The General Assembly of Partners (GAP) is an engagement platform that that aims to support stakeholder contributions to the ‘New Urban Agenda,’ the outcome document of the Habitat III Conference to be held in Quito, Ecuador in October, 2016. For more information about the ‘New Urban Agenda’ see the Habitat III website.
GAP consists of 16 Partner Constituent Groups (PCG) with members from the United Nations’ nine major groups, the Habitat Agenda Partners and other relevant stakeholders. PCGs are involved with the advancement of new ideas and methodologies in the field of sustainable urbanization and human settlement development, including but not limited to, public spaces and streets, urban transport and mobility, climate change and environment, energy, housing and slum upgrading, safety and security in cities.
GAP member organizations are mapped and searchable on this website’s member directory under Type: General Assembly of Partners
The General Assembly of Partners will meet several times in different regions of the world: October, 2015 (New York), December, 2015 (Paris), March (TBA), 2015, Indonesia (July), 2016 and October (Quito), 2016.
The Farmers PCG represents peasants, farmers, pastoralists and fishermen who have an interest in rural- urban synergies. This particularly includes women, the youth and those who have been historically subjected to racial, ethnic and gender discrimination.
Membership is open to all stakeholders with an interest in sustainable urbanization (a group or person may join only one PCG). To join a PCG, send an email to the contact listed with copies to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Farmers PCG Co-Chairs
- Mildred Crawford, Caribbean Network of Rural Women Producers (Jamaica)
- Violet Shivutse, Farmer and founder of Kenya’s Home Based Care Alliance (Kenya)
Procedure: The Farmers PCG members will receive an electronic ballot with the names and statements of those running for the co-chair position 2017-2019 by June 15 to be returned by June 29. Each member may vote for one nominee.The candidate for co-chair and her statement are listed below.
Mildred Crawford (Jamaica Caribbean Network of Rural Women Producers/ Center for Women in Global Leadership (CWGL)
Statement of Candidate
I served as co-chair of the Farmers PCG during the Habitat III preparatory period with Violet Shivutse from Kenya. As co-chairs, we worked together to increase the membership from ten organizations with a reach of under a million farmers, mainly in the Caribbean and Africa to many more with a reach of more than 1.5 million people from all regions around the world..
This platform has allowed the Farmers’ constituency to give their input into the New Urban Agenda. This process has not only provided a clear understanding of what farmers need to realize in the New Urban Agenda but also has allowed them to claim ownership of important parts of the document, including those that discuss balanced territorial development, rural urban synergies, food systems and food security.
Most important , in the past few months, I have forged stronger links between the Rome based organizations (e.g FAO, IFAD, WFP) and UN Habitat. This is a critically important effort because new synergies that did not exist before among several SDGs, especially Goal 1, 2, 5, 11, 13, 14, 15, and 17 have grown and will continue to grow..
In our future work, I will focus on balanced territorial development with special emphasis on equity and women in this agriculture. In particular, I believe that the supporting local food production enhances the economic position of small farmer primary producers. Further, I believe we need to focus on all aspects of the food system from production to distribution to consumption.
I am a voting member of the Farmers Partner Constituent Group only.
I do not have any conflict of interest issues with my work and GAP.
Mildred Crawford, co-chair
- UN Habitat III
- GAP Members
- South America