Article of the Month - January 2023

FIG Congress 2022 Keynote:
Urban Rural Partnership

Holger MAGEL, Robert LEWIS-LETTINGTON
Instead of a paper we would like to share with you a series of video recordings from the keynote sessions of FIG Congress 2022 in the coming months.

 

In this recording that is offered to you in this "Video of the Month Series" Holger Magel and Robert Lewis-Lettington speak about Urban Rural Parnership. 

Urban Rural Partnership is more urgent than ever in the light of an ongoing or even increasing urban rural divide in developed as well as in developing countries. Central elements are the need for comprehensive land policies, reflecting a priority on spatial and economic integration, and the importance of considering governance, infrastructure and local capacity. Join our two distinguished keynote speakers through the urban rural land linkages.

Holger Magel: Urban Rural Partnership - Its a matter of territorial justice and status of mind!

Urban Rural Partnership is more urgent than ever in the light of ongoing or even increasing urban rural divide – around the world but even in rich countries like Bavaria, Suisse and Austria. Why does this still happen despite a lot of wonderful papers and promising policies? An urban rural battle for financial resources is threatening! In times of climate crisis and loss of biodiversity on the one side and ongoing digitization and growing remote working and communication chances on the other side it is time to start a new urban rural partnership in the urban surroundings but also in the hinterland.

Robert Lewis-Lettington: The GLTN Approach to Urban Rural Partnership

FIG’s previous commitments in the Marrakech Declaration in 2003 / 2004 remain as valid today as they were then. The need for comprehensive land policies, reflecting a priority on spatial and economic integration, and the importance of considering governance, infrastructure and local capacity within these are central elements in what Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) Partners have recently also described as Urban-Rural Land Linkages (URLLs). National land administrations generally are, and should remain, unified with common methods and standards for land administration. At the same time, we need to recognise and appropriately manage the particular situations and priorities that arise in rural, urban and peri-urban locations. GLTN’s defining issue – achieving security of tenure for all – is a concern in all of these locations in all corners of the globe, regardless of development status or income level.

Watch and be inspired by the keynote session here:

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About the keynote speakers

Prof. Holger Magel - FIG Honorary President and TUM Emeritus of Excellence

Prof. Holger Magel (1944) holds Dipl.Ing. and Dr.-Ing. degrees of TU Munich and has passed the civil service examination. He was Director General of Rural Service in Bavaria and Full Professor and Director of TUM Institute for Geodesy, GIS and Landmanagement. He was Founder and Director of the international Masterprogramme Land Management and Land Tenure in urban and rural areas. From 2009-2013 he was member of the advisory board „Territorial development“ of the german government and from 2014-2018 he was Member oft the parliamentary Commission of Inquiry „Equivalent Living conditions in whole Bavaria“ . After more than 30 years of Vicepresidency and Presidency (1983-2019) he is now Honorary President of the Bavarian Academy of Rural Areas.

Mr. Robert Lewis-Lettington - UN-Habitat/Global Land Tool Network

Robert Lewis-Lettington is Chief of the Land, Housing and Shelter Section at UN-Habitat. He is also Secretary to the drafting committees of UN-Habitat’s governing bodies and UN-Habitat representative to the Human Rights Council and human rights treaty bodies. Robert is a lawyer by training and has worked in both public and private international law for more than twenty years. Robert’s principal areas of expertise are international institutions and processes, human rights and humanitarian law, environmental law, science and technology law and urban development. Robert is also an experienced programme and project manager having worked in most geographic regions and a number of countries. Robert also plays the bagpipes badly.


 


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