GAP Partner Constituent Group – Older Persons

Organization Description


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, October (Quito), 2016 and May (Nairobi), 2017.

The Older Persons PCG is an outgrowth of the work of the of the Stakeholder Group on Ageing that is part of the United Nation’s Non GLS and was very active in advocating on behalf of the more than 800 million persons 60+ during last year’s negotiations for the Sustainable Development Goals  and in many other policy arenas globally. The Older Person PCG holds that ensuring the growth, development and management of cities reflect the demographic reality, and believes that it is vital that any efforts to deliver inclusive cities through the Habitat III framework explicitly articulates the specific ways in which we can face inequality and exclusion based on our older age.

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 and

Older Persons PCG Co-Chairs

  1. Katherine Kline, S.E.R.R. United States
  2. Sion Jones, Urbanization Policy Officer, HelpAge International, Brazil

What is the GAP?
GAP Older Persons 2017 Election Process Letter
Summary – Ageing and the New Urban Agenda-2
PCG Strategic Framework-2 copy

2017 Elections

Procedure: The Older Persons 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 and his statement are listed below in alphabetical order.

Sion Jones, HelpAge International, Brazil

I am standing for re-election as co-chair of the Older Persons PCG. I am very proud of the work we have achieved to date, particularly the inclusion of 27 references to ageing in the New Urban Agenda, for which we provided substantive technical input, and our facilitation of broad participation of representatives from a number of different countries at the Habitat III conference. It is vital we continue to support representation and perspectives from all over the world, including low and middle income countries who are also experiencing rapid urbanisation and population ageing.
Moving forward I believe it is important to clarify co-chair accountability to you, the group members, to better ensure the views of all are considered and represented and that our work sits constructively alongside other initiatives and relationships that you are carrying out. I will also seek to further clarify the purpose of the group through refining our PCG Strategic Framework to ensure we maximise opportunities to profile our work, coordinate our efforts and benefit from opportunities for partnership with stakeholders.
Alongside co-chairing the GAP group, I have spent the last year engaging with experienced partners and conducting community level research in a number of countries to gain a broad and deeper understanding of the issues facing ageing urban populations. I believe this provides vital and strong technical grounding and oversight for our work and complements Kathy’s organisational and relationship skills and experience well.



New York
New York
United States of America

Contact Person

Kathy Kline

  • Topics

    • UN Habitat III
  • types

    • GAP Members
  • regions

    • North America