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Two of the greatest aspirations in life are to provide adequate food and shelter for our families. Will the proposed Sustainable Development Goals help all 9 billion of us to achieve these aspirations by 2050? All but four of the 17 goals are directly linked to the use of the land. It makes the proposed goal about the sustainable use of land resources, particularly vital — but it will require bold action to secure land rights, to turn from the current land use practices and to restore more degraded land for our use.
With so many of the world's 48 least developed countries (LDCs) at the centre of global security concerns – from Afghanistan to Central African Republic to Mali, Nigeria and Somalia – wealthier states would be wise to support the actions LDC politicians agreed to (pdf) at a meeting they held in Benin last week.