We live in a time of rapid urbanization and by 2050 an estimated 70% of the global population will live in cities. That means all of us have to do a lot more work to reach our goal of a more sustainable planet.
Next October, the United Nations Member States will gather in Quito (Ecuador) for HABITAT 3 (https://www.habitat3.org/), a conference that aims “to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable urban development, assess accomplishments to date, address poverty and identify and address new and emerging challenges. The conference will result in a concise, focused, forward-looking and action-oriented outcome document.”
Aiming to support stakeholders’ engagement and contributions to the conference, the General Assembly of Partners (GAP) was created –https://www.habitat3.org/the-new-urban-agenda/the-general-assembly-of-partners). GAP consists of 14 Partner Constituent Groups (PCG) with members from the United Nations’ major groups and other relevant stakeholders.
Two of its members, Fundación Avina and the Ford Foundation, have taken the challenge to engage in this process and are inviting philanthropies and foundations to join the GAP Partner Constituent Group.
To keep things as simple, accessible and lively as possible, we will be sharing all information online. Besides the GAP webpage itself, we will use the online platform that the Conference secretariat is offering GAP. Access will be by invitation only so do contact us to confirm your interest and we will send you an email to join it. On the platform you will find information on activities being developed by our peers and also documents and other knowledge pieces that might be produced – and share yours!
We will also use it to generate the Legacy Document that the General Assembly of Partners committed to develop in its last meeting in New York (minutes and declaration on GAP´s webpage). A first draft should be available for input/comments by the end of February. Please bear in mind that, although your participation in the activities and materials developed in the platform will depend on your interest, for accountability purposes, all organizations that join the platform will be considered a member of the Foundations and Philanthropy Group.
Besides communicating/sharing online, it will be great if we can actually participate in the official events during the next months – see the Timeline on the Conference webpage. Either of us will be going to them and will be great to meet you! Also look out for the events/activities that your governments might be doing. Although they might not be visible, all governments will sign a commitment at the Conference and they are all getting ready for that! Since GAP is strongly committed to fostering collaboration among the different sectors/stakeholders, we will do our best to keep you informed about the other groups’ activities and we encourage you to promote the engagement of your partners/allies in the respective groups (the list of contacts can be found on GAP´s webpage).