23.08.2013

Tenure systems and their governance are highly political issues because they are linked to the power relations within societies.

The Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests

With the growing international attention on land issues, an interest has emerged for international guidance on how the tenure of land should be governed responsibly.
In 2009, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) started a participatory and inclusive process which led to the endorsement of the Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT) in Rome, Italy, in May 2012 by the member states of the Committee on World Food Security of the United Nations (CFS). The VGGT are the first globally endorsed instrument of soft law that deals with the politically sensitive issue of access to land and other natural resources with strong reference to the state’s obligations under international law, especially international human rights instruments.