General Assembly of Partners (GAP) Responds to Report of High Level Independent Panel to Assess the Effectiveness of UN HABITAT

On August 29, the 16 Partner Constituent Groups of the  General Assembly of Partners (GAP)  issued its response to the report of the High Level Panel to Assess the Effectiveness of UN Habitat issued August 1 and subject of hearings sponsored by the President of the General Assembly on September 5 and 6. A summary of  GAP’s  key points is :
  1. GAP welcomed the report and lauded the Panel’s exhortation to the  Secretary General’s and the UN as a whole to give priority to sustainable development that is inclusive and fair for all
  2. GAP called for a new urban practice based  on acknowledging the urgent need for more knowledge and expertise about patterns of global change and urbanization, that recognizes the interdependence of the Sustainable Development Goals, the majority of which will be implemented at the local level and that is based on integrated, co-ordinated and participative public policies.
  3. GAP supported the Panels insistence on broad stakeholder involvement, especially local governments and multi-stakeholder partnerships, in the implementation of Agenda 2030 and  the New Urban Agenda. GAP noted that both the Global Task Force and the General Assembly of Partners were poised to be of assistance and that many stakeholder groups were engaged in complementary activities with UN Habitat, across multiple UN development agencies, and among themselves, all forces for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and other global agreements
  4. GAP was encouraged by the Panel’s recommendations to create an UN-wide UN-Urban and a new governance structure for UN-Habitat but  raised a number  questions about the functioning of the proposed entities  
  5. GAP made several observations about making UN Habitat fit for purpose relating to its mandate, funding, support of the World Urban Forum, its regional offices and the New York office
  6. GAP underscored the Panel’s highlight of the need to address informality systematically  in a socially, economically and politically  inclusive fashion
  7. GAP concluded with an appreciation of the hard work and consultative nature of the Panel, but expressed some concerns related to the methodology involved in gathering and employing evidence.