Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development is organizing a High-Level Conference on Land and Conflict, in the East and Horn of Africa from the 24th to 28th of October 2022, in partnership with IGAD and the International Development Law Organization (IDLO).
The Conference is the main series of events that have been organized by the Government of Uganda (GoU), IGAD and IDLO as part of East Africa Justice Week.
According to Judith Nabakooba, the lands minister, the overall objective of the Conference is to enable High-Level Policy Makers, to exchange country and cross-country policy experiences and lessons learned with a view of establishing a regional agenda and set national policy priorities that comprehensively respond to land conflicts.
She said the other objectives of the conference included increasing the body of available evidence and facilitating the exchange of views on the prevalence, causes, impacts and ways of addressing land conflict in the IGAD region.
“We also have a specific objective of issuing concrete and evidence-based recommendations to High-Level Policy Makers for better management of land conflicts, enhancing peace, sustainable development, gender equality and climate change adaptation,” she added.
Expected outputs of the Conference on Land and Conflict:
- IGAD Regional Agenda on land conflicts, peace and security, sustainable development, gender equality and climate change adopted.
- Policy Conference Report published.
- The declaration of the Minister’s meeting was adopted.
- The Outcome document of the Chief Justices Meeting was published.
- A Report on the IGAD and IDLO convened Donor Roundtable to advance conference resolutions was published.
- Date and Venue for the next Conference on Land and Conflict agreed upon.
Uganda is a member state of IGAD, a body composed of Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan. It has a mission to assist and complement the efforts of member states to achieve, through increased cooperation: food security, environmental protection, peace, security, economic cooperation and integration in the Region.
During the IGAD Land Governance Program 11th Steering Committee Meeting of the Member States that was held in Entebbe from 1st to 2nd June 2022, it was agreed that Uganda hosts the Conference on Land and Conflict through its Ministry responsible for Land.