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DLD announces closing of ‘First Arab Land Conference’
March 01, 2018
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Dubai: Dubai Land Department (DLD) has concluded the ‘First Arab Land Conference’, which was hosted by the Emirate of Dubai from 26th to 28th February at the St. Regis - Al Habtoor City Hotel under the theme ‘Toward Sustainable Urban Development.’

The conference, organised in partnership with the World Bank, the Global Land Tool Network, UN-HABITAT, the League of Arab States and the Arab Surveying Union, was attended by more than 300 participants representing several regional and international organisations.

Sultan Butti bin Mejren, Director General of DLD, commented: “We were pleased to welcome a large number of delegates and representatives from governments and international private organisations, reflecting the importance of the topics covered by the conference. Throughout the sessions on the first and second days, everyone participated enthusiastically in order to find successful solutions to the various challenges facing the land sector in the Arab world. This is clearly demonstrated by the list of recommendations generated by the conference, which will benefit various economic events and activities as well as all segments of society.”

The first session of the second day of the conference was held at 9am and discussed topics including ‘The Relevance and Impact of Land-Related Conflicts’, ‘Addressing Housing, Land and Property rights in the Arab region for conflict prevention, mitigation and resolution’, ‘Addressing land rights for refugees and IDPs, key lessons from the field’ and ‘Improving the lives of refugees in the Arab region: how land issues come into play and should be better addressed’.

The second session of the conference was on ‘Women and Land’, discussing ‘Land rights for women, farmers and pastoralists in the Arab states: the perspective of civil society’ among other related topics. This was followed by three parallel panel discussions about ‘Land management and housing policy’, ‘Protection of land and property rights of displaced people and refugees’, and ‘Education, research and capacity development on land policy, management, and administration’.

On the side-lines of the last day of the conference, the roundtable sessions were organised with a number of specialised and technical experts, which discussed a variety of topics including: ‘Land indicators in the sustainable development goals and their application in the Arab region’; ‘Geospatial information management in support of the land agenda in Arab states’; ‘The role of rural local communities for responsible land governance’, ‘Land and Conflict in the Arab states: the role of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of the Tenure of Land (VGGT) and of conflict sensitive land tools in conflict prevention, peace building and reconstruction’; ‘Capacity Development Initiatives in Support of Good Land Governance and Fit-for-Purpose Land Administration’; and ‘Women, social media and their access to land’.

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