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Thank you for your interest in being a part of the Johannesburg 2002 process -- the World Summit on Sustainable Development and its Preparatory Committee (Prepcom) meetings.

The Johannesburg 2002 process emphasizes participation of major groups, based on the decisions of the first Prepcom in late April 2001 (Prepcom I decisions). These decisions enable a preparatory process and a Summit that is open, transparent and highly participatory. The Summit is expected to be the largest global event to-date and to set new participatory precedents.

Where do I start ?
If your organization wants to participate in the Summit or its Prepcoms, it must first be accredited. Only organizations can be accredited to an inter-governmental meeting. Individuals wishing to participate in the Summit or its preparatory process must be affiliated with an accredited organization.

For accreditation purposes, the UN considers all Major Group organizations as Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs), and accredits them as such even though the organization may represent major group constituencies such as women’s organizations, youth groups, associations of local authorities, indigenous peoples’ groups, business associations, trade unions, scientific bodies or farmers organizations.

Prepcom I decided that all NGOs that are currently in consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), including those on the CSD List, are automatically accredited to the Johannesburg 2002 process. These NGOs need only to pre-register to inform the Summit Secretariat that they are participating. (Follow this link to go to the pre-registration process)

Non-governmental actors that are not currently in consultative status with ECOSOC (or not on the CSD List) need to apply for accreditation with the Summit. (Follow this link to go to the accreditation process).

Once accredited, non-governmental actors can send representatives to any or all of the four steps of the Summit:
  • Prepcom 2
    New York, UN Headquarters, 28 January - 8 February 2002
  • Prepcom 3
    New York, UN Headquarters, 25 March - 5 April
  • Prepcom 4
    Jakarta, Indonesia, 27 May - 7 June 2002
  • Johannesburg 2002
    Johannesburg, South Africa, 26 August - 04 September 2002

Participation questions? Contact us :
By email: 2002participation@un.org
By Phone: 1-212-963-8811; 1-212-963-7255; 1-212-963-8429
By fax: 1-917-367-2341;1-917-367-2342
By mail/in person: Ms. Zehra Aydin-Sipos, Coordinator Major Group Relationships
Ms. Sangeeta Sharma, Major Group Relationships
Ms. Maria Theresa Olvida, Major Group Relationships
Johannesburg Summit Secretariat
United Nations Major Group Relationships
2 United Nations Plaza, 22nd Floor New York, NY, 10017

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