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)

2018 Elections


The Persons with Disabilities 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 candidates and their statements are listed below in alphabetical order


Victor Pineda, World Enabled (United States)

It is my distinct honor to formally submit my nomination for the position of Co-Chair to the GAP PWD-PCG. Together, we have the unique and continued opportunity to work effectively and collaboratively to ensure an Inclusive Urban Agenda- towards Cities for All.

Through collaborative and active engagement of the GAP PCG-PWDs, we ensured an inclusive agenda during the Habitat III process and elevated platform for the disability community to engage in a transversally in dialogues around the New Urban Agenda. Recently, during WUF9, the PWD-PCG organized and collaboratively engaged in 10+ side events. In addition to the events I, representing the PCG-PWD, formed part of the drafting Committee for the outcome Declaration of the Forum,  directly influencing the Committee to include an explicit mention of Accessibility and Universal Design as core aspects of action plans towards implementation the NEW Urban Agenda.

My work as the Co-Chair of Persons with Disabilities PCG and as President of World Enabled and the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments, inspires me to keep promoting and collaboratively engaging diverse stakeholders to sustainably ensure more inclusive processes in urban development. I would like to further encourage and actively engage all of the PCGs to work together to ensure that none of our communities are left behind; guaranteeing equal opportunity and effective participation in all phases of development.

I look forward to collaboratively working together towards a universally inclusive 2030. See you in Abu Dhabi in 2020 for WUF10!

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Contact Person

Robert Guerra

  • Topics

    • UN Habitat III
  • types

    • GAP Members
  • regions

    • North America