Commission on the Status of Women Fifty-seventh session (4 - 15 March 2013)



NGOs that are accredited to and in good standing with the Economic and Social Council, may send representatives to annual sessions of CSW at United Nations Headquarters.

NGOs with or without consultative status with the Economic and Social Council, may organize and attend parallel events held outside United Nations premises, for example in the Church Center. To do so, they should contact the NGO Committee on the Status of Women (, which is a group of New York-based women’s NGOs in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council. 


Invitation letters are sent to the e-mail addresses registered in the integrated Civil Society Organizations (iCSO) System of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) by NGOs in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council. They are encouraged to make sure that their profile and contact information on the iCSO system includes the latest correct information about their organizations. 

Pre-registration and registration


Pre-registration period: 5 November 2012 to 23 January 2013

Because of increasing demands on limited space, it has become necessary to reduce the numbers of attendees from civil society. This number should be kept to a minimum and should not exceed 20 representatives per organization.

Please note that, should the session take place in the North Lawn Building, participants will need a secondary pass to gain access. One or two such secondary passes per/organization will be distributed at or near the registration site. Organizations should also be aware that, in this context, entry into official meetings can still not be guaranteed to all who wish to attend.

Instructions for changing / editing names of representatives who have been pre-registered 

Names and contact details of representatives can be edited by clicking on the relevant name on the CSO net. 

While logged-in to the CSO net, organizations can also cancel the pre-registration of a representative by clicking on the Remove Registration?(unlist icon) button. The name will continue to appear in the system, but the person will no longer be pre-registered.

Please note that an Organization’s login ID and passwords are strictly confidential.
NGOs should not give their organization’s login ID or password to any other organization.

Pre-registration questions

All pre-registration-related questions should be sent to the official CSW e-mail address. The subject line should read “CSW pre-registration”. 

Confirmation of pre-registration

Once an NGO representative has been pre-registered, a confirmation letter can be downloaded and printed for her/him from the same webpage.

Application for a United Nations Grounds Pass

Before arriving at on-site registration at United Nations Headquarters, all participants need to fill out and print an application form for a UN grounds pass which will be available in the organization’s account on CSO net. Participants will be required to show this form at on-site registration in order to obtain a grounds pass.

On-site registration

Upon arrival at the United Nations, each pre-registered NGO representative must register on sitein order to obtain a grounds pass. Specifics regarding on-site registration and issuance of grounds passes are provided in the confirmation letter and in NGO advisories in the period preceding CSW. 

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