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The Post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage! High Level and Thematic Debates of the President of the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: If I have a UN grounds pass, do I have to register or get a special pass to attend?

A: If you hold a valid UN grounds pass, you do not need to register or to request a pass. Your valid UN grounds pass will enable you to enter any of the events, space permitting.

Q: If I do not hold a valid UN grounds pass, can I obtain a special event ticket to attend?

A: Representatives invited to participate as panelists or discussants will receive a letter of invitation from the Office of the President of the General Assembly (OPGA). Representatives of civil society organizations interested in attending as observers and who do not hold a valid UN grounds pass may indicate interest in attending an event by writing to info@un-ngls.org

Q: Will the events be webcast?

A: Yes, at the time of the events, they will be webcast live here: UN Web TV Videos of the webcast will also be available after the event in the UN Web TV archive.

Q: Where will I be able to send questions and comments regarding each of the events and/or their concept notes?

A. There will be a form on each event's web page for questions and comments. You may also follow updates on the PGA events via his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pga68 or on Twitter https://twitter.com/UN_PGA.

Q: How will panelists and discussants be selected?

A. Panelists and discussants for the events and debates will be chosen through a nomination and self-selection process. The shortlist will be submitted to the OPGA for final selection. Such selection will be the sole responsibility of the PGA, based on the objectives of the respective activities.

Q: Will there be funding available for travel?

A: The OPGA will not be able to provide funds for travel.

Q:Will the OPGA provide letters of invitation to secure a visa?

A: The OPGA will not be able to provide letters of invitation to secure a visa.

Q. How will the inputs of civil society and other relevant stakeholders influence the outcomes of the High-level Events and Thematic Debates of the President of the General Assembly?

A. The inputs of civil society and other relevant stakeholders could be taken into account in the preparation of the substantive background notes being prepared for the six events. Additionally, the OPGA will produce a short action-oriented summary of each activity that will be communicated to the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals; the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing; and to the Secretary-General in the context of the preparation of his synthesis report to the UN General Assembly, to be issued by the end of 2014.

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