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HGF IU Conference

A Conference organised by

The Henry George Foundation of Great Britain and

The International Union For Land Value Taxation and Free Trade

as a contribution to the United Nations Habitat III New Urban Agenda

Commons Rent

for The Common Good


17 – 18 September 2016

11 Mandeville Place , London, W1U 3AJ

(Courtesy of The School of Economic Science)


This conference will provide an opportunity to discuss key questions that any government seeking to implement Land Value Based Fiscal Reform (LVBFR) must answer. It is in connection with the International Union For Land Value Taxation and Free Trade’s “Consultative Status” with the UN’s Economic and Social Council, (ECOSOC) and their representation at UN’s Habitat III conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016. This will be the first Global Summit and implementing conference flowing from the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the new Climate Change Agreements.

The format for the London Conference is designed to be fully participative so that (in addition to pre-booked speakers) everyone present will have an opportunity to offer constructive responses to each of the “Seven Key Questions” that will be discussed during seven seventy five minute sessions. Four plenary sessions will take place on each day (0900 – 1800hrs) and ample opportunity will be provided for social interaction and networking. Nobody should leave the conference with ideas that are unchanged.

Seven Key Questions

1.    What is the optimum form of LVBR and what administrative mechanisms are needed for implementation?

2.    How would LVBFR be integrated with the regulation/planning of land use?

3.    How would LVBFR contribute towards good, secure, affordable housing?

4.    How may LVBFR be made a politically acceptable?

5.    How, for the provision of public infrastructure and affordable housing, may private sector finance be accessed and properly rewarded whilst retaining all associated rent as public revenue?

6.    How should Monetary Reform and Tax Free Production & Trade feature in plans for LVBFR?

7.    How may legal, political and economic obstacles to LVBFR be overcome and what are the lessons we need to learn from history?

Videos of all the conference presentations can be viewed here.


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