Global Land Forum to Tackle Concepts of Territorial Governance for Achieving Food Security

country: Guatemala
date: 04.18.2013

For more information, please contact:
Neil Sorensen at +33.641668648 or
Sandra Apaza +34.625830983 at  or


Global Land Forum
Tuesday, 23 April – Wednesday 24 April
Porta Hotel, 8a Calle Poniente No 1, Antigua Guatemala

Global Land Forum to Tackle Concepts of Territorial Governance for Achieving Food Security

Conference to consider the impact of land acquisitions and land rights
on family farming, indigenous peoples and the environment

Next week, over 200 leaders from civil society, international institutions and governments will come together in Antigua, Guatemala to explore the concept of territorial governance amidst radical changes that are taking place throughout the developing world and are transforming modes of production, social relationships and the living conditions of millions of smallholder producers and indigenous peoples. In many places, these changes are resulting not only in the physical dispossession of millions land-dependent rural and urban households and increasing land concentration in the hands of a few, but also have a profoundly negative cultural impact on these affected groups.

Guatemala, which is hosting the forum, is recovering from 36-year civil war linked to land rights that ended in 1996. The country remains one of the poorest countries in Latin America, with over half of rural people and nearly two-thirds of indigenous peoples living in poverty. While the Forum is global in nature, it will also provide space for policy dialogue between Guatemalan policymakers and civil society in sharing lessons learned with a wide range of global actors.

The President of Guatemala Otto Perez Molina will deliver the inaugural speech at 8:30 on the morning of April 23.

WHAT: Global Land Forum - Inclusive and Sustainable Territorial Governance for Food Security: Sharing Lessons from Around the World

WHO: Leaders and experts on land issues from government, civil society and international organisations, including keynote speeches from:

  • Otto Perez Molina, President of Guatemala
  • Luc Gnacadja, UNCCD Executive Secretary
  • Elmer López Rodríguez, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Food, MAGA, Guatemala
  • Mirna Cunningham, President of the UN Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues
  • Raquel Vasquez, Alliance of Rural Women, Guatemala


DETAILS: To request interviews, or for more information, contact:

Neil Sorensen at +33 64 166 8648 or or

Sandra Apaza at +34.625830983  or 

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Every two years, ILC organises an international Forum to convene its members and other stakeholders on land to advance understanding of the complex and dynamic political, economic, environmental and societal linkages between land governance, food security, poverty and democracy. ILC’s ultimate objective is to mobilise its members and partners to influence land-related policy practice. In pursuit of this objective, the Coalition facilitates multi-stakeholder processes in the search for people-centred responses to land governance challenges. 

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About the International Land Coalition

The International Land Coalition is a global alliance of civil society and intergovernmental organisations working together to promote secure and equitable access to and control over land for poor women and men through advocacy, dialogue, knowledge sharing and capacity building.

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