The time has come to challenge the dominant understanding of land as a globalized economic and financial asset, and to recognize that land sustains life, shapes identity and culture.

The current dynamics of dispossession of communities, ecological destruction and privatization of nature require the  strengthening of the human rights framing of land and other natural resources, putting the rights and aspirations of people and communities on center stage. This is one of the main conclusions of “The Human Right to Land”, a new publication that FIAN International launches today in Bucharest, Romania, at a conference on the rights of peasants, amid negotiations towards a Declaration on the rights of the rural world.