In response to increasing demand for land tenure security, which drives economic development in emerging economies, SGS has created a unique, comprehensive solution to connect people to land.

Designed for use by local, national and regional institutions, SGS Land Management aims to improve land governance and strengthen the sustainable management of land and natural resources. It focuses on land policy formulation, legal frameworks and modernization of land management processes and systems through the modeling of a fit for purpose, decentralized and inclusive land administration.

SGS Land Management will be showcased at stand 131 section G of the United Nations HABITAT III conference, which will take place in Quito, Ecuador from October 15 through 20 this year.


Effective land management performs a crucial role in the sustainable development of urban areas. The exponential growth of urbanization – with the percentage of people living in urban areas around the world rising from 37.9% in 1976 to 54.5% in 2016 – has made the importance of sustainable urban development increasingly apparent.

In 1976, when governments became concerned with the impact of rapid urbanization on equity, welfare, shared prosperity and the environment, the United Nations General Assembly decided that a global summit, dedicated to building a worldwide commitment to sustainable urbanization, should be held every 20 years. HABITAT I was convened in Vancouver in 1976 and created the United Nations Center for Human Settlements, in recognition of the fact that shelter and urbanization are global issues to be addressed collectively.

Twenty years later, in Istanbul, world leaders recognized that urbanization can serve as an engine for social and economic growth. The HABITAT II agenda focused on the need for sustainable cities with a stronger role for local authorities and the development of a global action plan to ensure adequate shelter for everyone.

This year in Quito, HABITAT III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, will bring together member states, multilateral organizations, local governments and members of the private sector and civil society to rethink the urban agenda and develop policies that foster sustainable urban planning and ensure equity and prosperity for all. The world will “secure and renew political commitment for sustainable urban development, assess accomplishment to date and adopt a New Global Urban Agenda driving commitment together with an action plan to address urban challenges within the framework of the Paris Agreement and the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”.

Land management plays a critical role in the success of the New Urban Agenda. Land policy, legal frameworks, inclusive tenure rights, and effective and cost efficient decentralized land administration are foundations for sustainable urban development. “Transparent, inclusive, participatory spatial planning and creating tenure security for all segments of society are pre-requisites for almost all if not all issues of the New Urban Agenda” (UN-HABITAT).

Businesses, investors and civil society are considered to be a positive force for sustainable development and are expected to play an important role in implementing SDGs. In Quito, the private sector will have an opportunity to present innovative ideas, products, technologies and concepts surrounding basic services, such as transport and waste management, which will contribute to green cities and sustainable urban planning.

For more information or to schedule a meeting with the SGS Land Management team during the summit, please contact your local SGS office or:

Florian Bruyas
Governments and Institutions (GIS)
Land Management Project Manager
SGS Group Management SA
1 Place des Alpes
CH 1211 Geneva 1
t: +41 22 73 99 345
m: +41 (0)79 74 21 435

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