GAP Partner Constituent Group – Persons with Disabilities

Organization Description


October 29, 2019 Update: The vote is complete and official results have been announced. Hannes Juhlin Lagrelius has been elected as new co-chair of the Persons with Disabilities PCG. 

Current Persons with Disabilities PCG Co-Chairs:

  1. Victor Pineda, World Enabled (United States)
  2. Hannes Julius Lagrelius, World Blind Union (Canada)


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 PartnersMembership 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




Contact Person

Hannes Lagrelius

  • Topics

    • UN Habitat III
  • types

    • GAP Members
  • regions

    • Africa
    • North America
  • scales

    • MultiNational
  • focus

    • International