GLFY for a youth-centered land governance

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I am Doreen Tarimo, from Tanzania Natural Resource Forum (TNRF). I am also as an ILC youth fellow from Africa delegation in the very first Global Land Forum Youth (GLFY) and I would like to share my experience with you.

The first ever (GLFY) was held at Ajloun Forest Reserve Jordan (21st-23rdMay 2022). The GLFY2022 brought together about 100 different Young land actors and land right activists across 35 different regions.

This youth conference was co-hosted under the support and facilitation of the International Land Coalition-ILC, SEEDS Jordan, and the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature, and The Ministry of Youth in Jordan.

GLFY2022 was a great initiative seeking to empower and harness the potential of youth to bring about transformation towards people centered land governance. We, the youth, gathered to join our voices and efforts together to discuss about youth access to land.

Attending the GLFY, we were given the opportunity to play a major role in building a more sustainable future.

With strong commitments and vibrant energy, our engagement during the GLYF involved variety of activities, fieldwork, knowledge-based, expertise and experience sharing, while Best part GLFY was adoption of youth declaration at Global Land Forum 2022 as a roadmap towards collective youth action plan.

The youth declaration was drafted with a shared understanding of the problems faced by youth on owning, access controlling and having a stewardship of land. The forum provided the youth the ultimate opportunity to join with other 800 participants, speakers and expertise from 78 countries at the Dead Sea.

In fact, the participants have come together to discuss on critical issues related to building pathways to climate solutions, land rights, food systems. Additionally, other related topics were brought to the table for dialogues between different parties and to show how countries in region could work together more effectively through land reforms that tackle the root of common global challenges.

“Responsible Land Governance is only possible when the voice of the disempowered segment of our different communities, especially women and youth are heard and respected”. Thus I call upon all actors working in land rights space to continue to promote strategic approaches on intensifying efforts toward greater involvement of women and youth on natural resources management and on enhancing their participation and that they equally benefit from the use of the resources.

ILC-GLFY 2022-STRONGER TOGETHER!

 

 

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