Consiglio Nazionale del Notariato

Making land ownership secure and efficient is essential for a country's economic development in that it:

- Determines with certainty who owns what and under what conditions;
- Allows the poorest to defend their land rights;
- Enhances access to credit for as many people as possible;
- Helps to avoid disputes that affect the finances of states (land-related disputes account for the majority of cases);
- Contributes to social peace;
- Allows public authorities to be informed of the identity of the holders of land rights;
- Helps small farms to meet the growing demand for food for the world's population;
- Encourages businesses to make long-term investments;
- Assists in the better management of natural resources, thus contributing to the protection of the environment, access to water and the fight against deforestation.

The National Council of Notaries, a member of the International Union of Latin Notariats (UINL), a body composed of the notariats present in 86 countries around the world, wants to contribute to the achievement of these goals that are pillars of the economic life of a state by giving its support to land rights.

At the request of their respective governments, the UINL is already working for the modernization of land registry systems in Haiti, Vietnam, Madagascar, Togo, China, Egypt, Qatar, Colombia and Burkina Faso.

For the notariat this task requires synergies with sociologists, anthropologists, information technology experts, surveyors, architects and engineers. Their knowledge has proved an essential adjunct in the effort to protect landholding as a "human right".

For this challenge, linked to the themes of Expo 2015, together with the Barilla Foundation's Centre for Food and Nutrition, our notaries are ready to make available all the experience they have gained with concrete land ownership reform projects together with international organizations and political authorities.

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