in the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) was an enormous achievement and one to which the UK is proud to have contributed. The UK is committed to promoting the VGGT and to supporting initiatives to strengthen implementation and monitoring, as part of its commitment to addressing poverty and food security globally, and to improving accountable and transparent governance of natural resources. Much more remains to be done for the principles of the VGGT to be realised in practice, and to translate into better, more land secure rights for women, indigenous people and others whose rights are marginalized, and into transparent and democratic land governance. In pursuit of this commitment, the UK has created the Land: Enhancing Governance for Economic Development (LEGEND) programme to provide a unique contribution towards improved knowledge and practice as a global public good. LEGEND aims to mobilise knowledge and capacity for design and delivery of new country programmes, improve land governance as an essential and inclusive basis for economic development, and strengthen land and property rights at scale. Through building policy coherence globally and stimulating innovation across civil society, private sector and sector at country and local levels, LEGEND aims to improve the quality and impact of land investments of all kinds so they contribute sustainably to growth while safeguarding rights and opportunities for poor people — rural and urban — especially women.