60th Annual DPI/NGO Conference - United Nations, New York, 5-7 September 2007

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. How do I get my visa to the United States?

Please be advised that the DPI/NGO Section cannot assist NGO representatives in obtaining United States visas, and we cannot fax confirmation letters to United States embassies. Arrangements for travel, visa, and accommodations, as well as all expenses related to participation in the Conference, must be entirely provided by the participants or their sponsoring organisation.

Many countries have special agreements with the United States, which allows their citizens to visit for a limited period of time without the requirement of a visa.

For information on the various kinds of visas and how to obtain them, please visit the United States Immigration support site at http://www.usimmigrationsupport.org/.

Q. How do I find accommodations?

For general information on New York City, including accommodations, please visit www.nycvisit.com

Q. How do I get to the Conference?

The 60th Annual DPI/NGO Conference will be held at United Nations Headquarters, located on 1st Avenue at 46th Street in New York City.

The closest subway station is Grand Central Station, located between Lexington Avenue and 42nd Street, only a few blocks away from the UN.

Q. Will there be Internet access at UN Headquarters?

There is wireless Internet access in various parts of the UN building which can be accessed using your own computer/laptop.

Q. Where do I register for the Conference?

The Conference is open to representatives of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) and those in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

The registration for the Conference is online. For more information on how to register please visit our Registration page.

Q. What are the dos and donítís inside the UN complex?

  • Please comply with the requests and instructions of United Nations officials and security staff relating to access and use of United Nations facilities and premises.
  • Do not interfere with the free flow of traffic at any time. United Nations security staff is authorised to request any person to move from any area or to remove their belongings for safety and security reasons.
  • Do not access any floor above the fifth floor of the United Nations Secretariat building without an appointment with a United Nations official.
  • Do not enter designated media areas. Persons without a media pass are not permitted to carry media equipment onto United Nations premises. Any person attempting to do so, or falsely representing him / herself as a media representative, will be removed from conference rooms and from other designated media areas.
  • Smoking, eating and drinking are prohibited in the conference rooms. Flash cameras are not allowed when meetings are in session, and cellular phones must be switched off.
  • Participants may carry small briefcases or handbags into conference rooms. Large bags, suitcases, trolleys or carryalls are not permitted in conference rooms.

Q. How do I get more information about the Conference?

For information about the Conference, please take a few minutes to acquaint yourself with this interactive website and its contents. If you have additional questions and are unable to find the answers, please e-mail us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.