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  ACCREDITATION OF MAJOR GROUPS IN THE WSSD PROCESS

The Commission on Sustainable Development acting as the Preparatory Committee for the World Summit on Sustainable Development held its first meeting from 31 April- 3 May 2001 in New York. Its decision 2001/PC/3 defined the accreditation and registration process for non-governmental participants. The UN General Assembly subsequently endorsed this decision in resolution A/RES/56/226.

Under the rules of procedure established by Prepcom I, NGOs and other major groups in consultative status with ECOSOC and on the roster of the Commission on Sustainable Development were requested to register through the Secretariat in order to participate. Those not accredited but interested to participate were invited to apply for accreditation to the Summit by submitting, no later than four weeks before the start of each Preparatory Committee meeting, information on their relevance and involvement in sustainable development issues, particularly in the follow-up process to the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development.

The Secretariat, with support from United Nations Non-governmental Liaison Service and relevant others as appropriate, evaluated the applications and recommended lists of NGOs and other major groups for accreditation to the Preparatory Committee. In cases where the Secretariat was unable to recommend an organization for accreditation it had to explain the reasons for the decision. Lists of recommended NGOs and other major groups were submitted to the second, third and fourth Preparatory Committees at the beginning of each session.

NGOs and other major groups accredited to the Summit process could then attend all future preparatory sessions and the Summit itself. Accreditation was a continuous process during which the Preparatory Committee accredited a total of 737 NGOs and other major groups by consensus. In two cases the Secretariat's recommendation for accreditation was not approved.

Accreditation of Non-governmental Organizations and other Major Groups to the World Summit on Sustainable Development(PrepCom II)
28 January - 8 February 2002, New York Accreditation for 172 NGOs and other major groups was approved (E/CN.17/2002/PC.2/16 and Annex 1) with the exception of one organization (E/CN.17/2002/PC.2/19)

Accreditation of Non-governmental Organizations and other Major Groups to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (PrepCom III)
25 March - 5 April 2002, New York
Accreditation for 175 NGOs and other major groups was approved (A/CONF.199/PC/6 and Annex 1)

Accreditation of Non-governmental Organizations and other Major Groups to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (PrepCom IV)
27 May - 7 June, Bali, Indonesia
Accreditation for 390 NGOs and other major groups was approved (A/CONF.199/PC/20 and Annex 1) with the exception of two organizations

Consolidated List of Non - Governmental Organizations and Other Major Groups Accredited to the World Summit on Sustainable Development at Prepcoms II, III and IV

Information for Participants in the World Summit on Sustainable Development (A/CONF.199/INF/1)

Provisional Rules of Procedure for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (A/CONF.199/2)



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