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Special Event


22 February 2010, 3.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m., United Nations, New York


Dear Participant,

Welcome to the ECOSOC 2010 Special Event on Philanthropy, which will be held in the ECOSOC Chamber at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.  This note will inform participants of the important logistical issues concerning the Special Event.  Subsequent notes will be made available, if necessary, and will address in greater detail issues such as the programme and security restrictions.

Purpose of the special event

The event is organized as part of the preparatory process for the 2010 Economic and Social Council’s Annual Ministerial Review on implementing the internationally agreed goals and commitments in regard to gender equality and empowerment of women, which will be held during its annual session in July 2010.  The main focus of this year’s event will be on women’s economic empowerment and the fight to end violence against women and girls. These two issue areas have been chosen in consultation with United Nations experts and cooperating partner organizations.

Participation at the special event

Chaired by the President of the Economic and Social Council, with the participation of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, 300-400 representatives from Member States, the private sector, philanthropic institutions, NGOs and Academia are expected to come to this Special Event.


This event is co-organized by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP), the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), in collaboration with the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP). Experts, public figures and corporate and non-corporate foundations are being invited to come to the United Nations to discuss possible partnerships in support of efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goal on “Gender equality and the empowerment of women”. 

The opening session will start at 3.00 p.m.  The President of ECOSOC, the Secretary-General of the United Nations and a keynote speaker will address the Plenary.  There will be two dialogue sessions:  (1) ending violence against women and girls: and (2) promoting women’s economic empowerment.  The outcomes of these break-out sessions will be reported back to the Plenary.

Arrival in the United Nations

Due to strict security measures, we encourage you to arrive at least one hour before the start of the Plenary at 3.00 p.m.  Please proceed to the Visitors’ Entrance, located on First Avenue off 46th Street.  Non-UN pass holders will be requested to go through the “tent” located at the entrance and present a valid photo ID.  You will be required to check in suitcases and large carry-all bags.  We apologize for this inconvenience but please allow enough time to go through this process.

Registration and issuance of identification badges

All participants must register in advance through the secretariat of ECOSOC.  On the day of the event, registration desks will be located in the Lobby of the Visitors’ Entrance of the General Assembly Building.  Security identification badges will be issued upon presentation of a valid picture ID.  These badges have to be worn at all times while on the United Nations premises.  Only written registrations will be taken into account for the issuance of an entry badge.

Please note that participation at this Special Event is by invitation only.  These invitations are not transferable without the permission of the organizers of the meeting.

IIf you have not sent in your registration, we urge you to do so by 29 January 2010, and return by email to or by fax at (1-212) 963-7454.


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ECOSOC secretariat contact information

For substantive issues:
Mr. Ajit Yogasundram, telephone (1-212) 963-5737, email
Ms. Katinka Patscher, telephone (1-212) 963-4931, email

For media accreditation:
Mr. Paul Simon, telephone (1-917) 5027, email

For logistical issues:
Ms. Rosalinda O. Sanchez, telephone (1-212) 963-4686, email