On 27 September 2018, the United Nations General Assembly decided to hold a high-level meeting to undertake a comprehensive review of the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.
Member States are encouraged to participate in the high-level meeting, including the multistakeholder panels, at the highest possible level, and to consider including in their national delegations representatives such as parliamentarians, mayors and governors, representatives of civil society, including non-governmental organizations, indigenous leadership, community organizations and faith-based organizations, academia, philanthropic foundations and the private sector, with due regard to gender equity.
Official delegations and members of the parties of Heads of State or Government, Vice Presidents and Crown Princes or Princesses will be registered by the Protocol and Liaison Service. Missions/offices are required to submit their registration requests by using the online system “eAccreditation” available through the eDelegate Portal.
The deadline for submission of registration to the high-level meeting is Wednesday, 12 September 2018.
Observers wishing to speak during the plenary segment are kindly requested to inscribe with the list of speakers (Ms. Cassandra Price Taveras at pricec[at]un.org).
Discussions in the multi-stakeholder panels are intended to be interactive in nature, and there will be no pre-established list of speakers. Time limits for interventions will be two minutes for individual delegations and three minutes for statements made on behalf of a group of States. For planning purposes, Member States are invited to indicate their interest to intervene in one of the panels, including the name and level of the speaker, through the eDelegate Portal from Friday, 31 August, at 10 a.m. EDT, until Wednesday, 12 September, at noon EDT.
PaperSmart Services will be available for the plenary segment. Delegations are kindly requested to submit electronic versions of their statements for posting on the PaperSmart portal to papersmart[at]un.org. The title and the date of the meeting should be indicated in the subject line of the e-mail. Member States and Observers who cannot deliver their statement within the timeframe of the plenary segment may also submit their statement to PaperSmart.
Seating for Member States of the General Assembly will follow the General Assembly seating protocol and will be 1+1 for each delegation.
Access for Member States and Observers
In addition to the UN grounds pass needed to access the UN premises, secondary access cards will be needed to enter the opening, plenary and closing segments and multi- stakeholder panels in Conference Room 4 and the Trusteeship Council Chamber respectively.
For that purpose, every Permanent Mission will be issued two cards for access to Conference Room 4 and two cards for access to the Trusteeship Council Chamber. These secondary access cards, issued by the Protocol and Liaison Service, are transferable amongst members of a delegation.
The secondary access cards for Member States will be distributed by the Protocol and Liaison Service on Thursday, 20 September 2018 between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm in Conference Room B. Thereafter, access cards may be collected in the Protocol Office at Room S-0200 during office hours.
Due to the limited capacity of the conference rooms, delegations of observers of the General Assembly are invited to send an expression of interest to attend the high-level meeting in writing to the General Assembly and ECOSOC Affairs Division (email laabas[at]un.org), from Friday, 31 August to Tuesday 11 September.
For observers, access and seating will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Pick-up arrangements are the same as for Member States.
The United Nations system, including funds, programmes and specialized agencies, including the World Health Organization, regional commissions and relevant envoys of the Secretary-General, as well as the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on the Prevention and Control on NonCommunicable Diseases, are invited to participate in the high-level meeting, as appropriate, and are invited to consider initiatives in support of the preparatory process and the meeting, in particular with regard to sharing evidence and good practices, challenges and lessons learned from responses related to non-communicable diseases.
Specialized agencies of the United Nations are invited to send an expression of interest to attend the high-level meeting to WHO New York Office (NMajoor[at]whoun.org with copy to i3[at]whoun.org) no later than 31 August 2018.
Access and seating will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, and secondary access cards will be distributed by the Protocol and Liaison Service on Thursday, 20 September 2018 between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm in Conference Room B. Thereafter, access cards may be collected in the Protocol Office at Room S-0200 during office hours.
Access for UN entities United Nations entities, including funds and programmes, are invited to send an expression of interest to attend the high-level meeting to WHO New York Office (NMajoor[at]whoun.org with copy to i3[at]whoun.org) no later than 31 August 2018. Access and seating will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, and participants should expect an email with details on time and location at which the secondary access cards are to be collected.
Accreditation of non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, academic institutions and the private sector without ECOSOC consultative status is now closed.
Click here to see the list of accredited organizations
Registration of individual participants for the interactive hearing is now closed.
The registration process for representatives of non-governmental organizations with ECOSOC consultative status and other organizations with special accreditation has been completed via the UN Indico platform.
Once the applicant has received a confirmation email, they should expect a further email with details on time and location at which the special event ticket is to be collected.
Due to security restrictions for the High-Level week of the General Assembly, access to the UN will be via the checkpoint at 46 th Street and 2nd Avenue. Please note that for security purposes, a government issued photo ID is required
Media are welcome to cover the high-level meeting and to conduct press encounters, in accordance with the United Nations media accreditation procedure.
The accreditation for the high-level meeting closes on 5 September 2018. The information on press encounters can be found at the Media Accreditation and Liaison Unit (MALU) website, under Media Alert.
For any other media inquiry other than accreditation, please contact the Office of the President of the General Assembly (Ms. Katharina Kandt at kandt[at]un.org).
Regarding accreditation, media accompanying Heads of State or Government or Heads of Delegation, including official photo and video, must request media passes in advance through the eAccreditation system on the e-Delegate portal.
Media members who wish to apply independently should follow the instructions. All members of the media, with valid pass, will be escorted to designated media areas by MALU. Questions or concerns should be directed to MALU at malu[at]un.org or 212-963- 6934. Information on media arrangements during the high-level week can be found here.
As part of the preparatory process for the high-level meeting, the President of the General Assembly, with the support of the World Health Organization, convened an interactive hearing with the active participation of senior-level representatives of Member States, observers of the General Assembly, parliamentarians, representatives of local government, relevant United Nations entities, non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council, invited civil society organizations, philanthropic foundations, academia, medical associations, the private sector and broader communities on 5 June 2018.
The summary of the civil society hearing is available here
Programme of the hearing is available here.