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 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 has met several times in different regions of the world: October, 2015 (New York), December, 2015 (Paris), March (TBA), 2015, Indonesia (July), 2016, October (Quito), 2016, May (Nairobi), 2017 and February (Kuala Lumpur) 2018.

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

2018 Elections


  • Request for nominees
  • Notifcation of nominees and accompanying statements to group members
  • Each organisation member will get one vote
  • Individual members do not get to cast a vote
  • The candidate with the largest number of votes will be selected as co-chair

The Older Persons 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 for co-chair and her statement are listed below.


  1. Katherine Kline, S.E.R.R. United States

I have had the honor of serving as co-chair of GAP Older Persons PCG from its inception and wish to continue for a second term to carry out important aspects of implementation – focusing on what we achieved in the New Urban Agenda and as GAP Recording Secretary (I represented GAP at the recent Habitat meeting in Granada).

Attendance at a number of pre-Habitat III meetings at the United Nations where I am a volunteer of S.E.R.R., a small progressive ECOSOC accredited NGO and at various UN sponsored prep-com meetings, gave me the opportunity to get to know our GAP co-chair colleagues and to build partnerships with many, enhancing support for our specific requests for inclusion in the New Urban Agenda. I have seen our GAP PCG membership grow and believe that we should embrace others in a fully transparent manner.

Since Habitat III, I have worked on GAP Constitution and by-laws revisions and was able to coordinate our presence on many World Urban Forum 9 panels. We are close to confirming filling a long vacant position of UN-Habitat Ageing Focal Point.

I am part of the Stakeholder Group on Ageing (SGA) developing a statement on SDG #11 (cities) for the July High Level Political Forum which I will attend.

I have no conflicts of interest and currently am a member of the SGA, the NGO Committee on Ageing, NY, The NGO Committee on Sustainable Development and the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, NY.

2. Ina Voelcker, Diretora técnica / Technical director, Centro Internacional de Longevidade Brasil / International Longevity Centre Brazil

I am grateful for this opportunity to stand for the election as co-chair of the PCG. For me as a gerontologist this is a way to contribute to the implementation of the NUA, always defending a protagonist role for older people in policymaking.

Since 2016, when I shared my work on age-friendly cities at UN-Habitat in Quito, I accompany the implementation of the NUA closely and just now prepared the position paper of the Stakeholder Group on Ageing on Goal 11, submitted to the High-Level Political Forum. In Brazil, I support municipalities in becoming more age-friendly.

During the past 10 years, both during my training (Bachelors in Gerontology / Master in Public Policy and Ageing) and in my jobs at HelpAge International (2009-2012) and at the International Longevity Centre Brazil (2013 onwards), I gained knowledge and experience in the field. In addition to the technical knowledge, I had the opportunity to develop important organizational skills to coordinate and facilitate discussions between various stakeholders from all around the world and gather and consolidate information to produce reports.

Contribution to the PCG would mean a lot to me. It is a means to turn our world into a better place for older people – now and in the future.

List of organizations:

  • International Longevity Centre Brazil (technical director)
  • Regional focal point for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Stakeholder Group on Ageing, representing the Global Alliance of International Longevity Centres

No potential conflict of interest.



New York
New York
United States of America

Contact Person

Kathy Kline

  • Topics

    • UN Habitat III
  • types

    • GAP Members
  • regions

    • North America