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Joahannesburg Summit 2002
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  Accreditation Process

WSSD Accreditation is now closed (the final deadline was Monday, 29 April 2002).
Thank you for your interest in Johannesburg 2002 – The World Summit on Sustainable Development. Organizations that have submitted complete application packets to the Summit Secretariat before the deadline will be contacted shortly.

For Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) NOT in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (including the CSD List)

First things first …….

All major group organizations currently not in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (or not on the CSD List) and wish to take part in the Johannesburg 2002 process must apply for accreditation. Accreditation decisions are made by the Summit’s Preparatory Committee (Prepcom) meetings.

Accreditation enables non-governmental organizations to send representatives to the Summit or its Prepcoms and make contributions to the process by bringing their experiences, views, and suggestions as they relate to the Summit’s themes.

Once an organization is granted accreditation at any stage of the preparatory process, it is accredited for the duration including the Summit. Review of applications will be carried out at the beginning of the following Prepcom meetings:
  • Prepcom 2
    New York, UN Headquarters, 28 January - 8 February 2002
  • Prepcom 3
    New York, UN Headquarters, 25 March - 5 April
  • Prepcom 4
    Bali, Indonesia, 27 May - 7 June 2002
  • Johannesburg 2002
    Johannesburg, South Africa, 26 August - 04 September 2002
Applying for Summit Accreditation

Please fill out the form below and submit all necessary information by the deadlines provided. Note that merely filling out and sending this form does not complete the application process. You must provide additional information as specified in the form. Please read the instructions on the form carefully.

Application Deadlines

Applications must be received four weeks in advance of the start of a given Prepcom meeting. The deadlines are:
  • To be reviewed by Prepcom 2, your application must be received by 2 January 2002
  • To be reviewed by Prepcom 3, your application must be received by 25 February 2002
  • To be reviewed by Prepcom 4, your application must be received by 29 April 2002
Three steps to accreditation…
  • Fill out the accreditation form. All new applicants for Summit accreditation must start by providing the Summit Secretariat with basic information regarding their organization. Follow this link to go to the accreditation form. The form aims to elicit information that will help us determine your organization’s relevance and competence in the field of sustainable development. Please provide answers that are clear and concise to help us understand your organization’s work, the experience it can bring to the Johannesburg 2002 process, and the potential contribution it can make to the Summit’s goals.
  • Submit additional materials (hard copies). Your application is not complete until the Summit Secretariat receives the additional materials requested in the accreditation form. Please send hard copies of these materials, along with a print out of the completed accreditation form to the following mailing address or fax number:

    Johannesburg Summit Secretariat
    United Nations Major Groups Relationships
    2 United Nations Plaza, 22nd Floor
    New York NY 10017
    Fax: +1- 917- 367- 2341 or +1- 917- 367- 2342

    These materials must be received by the deadlines listed above. Please note that the Summit Secretariat cannot process your application until all required information is received.
  • Receive confirmation letter from the Secretariat. The Summit Secretariat will confirm completion of the application in writing.
What is next?

Based on the Prepcom I decision, the Summit Secretariat together with the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS) will review the applications to determine each applicant organization’s relevance to and competence in the field of sustainable development. Those for whom relevance and competence is established will be recommended to Prepcom 2, 3 or 4 (depending on when the application is received) for an inter-governmental review. The Summit Secretariat will notify those organizations that are granted accreditation by the Prepcom by fax or email immediately, to facilitate their participation as soon as possible.


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