NGO Participation - Commission on the Status of Women 57
NGOs that are accredited to and in good standing with
the Economic and
Social Council, may send representatives to annual sessions of CSW at
United Nations Headquarters.
letters are sent to the e-mail addresses registered in the integrated Civil Society Organizations (iCSO) System of the
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) by NGOs
in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council. They are
encouraged to make sure that their profile and contact information on the iCSO system includes the latest correct information about
Because of increasing demands on limited space, it has become necessary to reduce the numbers of attendees from civil society. This number should be kept to a minimum and should not exceed 20 representatives per organization.
Please note that, should the session take place in the North Lawn Building, participants will need a secondary pass to gain access. One or two such secondary passes per/organization will be distributed at or near the registration site. Organizations should also be aware that, in this context, entry into official meetings can still not be guaranteed to all who wish to attend.
for changing / editing names of representatives who have been pre-registered
Please note that an
Organization’s login ID and passwords are strictly confidential.
Confirmation of pre-registration
Once an NGO representative has been pre-registered, a confirmation letter can be downloaded and printed for her/him from the same webpage.
Application for a United Nations Grounds Pass
Before arriving at on-site registration at United Nations Headquarters, all participants need to fill out and print an application form for a UN grounds pass which will be available in the organization’s account on CSO net. Participants will be required to show this form at on-site registration in order to obtain a grounds pass.
The United Nations will not make travel or visa arrangements or pay for any expenses in connection with the participation of NGO representatives in the sessions of CSW. Such arrangements and costs are the exclusive responsibility of participants.
Written statements to CSW may be submitted by NGOs in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council on the thematic issues considered by CSW in accordance with Council resolution 1996/31. These statements are submitted months prior to any session in order to allow time for processing and issuance of the statements as official United Nations documents for the Commission.
DEADLINE: 15 November 2012
Sign-up period: 16 January
to 19 February 2013
Oral statements may be delivered during the general
discussion by a limited number of NGOs in consultative status with the
Economic and Social Council subject to time availability.
Oral statements should not exceed three minutes. (i.e., about two pages double-spaced using font size 12).
Interactive expert panels
Sign-up period: 16 January to 19 February 2013
A limited number of NGOs in consultative status with the
Economic and Social Council will be able to make an oral intervention during
the interactive panels. Interventions must be focused on the theme of the
panel. Inputs on other issues will not be accommodated. Instructions will be
communicated via e-mail to each NGO representative requesting to make an
Side events held on United Nations premises
Permanent Missions and United Nations entities hold side events on United Nations premises during the CSW session.
The programme of side events or activities organized outside the formal programme of the fifty-sixth session of the Commission will provide an excellent opportunity for Member States, UN entities and NGOs to discuss themes of the Commission and other critical gender equality issues.
An announcement of the opening of the online request system will be posted in the United Nations Journal. It is expected that the system will open the week after Thanksgiving.
Parallel events organized
by NGOs take place outside United Nations premises, usually in the
Church Center (located at the intersection of 44th Street and First
Avenue, across from the United Nations Secretariat building). Any NGO may
organize and attend these events – subject to space availability.
Calendar of side events
A calendar of side events organized by Permanent Missions and United Nations entities will be posted on the UN Women website prior to the CSW session, and updated regularly.
A calendar of parallel events organized by NGOs will be posted on the website of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women (http://www.ngocsw.org/parallel-events).
Questions on parallel events organized by NGOs
All questions on NGO-sponsored events should be directed to the NGO Committee on the Status of Women (http://www.ngocsw.org/parallel-events).
NGO advisories contain important information about CSW57 onsite registration, access to meetings, and side events. The advisories are sent to the official email addresses of organizations that pre-register representatives. Be sure that contact details are up-to-date.
Eligibility / accreditation
Invitation / pre-registration
Travel and visas
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