CFS-led intergovernmental negotiations: Proposed voluntary directives on land access and ownership rights[03-14-2012]
The intergovernmental negotiations on the Voluntary Guidelines on Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the context of National Food Security have been successfully finalized on Friday 9 March 2012. About 96 member countries along with civil society organizations, UN agencies and other international organizations, farmers associations, and private sector representatives took part in three rounds of negotiations led by an Open Ended Working Group of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). The final round of negotiations was held at FAO’s headquarters in Rome 5-9 March. The negotiations took place in a positive, constructive and inclusive atmosphere and a great sense of ownership was felt by all participants. As a next step the Voluntary Guidelines will be considered for final approval by the CFS at a special session in Rome in mid-May. Upon the adoption, the focus will shift to the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines.