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ANGOC Meeting Press Release

From Feb 11st to 15th, the 15th ANGOC General Assembly and REGIONAL WORKSHOP , CBI 8 Planning Meeting and ’State of Land  Rightsand Land Governance in Selected Asian Countries’ were held by Asian NGO Coalition for Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (ANGOC)
ANGOC Chairman Nathaniel Don Marquez introduced the 15th General Assembly and the purpose of the 34th Leader Meeting on February 11th, then he discussed the agenda, accepted new members, adopted the ANGOC Annual Report of 2018 and emphasized on the ANGOC policy action plan for 2015 to 2020. Li Xiajie, the Project Manager of the China Association for NGO Cooperation(CANGO), has introduced the work of the CANGO on climate change and suggested that the environmental and climate change problems related to land should be discussed in the following agenda.
On February 12th, Rohini Reddi from the Philippine agency SARRA explained to the participants that the workshop had drafted policy recommendations for the UN Sustainable Development Goals CBI 2.4.1, including strengthening enforcement of law concerning land, forest and water, protecting normative land investment, implementing social environmental impact assessment effectively, and paying attention to the rights and interests of female farmers. Also, he solicited opinions from all members.
On February 13th, Rohini Reddi reviewed the achievements of the working group LWA and the tasks related to the CBI. He suggested that a trustworthy land information system is essential for land management. A sustainable, transparent and trustworthy information will support sustainable development. Therefore, information about land rights is the basis for responsible and credible land management. He explained the indicators on data acquisition about SDG 1.4.2. Denise Hyacinth Joy Musniexplains the scheduleforLWA’s work in 2019.
From February 14 to 15, representatives from Cambodia, the Philippines, Nepal, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the World Bank shared the policy and legal environment for poor people to access land resources in the context of SDG 1.4.2, as well as cooperation between governments and NGOs. Land management is covered in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which provide a background for additional information in the discussion of land management. Erinbek Sanatbek from Kyrgyzstan introduced the status of land rights and land management in Kyrgyzstan. Li Xiajie, also shared the history and current status of China's land management and policy. As a part of the LWA Working Group Regional Initiative, Joel Pagsanghan from ANGOC presented the adoption and implementation of the United Nations Business and Human Rights Guiding Principles (UNGP) BHR in six Asian countries.
Through the NHRCT initiative, the Thai government is also about to complete its National Action Plan (NAP) on business and human rights, with a chapter devoted to land rights specially.
The meeting also passed the draft of a “Recognize, Defend, and Protect Access to Land, Resources and Tenure Security of the Rural Poor”. The statement mentioned that in view of the continuing surge in land investment in Asia, governments should use commercial and human rights principles to protect land rights in the poor and marginalized sectors in search of economic development.