One step in the right direction with global land rights
About 70% of the world population has no registered land rights. The Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency (Kadaster) shares knowledge and expertise globally, in order to contribute to improving this situation. We also try to persuade the right networks and organizations to put land right for all high on the agenda and to take action.
Backed by the 'Sustainable Development Goals' * of the United Nations, the importance of registrations and land registries are carried out worldwide. This spring, two new international initiatives have been launched which will hopefully ensure a step forward bringing global awareness: Cooperation with trade and industry and a permanent committee at the UN. Kadaster inserted a lot of energy to get this done.
Cooperation with trade and industry
During the recent Land and Poverty Conference at the Worldbank, Kadaster together with the FIG and UN-Habitat organised a workshop for and with the OGC. The OGC is the Open Geo Consortium where (large) international companies make agreements on geo-standards and cooperation. Many billions of parcels should be registered in the world. Without this international trade and industry, (represented by OGC) this is not achievable. In Washington it has been agreed that this year some first demonstration projects will be set, to show that rapid progress can be made. Think for example of companies like Google, ESRI and Microsoft to get going with this theme.
Permanent committee at the UN
Also within the United Nations progress is made. It is expected that this month, the trial of UN GGIM (Global Geospatial Information Management) will be converted into a permanent committee of the UN. On behalf of the Netherlands, Dorine Burmanje, Chair Executive Board of Kadaster, is Vice-President of the European representation in this committee. Late April a so-called Expert Group of UN GGIM with the theme ‘Land Administration and Management’ will be launched. Kees de Zeeuw, Director of Kadaster International, is chairman of this Expert Group, supported by a vice-chairman from Lesotho.
* The Sustainable Development Goals describe the 17 main objectives for 2030, which subscribe to all countries of the world. View this document once, and think of what you can personally contribute to a more sustainable world in which people, profit, planet and peace and partnership are central aims.