NGOs that are accredited to and in good standing with the Economic and Social Council, may send representatives to annual sessions of CSW at United Nations Headquarters.
NGOs with or without consultative status with the Economic and Social Council, may organize and attend parallel events held outside United Nations premises, for example in the Church Center. To do so, they should contact the NGO Committee on the Status of Women (http://www.ngocsw.org/), which is a group of New York-based women’s NGOs in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council.
Invitation letters are sent to the e-mail addresses registered in the integrated Civil Society Organizations (iCSO) System of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) by NGOs in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council. They are encouraged to make sure that their profile and contact information on the iCSO system includes the latest correct information about their organizations.
Pre-registration period: 11 November 2013 to
27 January 2014
Because of increasing demands on limited space, it has become necessary to reduce the numbers of attendees from civil society. This number should be kept to a minimum and should not exceed 20 representatives per organization.
Please note that, should the session take place in the North Lawn Building, participants will need a secondary pass to gain access. One or two such secondary passes per/organization will be distributed at or near the registration site. Organizations should also be aware that, in this context, entry into official meetings can still not be guaranteed to all who wish to attend.
Instructions for changing / editing names of representatives who have been pre-registered
Names and contact details of representatives can be edited by clicking on the relevant name on the CSO net.
While logged-in to the CSO net, organizations can also cancel the pre-registration of a representative by clicking on the (unlist icon) button. The name will continue to appear in the system, but the person will no longer be pre-registered.
Please note that an Organization’s login ID and passwords are strictly confidential.
NGOs should not give their organization’s login ID or password to any other organization.
All pre-registration-related questions should be sent to the official CSW e-mail address. The subject line should read “CSW pre-registration”.
Confirmation of pre-registration
Once an NGO representative has been pre-registered, a confirmation letter can be downloaded and printed for her/him from the same webpage.
Application for a United Nations Grounds Pass
Before arriving at on-site registration at United Nations Headquarters, all participants need to fill out and print an application form for a UN grounds pass which will be available in the organization’s account on CSO net. Participants will be required to show this form at on-site registration in order to obtain a grounds pass.
Upon arrival at the United Nations, each pre-registered NGO representative must register on site in order to obtain a grounds pass. Specifics regarding on-site registration and issuance of grounds passes are provided in the confirmation letter and in NGO advisories in the period preceding CSW.
The United Nations will not make travel or visa arrangements or pay for any expenses in connection with the participation of NGO representatives in the sessions of CSW. Such arrangements and costs are the exclusive responsibility of participants.
Participants are encouraged to submit their visa applications well in advance
, in accordance with their local United States Consulate requirements, in order to allow sufficient time for processing.
Written statements to CSW may only be submitted by NGOs in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council on the thematic issues considered by CSW in accordance with Council resolution 1996/31. These statements are submitted months prior to any session in order to allow time for processing and issuance of the statements as official United Nations documents for the Commission.
DEADLINE: 25 October 2013
Online submission of written statements
- Written statements from NGOs in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council will be accepted between 10 October to 25 October 2013 via CSO-Net.
Statements sent by email cannot be accepted.
- Written statements should be submitted in one of the official languages of the United Nations (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish). Organizations wishing to submit their statement in more than one official language must specify which language version is the original, and which other language versions are to be used as references for translation;
- Statements by organizations in general consultative status with the Council should not exceed 2000 words; statements by organizations in special consultative status with the Council should not exceed 1500 words;
- If the statement is supported by another NGO(s) in consultative status with the Council, a note to that effect should be added at the end of the document. The names of the NGOs should be in alphabetical order.
- Incomprehensible and/or repetitive text will be deleted.
- Footnotes should be avoided.
- The start of a new paragraph should be indicated with a double line break; paragraphs of the statement should not be numbered.
- We suggest that you prepare your statement in Microsoft Word or a similar application for text processing and save it on your PC. If you do not save it in advance, you might lose it later during submission, e.g. if your PC loses the connection to the online system.
Sign-up period: 16 January to 19 February 2014
for requests to make an oral statement
Oral statements may be delivered during the general discussion by a limited number of NGOs in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council subject to time availability.
Preference will be given to NGOs speaking about the priority theme, on behalf of groups of organizations, caucuses, or coalitions. Instructions about the process will be communicated via email to each NGO representative requesting to make a statement.
Oral statements should not exceed three minutes. (i.e., about two pages double-spaced using font size 12).
Interactive expert panels
Sign-up period: 16 January to 19 February 2014
A limited number of NGOs in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council will be able to participate as discussant during the interactive panels. Interventions must be focused on the theme of the panel. Inputs on other issues will not be accommodated. Instructions will be communicated via e-mail to each NGO representative requesting to make an intervention.
Interventions should NOT be in the form of prepared statements and NGOs are therefore not required to submit copies of such interventions. These interventions must take the form of comments or questions to the experts on the panels. Interventions are not to exceed three minutes.
The programme of side events or activities organized outside the formal programme of the session of the Commission will provide an excellent opportunity for Member States, UN entities and NGOs to discuss themes of the Commission and other critical gender equality issues.
Side events held on United Nations premises
Permanent Missions and United Nations entities hold side events on United Nations premises during the CSW session.
The programme of side events or activities organized outside the formal programme of the session of the Commission provides an excellent opportunity for Member States, United Nations entities and NGOs to discuss themes of the Commission and other critical gender equality issues.
» CSW57 side events
Parallel events held by NGOs in the Church Center and other locations
Parallel events organized by NGOs take place outside United Nations premises, usually in the Church Center (located at the intersection of 44th Street and First Avenue, across from the United Nations Secretariat building). Any NGO may organize and attend these events – subject to space availability.
NGOs wishing to organize a parallel event during the CSW session should directly contact the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, which is a group of New York-based women’s NGOs in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council: http://www.ngocsw.org/.
Calendar of side events
A schedule of side events organized by Permanent Missions and United Nations entities has been posted on the UN Women website: http://www.unwomen.org/csw/csw57/side-events
A schedule of parallel events organized by NGOs has been posted on the website of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women:
Questions on parallel events organized by NGOs
All questions on NGO-sponsored events should be directed to the NGO Committee on the Status of Women: http://www.ngocsw.org/.
NGO advisories contain important information about CSW onsite registration, access to meetings, and side events.
The advisories are sent to the official email addresses of organizations that pre-register representatives. Be sure that contact details are up-to-date.
Eligibility / accreditation
Is my NGO eligible to participate in CSW?
How does an NGO become eligible to participate in CSW?
How does an NGO obtain consultative status with the Economic and Social Council?
Invitation / pre-registration
How do I pre-register representatives?
How many representatives can my NGO pre-register?
What do I do if login to pre-registration fails?
How can I retrieve my organization login ID or password?
Who can hold side events on United Nations premises?
Who schedules parallel events in the Church Center?
What is the deadline for submitting written statements?
What language can I submit a written statement in?
How long should oral statements be?
Travel and visas
Can the United Nations help me obtain a visa to the United States?
Can the United Nations fund my travel or my stay in New York?
Can the United Nations help me find a hotel in New York?
What is the NGO Committee on the Status of Women?
How can I contact the NGO Committee on the Status of Women?
How can media representatives attend CSW?
How can I contact the local office of UN Women in my region?
I have other unanswered questions – who can I contact?
Please e-mail your question to the official CSW e-mail address.