Ombretta Tempra is a Human Settlements Officer specialized on land governance and Housing, Land and Property (HLP) rights at the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). Ms. Tempra leads the UN-Habitat’s global portfolio on land and conflict and the regional land portfolio in the Arab states. With a background on urban planning, architecture, land management and international development and twenty years of international experience gained in humanitarian and development operations, at present Ms. Tempra coordinates the Arab Land Initiative, a coalition of 50 national and international partners active on different aspects of land governance, including UNCCD, FAO, International Land Coalition, World Bank, UNESCWA and others (https://arabstates.gltn.net/).
She manages regional programmes, provides advisory services to governments and partners, and supports the development of country interventions in North Africa, Middle East and globally. Ms. Tempra is also the Coordinator of the Housing, Land and Property Rights Area of Responsibility of the Global Protection Cluster, which oversees and facilitates the HLP work in humanitarian operations. With her team, she coordinates a research innovation fund targeting young professionals, participates in international conferences, gives lectures, and provides short courses for universities, governments officials and other partners on topics related to land governance and land administration, housing and land rights, mediation and disputes’ resolution, and sustainable urban development.
Since 2020, Ombretta’s work focused on collecting evidence and documenting experiences of local partners on the interrelation between land governance, land degradation, climate change and conflict, with particular focus on the Middle East and North African countries. Her work is published by the United Nations, scientific journals, and universities’ press.