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09:00 : 10:00 SESSION 1 - High Level Opening Session - Hall: Astor 1

Order

Name

Organisation & Function

Duration of the intervention and Topic

 

MC 

 

10 min- Opening Ceremony 

1

H.E DR. THANI BIN AHMED AL ZEYOUDI

Minister of Climate Change and Environment

5 min -  Opening Speech 

2

H.E. Salem Al Moosa,

Chair, Falcon City 

5 min – Sponsor’s speech 

3

H.E. Amb. Abdel Moneim Mabrouk

Head of Mission

League of the Arab States

10 Min - The perspective of Arab countries on the importance of good land governance and land management to promote social and economic development 

4

Dr. Sarkis Fadous

President

Arab Union of Surveyors

10 Min - The role of land professionals in promoting good land governance and management in the Arab region

5

H.E Dr. Abdulaziz bin Ibrahim Al-Saab

Chair, Regional Committee of UN Global Geospatial Information Management for Arab States / President, General Commission for Survey, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

10 Min - Application of geospatial information management and new technologies in support of good land governance and land management

6

Dr. Aisa Kacyira 

Deputy Executive Director 

UN-Habitat

10 Min - How land governance can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals and the Implementation of the New Urban Agenda in the Arab States

7

Ms. Anna Wellenstein

Director, Global Practice, Urban, Rural and Land, World Bank Group

10 Min - Land governance reform: a global perspective

H.E. Sultan Butti , H.E. Salem Al Moosa , H.E. Amb. Abdel , Moneim Mabrouk , Dr. Sarkis Fadous , H.E Dr. Abdulaziz bin Ibrahim Al-Saab , Dr. Aisa Kacyira , Ms. Anna Wellenstein

10:30 : 12:00 SESSION 2 - High Level Panel on access to land for real estate, sustainable business and investment - Hall: Astor 1

Background : International experiences show that promoting investment requires many enabling conditions, such as macroeconomic stability, infrastructure, and human resources among others. Land policy administration and management is one such condition. Land policy, administration, and management covers both private and state land. In many countries, effectively leveraging private land for investment purpose requires well-functioning land registration system, land-use planning that is responsive to urban expansion and the needs of the poorer segment of the society, and an equitable land and property tax which can raise revenues for local government also corrects market distortion and ensures property is used for high and best use. To effectively management state land (both allocated and unallocated land included) requires good inventory/state land database, transparent and effective allocation mechanisms which balances protection of state land for environment considerations with use of state properties for social and public infrastructure and some land could be used to promote investment. The system should also ensure recovery of unused or under-utilized land, and release for investment.

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Name

Organisation & Function

Duration of the intervention and Topic

 

Ms. Anna Wellenstein

Chair; World Bank Group

5 min introduction of the topic, introduction of the panel, facilitation of the interventions from the floor (20 min) and concluding remarks

1

H.E. Mr.Aboud Saeed Gabir 

Minister

Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Physical Development - Sudan 

10 min 

Land management and agricultural investment: challenges and lessons from the Sudan perspective

2

H.E. Dr. Mostafa Madbouli

 

Minister

Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities, Egypt

10 min 

The Egypt perspective on access to land for real estate, sustainable business and investment

3

H.E. Eng. Mohamed Al-Mudayheim

Deputy Minister 

Ministry of Housing, the White Land Fees Program, Saudi Arabia

10 min

New technologies to support land registration systems, property and property valuation policies and taxes

4

H.E . Sultan Butti

General Director 

Dubai Land Department 

10 min

Dubai rich experience in access to land for real estate, sustainable business and investment

5

Ms. Nadine Bitar

Director

Placemaking 

10 min

The private sector perspective

6

Ms. Seema Al langawi

Managing Directer, Land Capital

Land Administration Consultant

10 min

The land professionals’ perspective

7

Mr. Wael Zakout

Global Lead 

Land Policy and Geospatial, World Bank

10 min 

Access to land for real estate, sustainable business and investment in Arab States

H.E Dr. Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi , H.E. Amb. Abdel Moneim Mabrouk , Dr. Sarkis Fadous , Dr. Bander Al-Muslmani , Dr. Rafael Tuts , Ms. Anna Wellenstein , H.E. Salem Al Moosa , Mr. Wael Zakout

12:00 : 13:30 Lunch Break


13:30 : 15:00 SESSION 3.A Technical Session: Women’s land and property rights Hall: Carnegie

Background : Despite limited consolidated data, women in the Arab region are widely acknowledged to be lagging behind their access to land and property rights. This not only poses concerns regarding the full realization of their human rights and well-being, but also has a negative impact on the social economic development, food security, climate change and peace and stability in the whole region. Particular attention needs to be drawn to women affected by conflict, displacement and migration, whose - and whose children – survival, protection from physical violence and capacity to recover from the conflict are closely dependent on access to land and housing. The papers and presentations submitted on this topic can present challenges and successes on addressing women access to land and housing in the region, both in stable and conflict affected contexts. Considerations can be given to approaches that work with formal institutions and legal frameworks, but also to processes that are led by religious and customary / community structures.

Order

Name

Organisation & Function

Duration of the intervention and Topic

Liaison 

 

Annalisa Mauro 

Chair ; International Land Coalition

10 min introduction of the topic, introduction of the panel, facilitation of the interventions from the floor (30 min) and conclusions

GLTN

1

Mr.Rafic Khouri

Senior Advisor 

Arab Union of Surveyors

10 min 

Women’s access to land in the Arab countries

GLTN

2

Ms.Ombretta Tempra

Human Settlements Officer

UN-Habitat / GLTN

10 min

Practical recommendations to increase women access to land and housing in the Arab states

GLTN

3

Ms.Shahaan Murray 

ICLA Specialist & ICLA PM

Norwegian Refugee Council

10 min

Barriers to Accessing Housing Land and Property Rights for Women in Iraq

GLTN

4

Mr.Rashid Abdel Aziz Musaad 

Project Director

Butana Integrated Rural Development Project

10 min

Women Land and Property Rights in Butana Region, Sudan

 

GLTN

5

Mr.Jean Marie Bora 

Land Practitioner Investigator Cabinet Praticien Foncier

10 min

Women Land Rights in the Maghreb between the complexity of the land system and discrimination: the case of Morocco 

GLTN

 

Soha Farouk 

Rapporteur - UN-Habitat 

 

GLTN

Annalisa Mauro , Mr.Rafic Khouri , Ms.Ombretta Tempra , Ms.Shahaan Murray , Mr.Rashid Abdel Aziz Musaad , Mr.Jean Marie Bora

13:30 : 15:00 SESSION 3.B Technical Session: Protection of land and property rights of displaced people and refugees /1 - Hall: Astor 2

Background : The Arab region is currently the region experiencing the highest rate of forced displacement. Housing, land and property (HLP) rights challenges are common and at the centre of the international and national agenda in the Arab region, both for IDPs and refugees. Restoring HLP rights of returning refugees, solving HLP disputes while starting the reconstruction process, protecting the HLP rights for displaced people and refugees, creating a HLP rights registration system are issues with which Arab states and the international community are grappling with. There can be no social reconciliation and sustainable peace without ensuring that people and communities can regain access to the land and houses from which they were forcibly evicted and where they can rebuild their lives. What mechanisms and institutions should be put in place to prevent and address such issues? What roles can IDPs and refugees can play in post-conflict reconstruction by rebuilding their own damaged or destroyed homes? What is the scope of establishing an efficient legal and institutional mechanism to mediate and resolve disputes and to ensure HLP right in the reconstruction process? How can countries emerging from war and destruction reconcile the rights of the displaced people and affected communities with pragmatic and effective reconstruction approaches for going forward? Those questions, among others can be answered in the papers and presentation submitted on this topic.

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Name

Organisation & Function

Duration of the intervention and Topic

 

Dr. Erfan Ali 

Chair

Iraq Country Representative, UN-Habitat

15 min introduction of the topic, share UN-Habitat Iraq experience on HLP rights for IDPs, introduction of the panel, facilitation of the interventions from the floor (20 min) and conclusions

1

Ms. Laura Cunial

Information Counseling Legal Assistance (ICLA) Specialist 

Norwegian Refugee Council – Syria Office

 

10 min

Displacement and Housing, Land and Property in the Syrian Arab Republic

2

Mr.Jamal El Omleh

Director

the Land Research Center

Palestine - West Bank

10 min

Land laws and regulations need to be understood and reconsidered

3

Prof. Jon Unruh 

Associate Professor

McGill University

10 min

Upgrading Housing, Land and Property Restitution: A Digital Approach

4

Mr. Abdel Rahman Mustafa Ahmed

National Programme Coordinator 

UN-Habitat, Sudan

10 min

Land Perspective for Durable Solutions - Darfur Case

5

Mr. Tom O’Sullivan 

Housing Land and Property Expert UNHCR Lebanon

10 min 

The Housing, Land and Property situation of Syrian refugees in Lebanon – experiences from the field

Dr. Erfan Ali , Ms. Laura Cunial , Mr.Jamal El Omleh , Prof. Jon Unruh , Mr. Abdel Rahman Mustafa Ahmed , Mr. Tom O’Sullivan

13:30 : 15:00 SESSION 3.C Technical Session: New technologies to support land and real estate registration systems, property valuation and taxation policies/1 - Hall: Carnegie

Background : Land and property values in many Arab cities are growing. With some paper based and outdated land and real estate registration systems in some Arab countries, there is a need to ensure that land data are secured, updated, easily accessible and frequently analysed. What are the new technologies to support land and real estate registration systems while using smart devices, adequate land registration system, online solution, etc.? Further, land and property rights can be an important entry point to manage urban and rural development, encourage and sustain investment in infrastructure and services, and generate income for local and national administration. Land and property taxation can be a very effective mean to create better cities, make investments in infrastructure and services possible and redistribute wealth for the benefit to all. The innovative approaches to land and property taxation policies, reforms and instruments are needed in the Arab region. Papers and presentations can present experiences and lessons learnt from implementing some of such approaches in the region and can at the same time question the role of new technologies for achieving the development goals related to land.

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Name

Organisation & Function

Duration of the intervention and Topic

 

Mr. Stefano Pettinato 

UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, Kingdom of Bahrain 

5 min introduction of the topic, introduction of the panel, facilitation of the interventions from the floor (20 min) and conclusions

1

Firas Jarun and

 

Jochem Lesparre 

Surveying engineer 

the Department of Lands & Survey, Jordan 

 

(MSc), Kadaster, the Netherlands;

10 min 

A Strategy to Reduce Discrepancies between Graphical Cadastral Information and Physical Reality – a Systematic Approach in an EU Twinning Project for the Department of Lands & Survey of Jordan

2

Dr. Philip Auerswald,

 

Associate Professor

George Mason University

10 min - How Worldwide Cadastral Updates Can Launch a (Global, Distributed) Marshall Plan for Digital Skills

3

Dr.Mo'men Al jarrah

MARSRobotic company & Arab Surveyors Co.

10 min

Aqaba Railway Surveying using drones (UAVs)

4

Christiaan Lemmen

Kadaster International

10 min

Simplification of Work Procedures in DLS – Based on Digital Archives

5

Bashar Lazaar

ConsenSys Research

10 min

Exploring Possibilities for Land on a Blockchain Platform: Landstream and Democratizing real estate investment with blockchain

6

Mr. Matthew Pennells

Digital Transformation Business Development Manager, ESRI

10 min

Exploring Blockchain based Land Administration. Transparent, trusted and future proof.

Mr. Stefano Pettinato , Firas Jarun , Jochem Lesparre , Dr. Philip Auerswald , Dr.Mo'men Al jarrah , Christiaan Lemmen , Bashar Lazaar , Mr. Matthew Pennells

15:30 : 17:00 SESSION 4.A Technical Session: Education, research and capacity development on land policy, management, and administration - Hall: Carnegie

Background : There is a shortfall in both the quality and quantity of capacity needed to develop and implement inclusive and gender-responsive land policies and practices in the Arab states. College and university education programmes on land related disciplines - such as planning, surveying, social disciplines, law, etc…. are still taught in a very narrow and conventional manner, instead of enabling students and professionals to have a broader and holistic view of land management and its linkages to other sectors of the society and the economy.

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Name

Organisation & Function

Duration of the intervention and Topic

 

Willi Zimmermann

Chair

 

10 min introduction of the topic, introduction of the panel, facilitation of the interventions from the floor (20 min) and conclusions

1

Mr. Mohamed Timoulali

GTOPIC sarl

10 min

Capacity Development on Land Governance in North Africa

2

Mr. Moha EL-Ayachi

Associate Professor

Institute of agronomy and Veterinary Medicine, Department of Geodetic Sciences, Morocco

10 min

Challenges and opportunities of The Northern Africa Land tenure systems.

3

Fredrik Zetterquist

Chair

UNECE WPLA

10 min

Capacity Development and Regional Cooperation to Improve Land Administration and Management – Proven Experience from the UNECE Region

4

Dr. Barron Joseph

Ms. Sabine Sakr

Lead Scientist

Associate Program Officer

UNCCD

10 min

Promoting Innovation in Land Governance through Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN)

5

Dr. Salah Mahmoud Osman

Associate professor, Faculty of Architecture

University of Khartoum

10 min

Towards a Dynamic Socio-Spatial Analytical Model for Land Issues In Post Conflict Areas – the Experience of Sudan National Urban Policy

Willi Zimmermann , Mr. Mohamed Timoulali , Mr. Moha EL-Ayachi , Fredrik Zetterquist , Dr. Barron Joseph , Ms. Sabine Sakr , Dr. Salah Mahmoud Osman

15:30 : 17:00 SESSION 4.B Technical Session: Access to land for sustainable business and investment - Hall: Astor 1

Background : As the national economies grow in the Arab States is facing challenges, the pressure over the land resources increases, because land is necessary for agricultural production, establishment of businesses and economic activities, provision of services and infrastructure and exploitation of natural resources including minerals and oil. Related functions - such as housing, public life, entertainment, transportation, protection of the environment and its natural resources - also require land. Countries and local administrations are therefore called to better manage access to land to foster economic development and promote sustainable business and investment. The sustainability of access to land for business and investment is characterized by the balancing of the economic development needs with the social, environmental and cultural needs of a society. This includes the protection of housing, land and property rights of communities living and using the land, the safeguard of the way of living and the culture of different groups and environmental considerations. Papers and presentations submitted should help the understanding that different dynamics of accessing land for sustainable business and investment, explore challenges and solutions, and demonstrate how good land management is crucial for the promotion of sustainable business and investment in the Arab states. Regional trends and considerations and specific case studies can be presented, as well as specific technical tools and approaches (e.g. land based financing, land readjustment, negotiated territorial agreements, responsible agricultural investment models, etc.).

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Name

Organisation & Function

Duration of the intervention and Topic

 

Wael Zakout       

 

Chair; World Bank Group

5 min introduction of the topic, introduction of the panel, facilitation of the interventions from the floor (20 min) and conclusions

1

Mr. Medhat Mohamed Kamal 

Chairman

General Authority of Survey – Egypt

10 min

The role of land survey in national projects in Egypt

2

Mr. Ali Daoudi 

 

 

Mr. Jean-Philippe Colin

Département d’économie rurale, Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique, Algiers, Algeria

 

UMR GRED, Institut de recherche pour le développement, Montpellier, France & Département d’économie rurale, ENSA Algiers

10 min

Land policy and land markets on the agricultural frontier in arid Algeria

3

Ms. Sarah Hayes

Land Governance Officer

Land Tenure and Development’ Technical Committee / Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs

10 min

guide to due diligence of agribusiness projects that affect land and property rights

4

Dr. Mohyeldeen Eltohami Taha

Peacebuilding and Safeguard Expert

Sudan Peace building and Development Project and Partners in Development Service (PDS)

10 min

Land and Development in Sudan

5

Ms. Kholoud Saad Salama

Consultant / Project Manager

Land Administration

10 min - Common challenges in Land Administration implementations within Arab Countries

6

Mr. Daniel Danano

FAO

10 min - Pressure on land in the NENA: What policy, socioeconomic and technical actions are required?

Wael Zakout , Mr. Medhat Mohamed Kamal , Mr. Ali Daoudi , Mr. Jean-Philippe Coli , Ms. Sarah Hayes , Dr. Mohyeldeen Eltohami Taha , Ms. Kholoud Saad Salama , Mr. Daniel Danano , Dr. Nihal ElMegharbel

15:30 : 17:00 SESSION 4.C Technical Session: New technologies to support land and real estate registration systems, property valuation and taxation policies - Hall: Astor 2

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Name

Organisation & Function

Duration of the intervention and Topic

 

Mr. Khalifa Al Zeriam 

Chair; Emirates Real Estate Solution 

5 min introduction of the topic, introduction of the panel, facilitation of the interventions from the floor (20 min) and conclusions

1

Ms.Salma Soliman 

and 

 

Nihad Awad, 

Director, General of Legal Affairs, Palestinian Territories Authority

 

Director General of Information Systems, Palestinian Territory Authority

10 min - The steps of the Palestinian government to reform the land sector and the role of information technology

2

Mr. Peter Stolk

and Mr. Sufian Harb 

Kadaster International

DLS

10 min

Digital Archiving

3

Dr. Kamie Kitmitto

CEO of Intelligent Mapping Ltd

The University of Manchester, Intelligent Mapping Ltd.

10 min - Novel approach to the creation of National Mapping for developing countries to facilitate addressable identification of lands and properties.

4

Mr.Neil Ackroyd

Deputy Chief Executive, 

Ordnance Survey

10 min

Sustainable Digital Land Administration within Arab Countries

5

Carsten Bjornsson

Senior Program Manager

ESRI

10 min

The importance of a proper address system for secure land tenure -

GIS based Land Administration

6

Mr. Khalid Al Hammadi

Former Director of GIS 

the Information and eGovernment Authority in Bahrain - Arab Union of Surveyors

10 min

The Role of SDI in Spatially Enabled Cadastre (SEC)

Mr. Khalifa Al Zeriam , Ms.Salma Soliman , Nihad Awad , Mr. Peter Stolk , Mr. Sufian Harb , Dr. Kamie Kitmitto , Mr. Khalid Al Hammadi , Mr.Neil Ackroyd

09:00 : 10:30 SESSION 5, High Level Panel on Land and Conflict - Hall: Astor

Background : Land issues can be drivers of conflict and obstacle to peace, stabilisation and recovery in counties affected by war. Increasingly acknowledged as crucial in peace-making and peace-building, if not addressed, land-related issues can contribute to protract crises and hamper social reconciliation. In the coming decades, global challenges such as population growth, urbanization, rural-urban migration, increasing food insecurity and climate change will generate more competition over land, which will increase the number of land-related conflicts at global, regional, national, and community level.

Order

Name

Organisation & Function

Duration of the intervention and Topic

 

Oumar Sylla

Chair; UN-Habitat / GLTN

 

5 min introduction of the topic, introduction of the panel, facilitation of the interventions from the floor (20 min) and conclusion

1

Hon. Abdul Kareem Faris

Deputy Minister

Ministry of Justice, Iraq 

10 min - The relevance and impact of land-related conflicts in Iraq: challenges and opportunities for stabilization and reconstruction

2

Hon. Musa Shkarna

Head of Commission, Land and Water Settlement Commission, Palestine

10 min - The relevance and impact of land-related conflicts in Palestine: challenges and opportunities 

3

Mr. Javier Molina

Senior Land Tenure Expert

Food and Agriculture Organisation

10 min – The relevance of the Voluntary Guidelines on Good Land Governance of Tenure for countries affected by conflict

4

Dr. Abdel Salam Sidahmed

Regional Representative, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

10 min - Addressing Housing, Land and Property rights in the Arab region for conflict prevention, mitigation and resolutionhandbook on Pinheiro principles

5

Ms. Laura Cunial

Information Counseling Legal Assistance Specialist, Norwegian Refugee Council

10 min - Addressing land rights for refugees and IDPs, key lessons from the field 

6

Ms. Karolina Lindholm Billing

Deputy Representative, UN High Commission for Refugees Lebanon

10 min – Improving the lives of refugees in the Arab region: how land issues come into play and should be better addressed 

7

Dr. Aisa Kacyira

Deputy Executive Director

UN-Habitat

10 min – Concluding remarks

Oumar Sylla , Hon. Abdul Kareem Faris , Hon. Musa Shkarna , Mr. Javier Molina , Dr. Abdel Salam Sidahmed , Ms. Laura Cunial , Ms. Karolina Lindholm Billing

11:00 : 12:30 SESSION 6, High Level Panel on Women and Land - Hall: Astor

Background : The social and economic development of every society goes hand in hand with the social and economic development of women and the realization of their human rights. Access to, use of and control over land – and housing - are necessary cornerstones of this positive change; they contribute to peace and stability in conflict-affected contexts and to the overall improvement of women’s conditions.

Order

Name

Organisation & Function

Duration of the intervention and Topic

 

Ms. Zena Ali Ahmad

Chair; Director, Regional Office for Arab States, UN-Habitat

20 min introduction of the topic, introduction of the panel, facilitation of the interventions from the floor (20 min) and conclusion

1

H.E. Mr. Mabrouk Kourchid

Minister

Ministry of State domain and land affairs – Tunisia

10 min

The experience of Tunisia in advancing the conditions of women and protecting women’s land and property rights

2

Mr. Michael Taylor

Director

International Land Coalition

10 min

Land rights for women, farmers and pastoralists in the Arab states: the perspective of civil society 

3

Mr. Frode Mauring

United Nations Resident Coordinator, UAE, Oman & Qatar

10 min

Gender perspectives from the Gulf region 

4

Ms. Jebri Radhia, 

President

Union Nationale des Femmes Tunisiennes (UNFT)

10 min

Advocate for the eradication of poverty, UNFT’s experience in supporting the creation of income for women and families in precarious situations

5

Majida Ali Rashed 

Assistant General Director

Dubai Land Department

10 min

Bringing land administration closer to the needs of women: the experience of Dubai

Ms. Zena Ali Ahmad, Mr. Mabrouk Kourchid , Mr. Frode Mauring , Ms. Jebri Radhia , Majida Ali Rashed , Mr. Michael Taylor , Ms. Raghda Jaber

13:30 : 15:00 SESSION 7.A Technical Session, Land management and housing policy - Hall: Astor

Background : Studies have demonstrated that the majorities of the price that people pay for paying a house goes to pay for the land on which the house is built, especially in urban areas. Availability and affordability of suitably located urban serviced land is therefore the most crucial element to achieve adequate housing for all. While there have been extensive global discussions on how to promote city inclusivity and housing affordability, a lot remains to be done to link land policies and land management to housing initiatives.

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Name

Organisation 

Duration of the intervention and Topic

 

H.H. Shaikh Nayef Bin Khalid Al Khalifa

Chair; CEO of Urban Planning and Development Authority, Kingdom of Bahrain

10 min introduction of the topic, introduction of the panel, facilitation of the interventions from the floor (20 min) and conclusion

1

Mr. Christopher Feather

Executive Director

Kalamu Consulting

10 min - Expanding Access to Residential Land for Arab Youth: Densification Opportunities for Affordable Housing

2

Ms. Griet Steel

LANDac Netherlands Academy for Land Governance, Utrecht University

10 min - Land, housing and urbanization in the fringes of Khartoum, Sudan

3

Dr. Mohamed El-Wateq Abdel-Hamid Mohamed Ibrahim 

Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry

10 min - The new legal concepts of real estate ownership and registration provisions in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi

 

4

Dr. Bassem Fahmy MRTPI 

Principal Adviser - Programme Manager

UN-Habitat - Egypt Office

10 min - Urban planning and productive development linking planning and economy in Al-Alamein new city, Egypt

H.H. Shaikh Nayef Bin Khalid Al Khalifa , Mr. Christopher Feather , Ms. Griet Steel , Dr. Mohamed El-Wateq Abdel-Hamid Mohamed Ibrahim , Dr. Bassem Fahmy MRTPI

10:45 : 12:00 SESSION 7.B Technical Session, Protection of land and property rights of displaced people and refugees/2 - Hall: Astor 2

Order

Name

Organisation & Function

Duration of the intervention and Topic

 

H.E. Dr. Gamal Mahmoud Hamid

Chair; Minister of Urban Planning – Khartoum State – Sudan

10 min introduction of the topic, introduction of the panel, facilitation of the interventions from the floor (20 min) and conclusion

1

Mr.Ismael Frioud

 

Programme Manager

Iraq

10 min

Land and Property Rights of IDPs in Iraq

2

Mr. Jehad Arafat

ICLA Project Coordinator

Norwegian Refugee Council, Gaza

10 min

Rebuilt from the Rubble: Gaza three years after

3

Ms. Tala Kammourieh

 

Housing Policy Analyst

UN-Habitat, Lebanon

10 min

Housing, Land and Property Issues affecting Syrian refugees

4

Ms. Shahd Almukhtar

Technical University of Munich

10 min

How to protect HLP rights of Syrian IDPs and refugees, with a focus on women rights

5

Mr. Joseph Schechla

Coordinator

Housing and Land Rights Network, Habitat International Coalition

10 min

Challenges and Priorities for Arab Land Restitution within International Law Norms

H.E. Dr. Gamal Mahmoud Hamid , Ms. Anna Soave , Ms. Tala Kammourieh , Ms. Shahd Almukhtar , Mr. Joseph Schechla , Mr.Ismael Frioud

12:00 : 01:30 SESSION 7.C Technical Session, Education, research and capacity development on land policy, management, and administration /2 - Hall: Carnegie

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Name

Organisation & Function

Duration of the intervention and Topic

 

Siraj Sait

Chair; University of East London

10 min

Siraj Sait , Mr. Samir Elrouby , Ms. Ghanimat Azhdari , Ms. Suzanne Valkman , Mr. Mazen Badwan

15:30 : 16:30 SESSION 8, CLOSING SESSION - Hall: Astor

Order

Name

Organisation & Function

Duration of the intervention and Topic

1

Mr. Wael Zakout

World Bank Group

10 min - Awards

2

Mr. Sultan Al Akraf 

Dubai Land Department

15 min - Report on the outcomes of the meeting and next steps

3

Dr. Sarkis Fadous

Amb. Mabrouk

Mr. Wael Zakout

Oumar Sylla

 

Arab Union of Surveyors

League of Arab States

World Bank Group

GLTN/UN-Habitat

 

3 min each - Closing remarks

Dr. Sarkis Fadous ,Amb. Mabrouk , Mr. Wael Zakout , Oumar Sylla , Mr. Sultan Al Akraf

09:00 : 10:00 Session 9, THEMATIC ROUND TABLES - Hall: Carnegie

Thematic Round Table 1: LAND INDICATORS IN THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS AND THEIR APPLICATION IN THE ARAB REGION; Organizers: Dubai Land Department, Global Land Tool Network, World Bank Group

Short description: In 2015 UN member states adopted the 17 comprehensive and ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including key targets and indicators for monitoring progress. Target 1.4 underscores the importance of access to productive resources including land and provides an explicit indicator (1.4.2) for monitoring tenure security. Indicator 5.a.1 underscores gender dynamics of tenure rights to agricultural land. The round table provides an update on this process, the indicators and the developed methodology for monitoring them. Discussion on how the monitoring will take place in the Arab states will follow.

Order

Name

Organisation & Function

Duration of the intervention and Topic

1

Mr. Sultan Al Akraf 

Chair; Dubai Land Department

15 min

2

Oumar Sylla

UN-Habitat / GLTN

15 min

3

Everlyne Nairesiae

GLII Coordinator / GLTN

15 min

4

Javier Molina

Senior Land Tenure Expert, FAO

15 min

 

 

Thematic Round Table 2: GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION MANAGEMENT IN SUPPORT OF THE LAND AGENDA IN THE  ARAB STATES – 9:00 – 10:00; Organizers: UN-GGIM and World Bank

Short description: The roundtable will address efforts by the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management to improve prevailing policy and implementation environment through global frameworks that can be referenced by Member States to strengthen national geospatial information management and system, and to accelerate securing land and property rights for all.

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Name

Organisation & Function

Duration of the intervention and Topic

1

Teo CheeHai

Chair; UN-GGIM

15 min

2

TBC

EG-Land Administration and Management

15 min

3

Wael Zakout

World Bank

15 min

Mr. Sultan Al Akraf , Oumar Sylla , Everlyne Nairesiae , Javier Molina , Harold Liversage , Michel Taylor

10:30 : 12:30 Session 10, MASTERCLASS 1: The role of rural local communities for responsible land governance; Organizers: International Land Coalition - Hall: Salon Prive A

Background : The proposed Masterclass looks at sustainable business and investment in the context of growing pressure on land and the role played in responsible land governance by rural local communities. Land is a limited resource and if not managed responsibly could lead to conflicts, therefore it is important, to proactively build peaceful societies starting by local land governance. Inclusiveness in land processes may foster the necessary consultation and participation dynamics which ensure the sustainability of land reform processes for both, political and technical aspects. The session show the benefits on the creation of inclusive policies on rangelands, such as the one promoted by the government of Jordan, and will present the experiences of Iran and Algeria where bottom-up processes to strengthen the role of local communities in decision-making on land governance have taken place for negotiated territorial agreements. Positive experiences will be provided on: decentralization in decision-making, equitable sharing of wealth generated from natural resources in areas where a community is present, state recognizing the role of local communities in safeguarding land and resources, state protecting the rights of local communities and opening permanent spaces of constructive interaction and consultation for the formulation and implementation of policies.

Order

Name

Organisation & Function

Duration of the intervention and Topic

1

Annalisa Mauro 

Chair / Moderator

International Land Coalition

10 min introduction/recap of the topic, introduction of the panel, facilitation of the interventions from the floor (20 min) and conclusions

2

Javier Molina 

Senior Land Tenure Expert, FAO

10 min - International land governance - the VGGTs and the technical guidelines on Rangelands

3

Wael Alrashdan

Director of rangeland and Badia development, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of Jordan

10 min - Innovative policy on the governance of the Rangelands: the role of empowered communities 

4

Ghanimat Azhdari 

Senior Expert on Natural Resources Management and Conservation and Participatory GIS, Centre for Sustainable Development and Environment (CENESTA) - Iran

10 min - Local community driven experiences: the fundamental steps for a negotiated territorial agreement in Iran 

5

Soufiane Khoukhi

Président chez Association de vonlontariat Touiza de la wilaya d'Alger, Touiza Voluntary Association – Algeria

10 min - Wilayas and the Algeria Code (2011) 

Annalisa Mauro , Javier Molina , Wael Alrashdan , Ghanimat Azhdari , Soufiane Khoukhi

12:30 : 13:30 Lunch Break


10:30 : 12:30 Session 10, MASTERCLASS 2: 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 reconstruct - Hall: Carnegie

Background : The session intends to discuss the key land governance challenges in the Arab region and assess how the existing tools and frameworks available can be adapted, promoted and implemented in the region to prevent, mitigate violent conflicts and address the challenges of countries emerging from conflicts and embarking into stabilization and reconstruction. The session will start with introductory remarks by France on the importance of the land governance and conflict nexus in the Arab Region. A summary of the outcomes of the land governance-related discussions relevant for the Arab States carried out in 2016 and 2017 will frame the key land governance challenges and solutions tabled by experts. The VGGTs and the FAO’s work on land governance, tenure policies and land use/ management in the Arab region will be presented, with focus on aspects related to land and conflict. Perspectives related to poverty reduction, food security, improved access to land (particularly for women, returnees and the poor), and integrated rural/urban management in the countries will be touched upon. Land fragmentation, climate change, conflicts over land resources and the conditions of farmers and pastoralists will be touched upon. Tools and approaches being developed and implemented by the Global Land Tool Network and UN-Habitat in the Arab States will be presented, dwelling on their relevance for conflict prevention, mitigation and resolution. Implementation of existing tools and frameworks in the context of Arab Region will be explored to mitigate adverse effect of land conflict and to reinforce property rights and secure land rights mechanisms in the context of displacement. GIZ analysis and scoping studies in the region will underpin the reflexion to lead to concrete entry points for collaboration to address land conflict and related issues. Building on the high-level panels and technical sessions held in the conference on land and conflict and land rights for refugees and displaced people and on the discussions held in the masterclass, a set of recommendations and action points for the way forward in the Arab States will be drafted.

Order

Name

Organisation & Function

Duration of the intervention and Topic

1

Sarah Hayes

Chair / Moderator: France

10 min introduction/recap of the topic, introduction of the panel, facilitation of the interventions from the floor (20 min) and conclusions

2

Oumar Sylla

GLTN/UN-Habitat

15 min - Key outcomes of the land governance-related discussions relevant for the Arab States carried out in 2016 and 2017

3

Javier Molina Cruz, Daniel Dale, Kayan Jaff, Alfredo Impiglia 

FAO

15 min - The VGGTs and the FAO’s work on land governance in the Arab region, with focus on aspects related to land and conflict

4

Christian Graeffen

GIZ

15 min – GIZ experiences

5

Ombretta Tempra 

GLTN/UN-Habitat

15 min - GLTN conflict-sensitive tools and approaches for conflict prevention, mitigation and resolution being implemented in the Arab region

Sarah Hayes , Oumar Sylla , Javier Molina Cruz , Daniel Dale , Kayan Jaff , Alfredo Impiglia , Christian Graeffen , Ombretta Tempra

13:30 : 15:30 Session 11, MASTERCLASS 3: Masterclass: Capacity Development Initiatives in Support to Good Land Governance and Fit-for-Purpose Land Administration; Organizers: University of East London, School of Geomatic and Institut Agronomique et Veterinaire Hassan - Hall: Carnegie

Background : There is a shortfall in both the quality and quantity of capacity needed to develop and implement inclusive and gender-responsive land policies and practices in the Arab states. College and university education programmes on land related disciplines - such as planning, surveying, social disciplines, law, etc. are still taught in a very narrow and conventional manner, instead of enabling students and professionals to have a broader and holistic view of land management and its linkages to other sectors of the society and the economy. This is combined with the scarcity of land-related training and capacity building materials in Arabic language. To achieve sustained, transformational change, there is the need of rethinking and innovating in the area of education, research and capacity development to scale up good practices from the region, develop new tools and approaches, strengthen land-related institutions and organizations, and to enhance the skills of key Arab actors in the land sector. The masterclass presents two relevant ongoing processes aiming at the development of capacities to support to Good Land Governance and Fit-for-Purpose Land Administration in a holistic and all-round manner. The first initiative to be presented is carried by the Global Land Tool Network under the leadership of the University of East London. The second initiative to be presented is the NELGA North Africa. A discussion will follow, leading to a set of recommendations on how to strengthen capacities in the region to address the emerging challenges in land governance and land administration.

Order

Name

Organisation & Function

Duration of the intervention and Topic

1

Siraj Sait

Chair / Moderator: University of East London

5 min introduction/recap of the topic, introduction of the panel, facilitation of the interventions from the floor (20 min) and conclusions;

20 min presentation - Presentation of the ongoing work on a Responsible Land Administration Curriculum and its relevance and application in the Arab states

2

Moha Elayachi

School of Geomatic and Institut Agronomique et Veterinaire Hassan II / NELGA North Africa

20 min - Status and establishment of the NELGA Node for North Africa and its relevance and application in for the North African countries and Arab states as a whole

3

Willi Zimmermann

Resource person

10 min

Siraj Sait , Moha Elayachi , Willi Zimmermann

13:30 : 15:30 Session 11, MASTERCLASS 4: Women, social media and their access to land; Organizers: LandPortal - Hall: Salon Prive A

Background : The session ‘Women, social media and their access to land’, intends to look at the important use of social media by women as an empowering tool for voice when it comes to concerns with regards to their land rights. Since the rise of the Arab Spring, over six years ago, social networks have been important and instrumental across the MENA region. According to many, the explosion of social media across the region expressed a clear desire for social protest and political change. In Tunisia, for example, the outcomes of social media were a success, with the shift in government reflected in its abrupt adoption of a free media. More recently, a social media campaign launched by Saudi women centered on the contentious issue of women’s right to drive was launched, with women filming themselves driving around to emphasize how important driving is to help them in both their personal and professional lives. Saudi women have taken their rightful place on social networks, launching various famous hashtags #women2drive, #Idrivemyself, #stopenslavingsaudiwomen and #togethertoendmaleguardianship. The session proposes to use women’s use of social media as a tool for social advancement in the MENA region, as a launching point for discussing how these same technologies can enable women’s involvement in online discussions on land rights in general, with a focus on their own land rights. How can we encourage women, in the Middle East and beyond, to use the tools available to them, including Twitter and Facebook, to launch successful campaigns and relay important messages about their tenure rights? What would be the possible barriers and outcomes?

Order

Name

Organisation & Function

Duration of the intervention and Topic

1

Astrid Zweynert 

Chair / Moderator: Thomson Reuters

 

5 min introduction/recap of the topic, introduction of the panel, facilitation of the interventions from the floor (20 min) and conclusions;

20 min presentation

2

Anastasia Stacey

Land Portal

20 min presentation

Astrid Zweynert , Anastasia Stacey

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Background : Organised by the Dubai Land Department in their premises. Topic: “Best Practices in Real Estate Selling and Leasing”; Dubai Land Department