Access to the United Nations: how to get the right pass/badge



Representatives must bring a copy of the form/letter when coming to pick up their pass.

New York
One UN Plaza
Room DC1-1480
tel: (1-212) 963-8652
fax: (1-212) 963-9248
desangosection@un.org

Geneva
NGO Liaison Office Palais des Nations
Room 155
tel: (41-22) 917-2178
fax: (41-22) 917-0583
or 917-2127
ungeneva.ngoliaison@unog.ch

Vienna
NGO Liaison Office
Room E1416
UN Office in Vienna
Vienna International Centre
tel: (43-1) 26060-4136
fax: (43-1) 26060-5929

New York Headquarters:

Members or representatives of an accredited non-governmental organization should obtain an appropriate grounds pass.

Representatives with valid annual grounds passes, may enter United Nations headquarters through the NGO doorway at the Visitorís entrance at 46th Street and First Avenue, or through the NGO doorway at the Secretariat entrance at 42nd Street and First Avenue.

Representatives of NGOs who are accredited to the United Nations for a specific period of time, (temporary badges) may only enter United Nations headquarters through the NGO doorway at 46th Street.

During the three week-long General Debate beginning in September, or when heightened security considerations require extra measures, the NGO doorway at 46th Street shall be the only entry point into United Nations headquarters.

The Delegatesí entrance at 45th Street and 1st Avenue is strictly reserved for delegations from the Permanent and Observer Missions and can not be used by NGOs.

Passes must be displayed visibly when entering and exiting, and while present on United Nations premises.

How to get a grounds pass in New York?

In order to get a pass, NGO representatives must come first to the NGO section of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (New York).

One UN Plaza, Room DC1-1480
(First Avenue and 44th Street)
tel: (1-212) 963-8652
fax: (1-212) 963-9248
desangosection@un.org

Once in the lobby of the DC1 Building (One UN Plaza) please show a copy of the form where the representative is being designated to the security guard and come up to the 14th floor. Our office will authorize the issuance of a pass and direct the representatives to go to the Pass and I.D. Unit of the United Nations Security and Safety Service, located at 45th Street and First Avenue (UNITAR Building), where their picture will be taken and a grounds pass will be given to them. Please allow at least 20 minutes for this transaction.

Passes are issued Monday through Friday 9:00 AM - 12:45 PM and 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Restricted access to the second floor

The General Assembly Hall will continue to be a restricted area. Fifty seats at the front of the 4th floor balcony are reserved for members of accredited NGOs who wish to attend meetings of the General Assembly.

During the General Debate, or when heightened security considerations require extra measures, access to the second floor by members of accredited NGOs shall not be permitted.

When meetings of Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), subsidiary bodies of ECOSOC, or any other meetings of relevant organs to which accredited NGOs have been invited to attend, are held in the Chambers on the second floor, members of accredited NGOs shall be permitted to access these meetings on the second floor.

At all other times, members of accredited NGOs must be in possession of a Special Pass in order to access the second floor of the conference building. These Special Passes are available from the NGO section of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (Room DC1-1480).

The North Delegate's Lounge

Members of accredited NGOs are not permitted in the North Delegateís Lounge unless accompanied by a delegate from a Permanent or Observer Mission, or are in possession of a Special Pass.

Please keep in mind that,

On United Nations premises, members of accredited NGOs must comply with the requests and instructions of United Nations officials and security staff relating to access and use of United Nations facilities and premises.

Interfering with the free flow of traffic at any time is not permitted. United Nations security staff are authorized to request any person to move from any area or to remove their belongings for safety and security reasons.

Members of accredited NGOs should not access any floor above the fifth floor of the United Nations Secretariat building without an appointment with a United Nations official.

Members of accredited NGOs must 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.

Surrendering Passes

Members of accredited NGOs shall immediately surrender their United Nations grounds pass, or any other prescribed identification, to the Pass and I.D. Unit of the United Nations Security and Safety Service, for cancellation upon:

  • expiration of the pass or prescribed identification;
  • completion of any assignment(s) for which temporary accreditation may have been provided;
  • suspension or termination of accreditation of the individual NGO member by the Secretariat, or by his/her organization;
  • the expiration without renewal of accreditation of the NGO to which the individual belongs;