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 17 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 Grassroots PCG represents networks and organizations of women, men, and youth living in informal settlements and / or working in informal economies of the Global South. Members of the Group seek to raise the visibility and voice of grassroots organizations of the poor to enable them to co-produce participatory and inclusive development solutions with the State and other stakeholders.
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 email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grassroots PCG Co-Chairs
- Rose Molokoane, SDI and World Urban Campaign (South Africa)
- Sarah Nandudu, SDI, (Uganda)
Procedure: The Grassroots PCG members will receive an electronic ballot with the names and statements of those running for the co-chair position 2018-2020 by May 3 to be returned by May 11. Each member may vote for one nominee.The candidate and her statement are listed below.
Rose Molokoane, SDI and World Urban Campaign
Rose Molokoane is a coordinator of the South African Federation of the Urban Poor, and a member of SDI’S Management Committee. She serves as Chair of the World Urban Campaign and has served as co-chair of the Grassroots Constituency Group of GAP since its inception. She is a resident and member of Oukasie savings scheme in a slum settlement outside Pretoria, South Africa. A veteran of the anti-apartheid struggle, she is an internationally recognized grassroots activist in land tenure and housing sectors. FEDUP has helped over 150,000 slum dwellers to pool their savings and improve their lives. This has won them standing to negotiate with government for a progressive housing policy that produced 15,000 new homes and secured over 1,000 hectares of government land for development. Molokoane has initiated savings schemes throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America and was awarded the UN-Habitat Scroll of Honor in 2005 for her struggle to bring land and homes to the poor.
Ms. Molokoane’s vision for the Grassroots PCG is to continue to put the needs, demands, capacities, experience, and knowledge of grassroots communities – particularly the urban poor – at the front and center of the debates, dialogues. Critically, Ms. Molokoane seeks to work with global urban development stakeholders (UN Habitat, among others) to institutionalize grassroots involvement in implementation of the New Urban Agenda at the local, regional and national level in order to facilitate the establishment of resilient cities that reflect the needs and priorities of all their citizens, particularly the most vulnerable.
Ariana McPherson, co-chair
- UN Habitat III
- GAP Members
- South America