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Written submission to UNCAC CoSP10 - Understanding and addressing corruption in the land sector

Land corruption – corrupt practices in the land sector – threatens the lives and livelihoods of people and communities, the environment and climate, food security and political stability. Its impacts are particularly acute for 2.5 billion people who live on and from the land. Addressing it requires a dedicated focus and assessment of land related institutions across different national contexts.

This submission focuses on the role and impact of corruption in the land sector. We specifically call the UNCAC CoSP to task the UNCAC Intergovernmental Working Group on Prevention to develop and disseminate knowledge and best practices on land corruption risks, in coordination with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and other relevant agencies.

We also call on Member States to take targeted actions to prevent and address corruption in the land sector, including via increased international cooperation amongst law enforcement and knowledge sharing.