Information for NGOs
- Accreditation, invitation & pre-registration
- Important information for attending NGOs
1. Accreditation, invitation & pre-registration
Over 3,600 NGOs accredited to the Special Session have
been re-invited by letter to attend the Special Session
from May 8-10. NGOs who had pre-registered for the September
2001 session must complete the new pre-registration
forms received with their re-invitation letter. Pre-registration
forms will be accepted only from officially invited
NGOs. Members of accredited NGOs who wish to see the
invitation letter should contact their headquarters
New Final list of NGO Participants
to the Special Session [word]
Preliminary list of NGOs pre-registered for the Special
List of NGOs approved for accreditation to the Special
There are three criteria for NGO invitation to the
Special Session on Children:
- NGOs accredited in accordance with the Economic
and Social Council (ECOSOC) Resolution 1996/31
- NGOs in consultative status with UNICEF
- NGOs not accredited with either of the above but
have a collaborative relationship and partnership
with UNICEF and accredited prior to the October 2000
The accreditation process for
the Special Session on Children has been closed.
To learn about side events prior to and during the
SSC in the NY metropolitan area, consult the section
Agenda and activities
or visit the website of the US
Fund for UNICEF.
NGOs and the Preparatory Process
Preparations for the Special Session on Children (SSC)
have resumed. Invitations have been sent to more than
3,600 accredited NGOs.
NGOs from around the world have participated in the
preparatory process, providing feedback on the Draft
outcome document and to the mass mobilization efforts
towards the Global Movement
for Children. During the Special Session, NGOs will
join with governments, international organizations and
the private sector to address issues of common concern
and to discuss the goals and outcome of the special
Read more about past NGO
participation in the 2nd and 3rd Preparatory Committees.
2. Important information for attending NGOs
Each accredited NGO is allowed a maximum of four representatives.
Space is provided on the pre-registration form for the
names of these individuals.
Requirements for the participation of children &
NGO representatives under the age of 18 but must be
accompanied by a chaperone. Children and young people
and their chaperones are counted as part of the four-member
delegation. NGOs must also ensure the completion of
the Parent/Guardian Consent Form, also included with
the re-invitation letter.
When we receive the pre-registration forms, we will
send each nominated representative a confirmation letter
by fax. This letter serves as the official invitation
to your organization's representative and can be used
to apply for visa to the United States.
A list of accommodation and transportation in the New
York City metropolitan area is included in the invitation
package. Representatives are responsible for their own
reservations and travel arrangements to/from the airport
as well as in the metropolitan area. UNICEF and the
NGO Steering Group do not provide hotel bookings. We
recommend that representatives reserve accommodation
early due to the large number of participants expected
at the Special Session. All representatives interested
in attending should ensure they have adequate medical
insurance prior to coming.
Registration (as of 26th April 2002)
NGO Registration for the Special Session on Children,
including registration for ECOSOC-accredited NGOs, will
take place in a tent located at the North end of the
North Lawn Garden on UN premises. NGO representatives
are requested to use the pedestrian entrance gate at
48th Street and 1st Avenue.
Please note that you will be required to have your
confirmation letter and valid photo ID (passport, driver's
license) ready at the gate on 48th Street and 1st Avenue,
for identification purposes.
Registration for the Children's Forum will be held
at the same location.
NGO Registration dates and times:
1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 5p.m.
8 a.m. - 1p.m. and 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
8 a.m. - 1p.m. and 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Registration for the Children's Forum:
1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
NGOs who have obtained their picture conference pass
will leave the premises and re-enter the UN conference
building on 46th Street and 1st Avenue.
Passes and NGO access
Each registered NGO representative will receive one
individual UN picture grounds pass to allow him/her
access to the UN building during the Special Session.
In addition, at the NGO Registration Desk, each registered
organization will receive only two transferable
passes that allow access to the official sessions.
Representatives who wish to attend the official sessions
must have both the UN picture grounds pass and a transferable
pass. Each organization is responsible for ensuring
that the transferable passes are rotated equitably among
the four representatives who wish to attend an official
Access to Official Sessions of the Ad Hoc Committee
of the Whole, Conference Room 2
Wednesday, 8 May 2002 10:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, 9 May 2002 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
- Due to space and safety consideration - only one
transferable pass per organization is issued.
- NGOs were informed in the March 2002 Invitation
Letter that transferable pass will be issued to the
organization without a personal designation.
- Individual representatives are expected to contact
their colleagues in case the one transferable pass
has already been issued.
- In case individual representatives of the NGO do
not know how to contact their colleagues in New York,
they are advised to contact their Headquarters to
obtain the contact information in New York of these
We regret any inconvenience this may cause to NGOs.
NGO orientation sessions
7 May, 3-5 PM, Conference Room 4
The agenda includes briefings from the UN, UNICEF, the
Bureau of the Preparatory Committee and NGOs.
7 May, 7:00-9:00 PM, UN Visitors Lobby
An informal gathering of all participating NGOs, government
delegates and UNICEF and UN staff.
9 May, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM, DC- 1, 14th Floor Conference
Room. Relationship between the United Nations and the
NGO Community (organized by DESA).
The Children's Forum
This side event is for representatives of government
delegations and accredited NGOs under the age of 18
years. Only under 18 year-old delegates who were confirmed
to participate in the Forum of September 2001 are being
invited to attend the re-scheduled event.
Due to limited space, we cannot accommodate additional
nominees for the Children's Forum. Young people and
children participating in the forum for NGOs must be
part of the four-member delegation.Visit the Under-18
zone for more information.