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The Commission on Population and Development will hold its forty-sixth session from 22 to 26 April 2013 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The theme of the session is "New Trends in Migration: Demographic Aspects". Documents for the Commission’s session are posted on the web site of the Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, www.unpopulation.org.

Only ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) may participate in the Commission’s session. The steps to follow by an organization wishing to participate are:

1. Pre-registration

ECOSOC-accredited NGO’s wishing to participate in the forty-sixth session of the Commission should pre-register online through the following web page:


If you have not received your login credentials to pre-register, please contact the Non-Governmental Organizations Branch of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (NGO Branch of DESA) at:

Kindly also note that due to the space constraints of the temporary conference facilities, a maximum of 10 representatives of each organization is permitted. As there is great interest both among governments and civil society in participating in the forty-sixth session of the Commission on Population and Development, and because only one conference room is available for its meetings, please be advised that not all representatives of an organization may find seats in the conference room, especially at peak attendance periods.

Please note: Pre-registration will close on Friday 5 April 2013.

2. Practical information on access to the event

(a) Access to the UN building

In order to get into the building, NGO representatives must have a temporary pass (or a valid annual pass).

(b)  Closed meetings

NGO representatives are welcome in the Plenary and open side events, subject to room capacity. NGO representatives are not allowed to enter closed meetings.

3. Statements

NGOs having general and special consultative status with ECOSOC may submit written statements to be circulated as official documents of the Commission. Such statements should not exceed 2,000 words (including any footnotes), and should be submitted in the form of a MS Word document double-spaced and in font Times New Roman size 12. The deadline for submission of written statements by eligible NGOs, to be circulated as official documents for consideration of the Commission at its forty-sixth session is 1 February 2013.

The address for submissions is:
eMail address for submissions

Time permitting, participating NGOs in general consultative status with ECOSOC may be given the opportunity to make an oral intervention during the session, under agenda item 4. A time limit for statements will be set by the CPD Bureau, which is expected to be five minutes or less, depending on the time available and the total number of requests received. To be included in the speakers list under agenda item 4, NGO representatives should address themselves to the Secretary of the forty-sixth session of the Commission, Ms. Emer Herity (eMail address for Herity, telephone number 917-367-5816) anytime before the start of the Commission.



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