IWTC Women's GlobalNet #328
Activities and Initiatives of Women Worldwide

Deadline fast approaching to register for the 2008 UN Commission on the Status of Women meeting

December 10 2007
Natalie Raaber


1. Deadline for Registration

3. Having Your Voice Heard

 A. Submitting a Written Statement

 B. Submitting an Oral Statement

4. Future CSW Sessions


1. Deadline for Registration
The 28 December 2007 deadline is quickly approaching for ECOSOC-accredited NGOs to register for participation in the 52nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).  Held at the United Nations in New York from 25 February to 7 March 2008, this year’s CSW will consider the theme: “Financing for gender equality and the empowerment of women.”  The review theme will be "Women's participation in conflict prevention, management, conflict resolution and in post-conflict peace-building.” 


Registration for CSW 52 is available online at the Division for the Advancement of Women’s (DAW) website: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/52sess.htm


Invitation letters to ECOSOC-accredited NGOs were sent out in the middle of November 2007 by fax and/or email.  The invitation letter contains a username and password for use in registration.  If your organization did not receive an invitation letter, please contact the Division for the Advancement of Women at csw52@un.org immediately.  Additionally, if your contact details have changed, please notify DESA NGO Section via email at desangosection@un.org and send a copy of the email to DAW at csw52@un.org.


If your organization is not ECOSOC-accredited and would like to apply for ECOSOC accreditation, please visit: http://www.un.org/esa/coordination/ngo. The accreditation process takes quite some time and, as such, your organization will not be accredited in time to attend CSW 2008.  If your organization is considering applying for accreditation, the following criteria, amongst others, must be met in order to be eligible:

- Applying organization's activities must be relevant to the work of ECOSOC

- The organization must have an established headquarters

- The organization must have been in existence (officially registered) for at least 2 years

- The organization must have a democratic decision making mechanism

- The major portion of the organization’s funds should be derived from contributions from national affiliates, individual members or other non-governmental components.



ECOSOC-accredited NGOs desiring to host workshops (“Parallel Events” in UN speak) must register by 28 December 2007.  Using the ID number and password included in your invitation letter, your organization can register here: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/conf/seforms/frmLogin.asp?loginType=NGOentity


Workshop registration has changed in recent years.  The following information is based on the model used during last year’s CSW session and is meant to provide general guidance. This is what typically happens during the process:  Your NGO will register online with DAW.  DAW will then send your request to the NGO Committee on the Status of Women (the NGO Committee), which will then allocate space and time slots for the requested workshops/events.  Allocations will be made by the end of January 2008.  The NGO Committee will then send this information back to DAW and DAW will use it to create an online calendar detailing the schedule of workshops.  The calendar should be up by the beginning of February 2008.  In the past, all requests for workshops have been granted.  All efforts will be made to accommodate workshop requests this year, as well.  However, in the event that workshop requests out number space/time slots, the NGO Committee will determine which workshops will be held.


NGO workshops typically take place at the Church Center, located at the intersection of 44th Street and First Avenue.  NGOs organizing events must bring their own equipment/supplies to the Church Center, as these will not be provided.  If your organization would like to use UN grounds for event(s), you must be co-sponsored by a UN Agency or a Permanent Mission. The co-sponsoring UN Agency or Permanent Mission must have their representatives participating in the event.  There is a room and equipment charge for the use of UN facilities; your sponsoring UN Agency or Mission must be aware that they will be responsible for covering the costs of the room.  Please note that if you plan on using PowerPoint, you should make the necessary arrangements to ensure that all equipment needed is available and present (this is also true if your event is being held at the Church Center).


During CSW 2007, non-ECOSOC accredited organizations were also permitted to host a workshop/event.  However, theirs were scheduled only after all other events were accommodated for and room was still available.  We suspect it will be the same set-up for CSW 2008.  Non-ECOSOC accredited organizations wishing to host an event should write to Vivian Pender, chair of the NGO Committee of the CSW, at vp52@columbia.edu. Please include your organization’s name, address, contact information (phone, fax, e-mail), the title of your proposed event, a brief description of the event, the number of people you expect to attend the event and the date and time you prefer.  If you do not have access to email, you can contact the NGO Committee at: 

708 3rd Ave.  5th Floor, Room 101

New York, NY 10017

Fax number: +1 (212) 209-7161


3. Having Your Voice Heard

ECOSOC-Accredited NGOs can and are encouraged to participate in several ways.  NGO’s may observe the meetings, present written and/or oral statements, meet official government delegations and advocate to delegations in the context of negotiations of agreed conclusions and resolutions. 


Among the various opportunities to make your voice heard, your organization may want to consider:


A) Submitting a Written Statement

NGOs can provide written statements on the thematic issues of this year. Statement submissions must be made no later than 10 December 2007.   Please submit statements via email to csw52@un.org, with subject line “Written Statement.”  Written Statements are reviewed, formatted and compiled by DAW and then distributed during the session to all participants.


The statement should be written and submitted in one of the official languages of the United Nations (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish). NGOs with general consultative status should make sure that their statements do not exceed 2,000 words, while NGOs with special consultative status should limit their statements to 1,500 words. For detailed guidelines relating to written statements, please visit http://www.un.org/esa/coordination/ngo/


B) Submitting an Oral Statement

NGOs can request to make an oral statement.  Oral statements typically occur during the first week of the session and are made during the general debate of government delegates to the CSW as well as during the two thematic panel discussions.  DAW submits to the Chair and the Secretary of the CSW the list of speakers before each session starts.  The CSW Chairperson will then decide which NGOs will be given the opportunity to speak and when they will be able to deliver their statement. Not all requests will be granted.  Priority will be given to speakers making a statement on behalf of networks of organizations or caucuses.  Considerations will also be given to geographical and age diversity and whether the NGO has previously submitted a written statement.  Statements should be short (no longer than two minutes), as time is limited.  Please submit requests for oral statements to csw52@un.org.


NGOs requesting to make oral statements should provide 22 copies of their statement to the CSW Registration Desk or the DAW Information/ Help Desk before the start of the session.  The copies should be clearly marked with the words "Oral Statement" and include the contact person's name, email address and mobile phone number (if available).  The statement should be less than two double-spaced pages.


4. Future CSW Sessions

A note on future CSW meetings: Due to the ongoing UN renovations, it is likely that the 2009 CSW as well as the following years’ sessions will not be held at the UN Headquarters.  It will, most likely, continue to be held in New York, however, at a different site. 


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