GAP Partner Constituent Group – Research & Academia

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 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, October (Quito), 2016 and May (Nairobi) 2017.

The Research and Academia PCG represents universities, research and scientific institutions, professional societies, academics and various institutes concerned with the advancement of new concepts, ideas and methodologies in the field of sustainable urbanization and human settlement development.

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

Research and Academia PCG Co-Chairs

  • Co-Chair:  Dr. Inés Sánchez Madariaga, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid  (Spain)
  • Co-Chair: Dory Reeves, University of Auckland (New Zealand)


Procedure: The Research and Academia 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.


Dory Reeves, Professor of Planning, School of Architecture and Planning Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries, The University of Auckland

I work in the University of Auckland, New Zealand and so am based in the Australasia and Pacific area. I teach and research urban planning and have been involved in promoting and advocating the New Urban Agenda amongst professional colleagues here in NZ and Australia. I was involved in the Gender and Urban Planning Report published in 2012 by UN-Habitat and am committed to gender equality. I am involved in a number of collaborative projects including Te Whaihanga which is about better preparing built environment professionals to work with indigenous Maori. I am committed to GAP and the concept of a multi stakeholder organisation working towards the SDGs and the Paris Agreement. Without understanding we will not have a basis for negotiation moving forward.




Contact Person

Inés Sánchez Madariaga, co-chair

  • Topics

    • UN Habitat III
  • types

    • GAP Members
    • Research Network
  • regions

    • N Africa and M East
  • scales

    • International
  • focus

    • International