NGO Participation in the Durban Review Conference and Preparatory Process
More than 300 civil society organizations are participating at the Durban Review Conference and played a crucial role in the preparatory process. Photo credit: UN Photo/ Pierre Virot.
Non-governmental organizations are among the stakeholders specifically called upon to help implement the Programme of Action agreed at the 2001 World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance (WCAR). In recognition of the crucial role they play, NGOs are encouraged to participate in the Durban Review Conference and its preparatory process.
NGOs must be accredited in order to take part in the Review Conference and its Preparatory Process. Accredited NGOs can participate in the process as observers.
Accredited NGOs participating in the Durban Review Conference are requested to take note of the following information:
- Information brief for NGOs
- Procedures and Rules for NGOs at the Review Conference
- Inscription form for NGO list of speakers
Conference Room XII at the Palais des Nations will be available for NGO caucus meetings or other NGO deliberations during the conference. NGOs may reserve Room XII by filling out the forms available below. Room booking requests may be faxed to: +41 (0) 22 917 0326.
Accreditation to the Durban Review ProcessTop
NGOs are automatically accredited to the Durban Review Conference and its preparatory process if they are in consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
NGOs that were accredited to take part in the 2001 World Conference against Racism (WCAR) are also automatically accredited unless questions were raised by Member States in the Review Conference Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) about their participation in the Review Process. These NGOs were asked to provide further information to the PrepCom, which then took a decision on their accreditation. The decisions can be found in the reports of two substantive sessions of the Preparatory Committee.
The deadline has passed for new accreditation applications
NGOs that do not fall into either of the two above categories were able to apply to the PrepCom for new accreditation. However, the deadline for new accreditation applications from NGOs (February 10, 2009) has passed. Therefore, NGOs that are not in consultative status with ECOSOC, who are not accredited based on their WCAR accreditation or who did not apply for accreditation before February 10 will not be able to participate in the Review Conference and its preparatory process. Applications received between the October 2008 session of the PrepCom and the February 10 deadline will be considered at the next session of the PrepCom, from April 15-17
Full text of criteria and arrangements that will be applied to ensure a wide participation of NGOs at the up-coming sessions of the PrepCom, as decided by the PrepCom in August 2007:
List of non-governmental organizations not in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council that were granted accreditation to participate at the WCAR and whose accreditation to the Durban Review Conference and its preparatory process was not questioned by any Member State:
List of organizations
All participants at the Durban Review Conference are required to register in advance of the Durban Review Conference. Registration for the third substantive session of the Preparatory Committee (15 – 17 April 2009) automatically implies registration to the Durban Review Conference and vice versa.
Participants are required to register in order to expedite the process of issuing security passes; participants should register by sending a letter listing the names of the representatives to the Secretariat at NGODurbanRevConf@ohchr.org or Fax: + 41 (0)22 928 90 50. The deadline for registration is 30 March 2009.