Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the CFS VGGT- Reflection on 10 years of VGGT Application | Land Portal
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As part of the 10th anniversary commemoration of the CFS Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT) , the FAO is organizing a series of round table discussions to critically reflect on lessons learned. The two-day event will address obstacles encountered globally on VGGT’s uptake, political and economic challenges related to the Guidelines, and monitoring and evaluation.  

Within this context, the Land Portal Foundation will participate in two sessions. 

In Session 1, Land Portal will present a new data story, “The Voluntary Guidelines – a data deficit?” as part of a larger reflection on the ten years of VGGT application. 

In Session 4, Land Portal will host a robust conversation on monitoring, evidence and data. The session aims to ask challenging questions on the monitoring of multilateral development mandates and the use of data to do so. Are complex programs to address land agendas accompanied by suitable monitoring mechanisms? Is this information accessible, or are we in need of a radical rethink? This session will focus on the monitoring of the VGGT and what this means for the future success of the guidelines.

Join us and sign up here! 

Interpretation will be available in English, French, Spanish.




Thursday, 6 October


09:00 – 09:05 | Opening remarks by CFS Chair

09:05 – 11:00 | Session 1: Reflection on 10 years of VGGT Application

 Moderation: FAO

 Speakers from:

-          GIZ, ILC and WHH

-          ILC / Global Land Forum 

-          FAO

-          Land Portal

-          IPC land & territory

-          Global Land Tool Network


11:15 – 13:00 | Session 2: The Political Economy of Land  

Moderation: Transnational Institute (TNI)

Speakers from:

-          Niger Government representative

-          USAID

-          IPC land & territory

-          FAO

-          Chair of the UNPFII

14:30 – 17:00 | Session 3: Mainstreaming, visibility and re-commitment to VGGT

Moderation: Action Aid International

Speakers from:

-          Global Land Agenda

-          Global Donor Working Group on Land

-          UNCCD Secretariat

-          Water Integrity Network Association

-          UN Habitat / The Arab Land Initiative

-          IPC Land & Territory


Friday, 7 October


09:00 – 10:45 | Session 4: Monitoring, Evidence and Data

 Moderation: Land Portal

 Speakers from:

-          Global Land Alliance

-          Global Land Observatory

-          TMG Research gGmbH

-          Cadasta

-          World Bank


11:00 – 12:45 | Session 5: Accountability 

 Moderation: TMG Research gGmbH

 Speakers from:

-          Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture of Germany (BMEL)

-          Government perspective (tbc)

-          TMG Research gGmbH

-          ILC

-          IPC Land & Territory

-          FAO

-          CFS Secretariat 


12:45 – 13:00 | Closing remarks

The event will be organized in a hybrid format, with speakers and attending either in-person at IFAD HQ or joining virtually via Zoom. Kindly note that available space is limited. Any participant who would like to attend in-person should send an email to VG-Tenure @



Related content: 
Library Resource
VGGT data story 10 year anniversary
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This is the PDF version of an online data story about the impacts of the VGGT, published by Land Portal on 4 October 2022.

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