October 2019 Update: Ballots have been sent out. Election timeframe dates are October 9th, 2019 1:00 PM / October 13th, 2019 12:00 AM – (GMT-6:00) Central time (US & Canada). All elections are to fill out the unexpired portion of the term of the previous incumbent.
September 2019 UPDATE: Notice to GAP Membership: ELECTIONS The following two PCGs will conduct their elections according to their customs and transmit the process to the electors for publication on the GAP website: Persons with Disabilities and Older Persons.
Please click HERE for information on guidelines, timetables, and process for the election being overseen by the GAP Electors.
Current Persons with Disabilities PCG Co-Chairs:
- Mohammed Loutfy (Lebanon)
- Victor Pineda, World Enabled (United States)
The Persons with Disabilities PCG members will receive an electronic ballot with the names and statements of those running for the co-chair position. Each member may vote for one nominee.The candidates and their statements are listed below in alphabetical order.
Declaration by the candidate on leadership positions and potential conflicts of interest:
I hereby declare that; I am a member of the General Assembly of Partners Partner Constituent Group of Persons with Disabilities. I do not have any other membership affiliation with other Partner Constituent Groups within the General Assembly of Partners.
Hereby I declare that at the time of this candidacy I have no leadership position in any organisation or entity. I am currently working as a program officer in the World Blind Union and African Union of the Blind. Sufficient time will be allowed to work on behalf of the PCG as my employer believes that an increased collective participation of persons with disabilities is necessary to strengthen the PCG to contribute towards implementing and monitoring the New Urban Agenda. Thus, this does not pose any conflicts of interest. Conclusively;I hereby declare that I am not in any leadership position in any organisation or entity which may create potential conflicts of interest for my engagement in GAP, and GAP-PCG persons with disabilities.
Place and date Nairobi, 9 September 2019
Candidate Statement of Interest
Working for the World Blind Union in Nairobi, seconded by my Swedish government, provides me with an excellent opportunity to work with GAP-PCG Persons with Disabilities and with other disability efforts to ensure that our rights are met and that the UN Secretary General’s disability-inclusion strategy throughout the UN system, UN-Habitat included, is implemented.
Strategically located, I proactively engage in on-site monitoring of UN Habitats work and allows me to raise concerns on accessibility and inclusion in the implementation of global frameworks.
Despite living with a visual impairment, I have demonstrated my ability to process extensive policy documents and to engage in peer-reviews. I have worked collaboratively with my disability colleagues, with GAP-PCG Older Persons and with GAP on common interests, statements and events. This year, I advocated for recognition of persons with disabilities during the UN-Habitat Assembly where I was the designated PCG-representative actively collaborating with other stakeholders and successfully influencing the Stakeholder Declaration.
I am eager to help expand these efforts as a GAP PWD co-chair. My vision is to have the PCG expand its active membership of persons with disabilities and their representative organizations. There needs to be increased coordination with related stakeholder groups and networks to make our needs and contributions more visible.
Currently, I am co-leading the effort to establish clear task delineation between the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities, GAP-PCG Persons with Disabilities and the DIAUD Network made up of persons with disabilities and urban stakeholders.
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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
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
- UN Habitat III
- GAP Members
- North America