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Global Land Forum 2018

24 September 2018, 8:30 to 27 September 2018, 18:00

The International Land Coalition (ILC) is pleased to announce the 2018 Global Land Forum to be held in Bandung, Indonesia 22-27 September 2018. Co-hosted by the Government of Indonesia and a National Organising Committee of civil society organisations, the event is a space for dialogue and sharing experiences from Asia and the world.

Every two-three years, ILC organises a Global Land Forum (GLF). This unique event brings together ILC members and other stakeholders from grassroots organisations, activists, local and international NGOs, and researchers, to multilateral organisations and government agencies from around the world to advance understanding of the complex and dynamic political, economic, environmental and social linkages between land governance, food security, poverty and democracy.

One of the characteristic elements of the GLF is the political engagement with the host country’s government. Following their participation in the GLF 2015 in Dakar, the Government of Indonesia expressed interest in co-hosting the 2018 event jointly with ILC civil society members.

Despite achievements in Indonesia such as the 1960 Basic Agrarian Law, the gap between political will and policy implementation on the ground persists today. The current Indonesian government has set bold targets for 9 million hectares of land to be redistributed and legalised through agrarian reform, as well as to guarantee access to 12.7 million hectares of state
forests through social forestry programs, but implementation has been challenging in a context of inequality and agrarian conflict.

As co-hosts of the GLF together with the National Organising Committee, this event provides an opportunity for the government to dialogue on the promised reforms and to learn from experiences from Asia and the world before its current term comes to an end in 2019. Overall, the GLF will be a key moment for Indonesia to show the achievements and
challenges of comprehensive agrarian to a global audience.

Bandung will be the venue of the event, hosted in the historically important site of the 1955 Africa-Asia conference, which led to the establishment of the Non-Aligned Movement. Following a series of in-depth field visits, the main conference opens on the Indonesian National Peasants’ Day, 24th September, with a day focusing on Indonesia and Asia.

A detailed agenda will be posted shortly on


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