APN delivered three presentations at the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) conference titled "Planning for the Arab Land Initiative." The conference was held on February 2-6, 2020, at the National Center for Housing and Building Research in Cairo.
The presentations covered APN’s work and highlights of a study on land and conflict in the Arab region that APN will prepare as a UNHABITAT partner.
According to APN Manager Mariam Al jaajaa, the organization strived over the years to include issues of conflict and occupation in many international platforms. To work towards resolving conflicts, Al jaajaa says that the root causes must be addressed. In this study, APN aspires to convey the views of the affected peoples in war-torn countries.
Razan Zuayter, President of the Arab Network for Food Sovereignty (ANFS), stressed the need for the study’s recommendations to leave UN offices and be applied on the ground. She added that APN and the ANFS will do their part to transfer the results into action.
Through its partnership with UN-HABITAT, APN looks forward to analyzing the relationship between land and conflict in the Arab region and showcasing its results at the local and regional levels. APN and ANSF will meet with relevant experts, conduct interviews with various parties affected by the topic, and seek to expand the network of participants in the study. APN hopes its studies will lead to recommendations that help resolve conflicts and prevent future occurrences.