IWTC WOMEN’S GLOBALNET #345

ACTIVITIES & INITIATIVES OF WOMEN WORLDWIDE

 

SAVE THE DATE - MARCH 2 TO 13 IS THE 2009 COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN

November 26, 2008

Joeyta Bose

 

1.     REGISTER BY JANUARY 9 FOR 2009 UN COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN

2.     RAISING YOUR VOICE: DEADLINE NOV 28

3.     NGO COMMITTEE ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN INITIATIVES & EVENTS RE CSW 2009

4.     PROTOCOLS & PROCEDURES FOR HOSTING AN EVENT DURING THE CSW

 

1. REGISTER WITH THE UN DIVISION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF WOMEN BY JAN 9

Individuals and organizations who wish to participate in the 53rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) scheduled for March 2 to 13, 2009 at UN headquarters in New York must register with the UN Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW)  by January 9, 2009.  This year’s session will focus on “The equal sharing of responsibilities between men and women, including caregiving in the context of HIV/AIDS” as its priority theme, while considering ‘Equal participation of women and men in decision-making processes at all levels’ as a sub- or review theme.

 

Formal participation by NGOs in the CSW (i.e. attendance at events taking place at the UN) is only open to individuals representing organizations that have ECOSOC affiliation with the UN (please see the end of this GlobalNet for information about procedures for ECOSOC affiliation).  In early November, invitation letters to the CSW containing essential login and password information were faxed and e-mailed to all ECOSOC-affiliated organizations.  If your organization has not received a letter of invitation, e-mail desangosection@un.org to verify that the contact information for your organization is correct.  If the information is correct, contact a DAW representative at csw53@un.org who will re-send the letter.  If the contact is incorrect, you can ask that corrections be made by desangosection@un.org before you make a request for the letter to be re-sent.

 

Once you have your invitation letter with your login and password information, you can register on-line with DAW at http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/csw53/register.  Three days after the online registration is completed, confirmation letters will be available for download from the DAW site. The letter is critical for those who require visas as well as for on-site registration which enables delegates to get UN grounds passes.

 

2. RAISING YOUR VOICE & YOUR ISSUES: DEADLINE NOVEMBER 28, 2008

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

ECOSOC-affiliated NGOs can provide written statements about the thematic issues of this year. Though the deadline for individual statements is now passed, organizations can still submit joint statements no later than November 28, 2008. Please submit statements via email to csw53@un.org, with “Written Statement/<the NGO’s Name>” in the subject line. Written statements are reviewed, formatted and compiled by DAW and then distributed during the session to all participants. The statement should be submitted in one of the official languages of the United Nations (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish) and all signatories must be ECOSOC-accredited. Statements from NGOs with ‘general’ consultative status should not exceed 2,000 words, while NGOs with ‘special’ consultative status should limit their statements to 1,500 words. Formatting requirements are quite strict and details can be found http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/csw53/NGO.html#written

 

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 three minutes), as time is limited.  Please submit requests for oral statements to csw52@un.org by February 27, 2009. Further procedural details will be posted at: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/csw53/NGO.html#oral

 

3. NGO COMMITTEE ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN CSW BLOG AND PLANNED EVENTS

The NGO Committee on the Status of Women, New York,  is working closely with DAW to organize and facilitate NGO participation at the CSW.  As in past years, this committee will select all NGO events to take place during the two-week commission, produce a handbook with a calendar of events, and will organize an all day NGO consultation immediately prior to the official opening of the CSW.   To find out more about the committee’s CSW activities, visit http://www.ngocsw.org/en/events/.  This site will include registration for the NGO Consultation Day which will take place on Sunday, March 1, 2009.

 

An NGO CSW blog is a new initiative of the Committee  this year.  It is intended to enhance and inform NGO participation in the months leading up to the CSW,.  Topics to be featured include insights into its discussions around the two CSW themes and important information which surfaces during its bi-weekly planning meetings of the Committee. The collaborative blog (http://ngocswnycsw53.wordpress.com/) is open for comments and inputs.

 

4. HOLDING A WORKSHOP DURING THE CSW: PROTOCOLS

Using the login and password information received with their invitation letter, ECOSOC-accredited NGOs who wish to host workshops (“Parallel Events” in UN-speak) must submit a different proposal for each requested event by January 9, 2009 on the DAW website: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/conf/seforms/frmLogin.asp?loginType=NGOentity.

After the deadline, DAW forwards all requests to the NGO committee, which will then allocate space and time slots for the events. The committee will then send this information back to DAW where it will go towards an online schedule of workshops.  This calendar will be available a week before the CSW opens and will be updated regularly over the two weeks.  Every effort is made to accommodate all workshop requests, but in the event that requests outnumber space/time slots, the NGO Committee will judge which workshops will take place. Further, 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), your event 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, and your sponsoring UN Agency or Mission must be aware that they will be responsible for covering the costs of the room. 

 

Non-ECOSOC accredited organizations are also permitted to host workshops and events.  However, these are scheduled only after all other events have been accommodated and room is still available.  Non-ECOSOC accredited organizations wishing to host an event should write to Vivian Pender, chair of the NGO committee, at info@ngocsw.org. 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) 209-716

 

UN WORKING NOTE: HOW TO APPLY FOR ECOSOC ACCREDITATION

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 is quite lengthy and, as such, your organization will not be accredited in time to attend CSW 2009.  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.

 

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