GAP Partner Constituent Group – Persons with Disabilities

Organization Description

logo-GAP-300x296The 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.

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

The Persons with Disabilities PCG
The commitment of the international community to the advancement of the rights of persons with disabilities and their inclusion in society and development is deeply rooted in the goals of the United Nations, as enshrined in the preamble of the Charter of the United Nations, which refers to fundamental human rights, the dignity and worth of the human person and the promotion of better standards of lifein larger freedom.

It was not, however, until the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol in 2006 that the specific barriers facing persons with disabilities in realizing their human rights were directly addressed through an international legal instrument. With the adoption of the Convention and its rapid ratification by many Member States, the international community now has in place a strong international normative framework on disability.

– Incorporating the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the post-2015 development agenda, 1 April 2014 Note by the Secretariat

Persons with Disabilities PCG Co-Chairs:

  1. Mohammed Loutfy (Lebanon)
  2. Victor Pineda, World Enabled (United States)

2017 Elections

Procedure: The Persons with Disabilities 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 candidates and their statements are listed below in alphabetical ord


Mohammed Loutfy

Working with the General Assembly of Partners and representing Persons with Disability in the advocacy for the integration of Disability Inclusion and Accessible Urban Development in the New Urban Agenda (Habitat III) has been an honor to me.

I am committed to continue the work I have started, there is not more important time than now that we have achieved this important milestone for a True Inclusive Urban Development. The work is not completed yet, the challenges now are ensuring the implementation of the New Urban Agenda, strengthening our global network and building an unstoppable movement to guarantee Inclusive Urban Development and the construction of cities that we all need, including PWD.
For many years my main mission has been the promotion of Rights of Persons with Disabilities. I have worked with the World Bank and others global grassroots organizations successfully leading the implementation of initiatives with high impact in PWD.
By participating in the PCG Co-chair my main objectives would be:
1. Establish a strong and solid cooperative global Network, that serves as platform to coordinate efforts, and engage diverse communities and across different scales of urban governance.
2. Improve mechanisms to share collective knowledge among network partners.
3. Build a network platform for reporting on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.
4. Ensure disability is explicitly referenced and operationalized in post-Habitat III implementation frameworks.
5. Ensure youth with disabilities participate in global urban development processes.
6. Raise awareness of universal design, accessibility and global standards on inclusive and accessible urban development among member states and implementing partners of the New Urban Agenda.




Contact Person

Robert Guerra

  • Topics

    • UN Habitat III
  • types

    • GAP Members
  • regions

    • North America