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UN Women has announced that Pre-registration for the UN Commission on the Status of Women meeting (27 February to 9 March 2012) will open in early November. All invitations will be sent to the official e-mail address of ECOSOC accredited organizations on CSO net. User names and passwords for CSO net were given to official contacts of your NGO.
The number of pre-registered representatives may not exceed 20 individuals per organization. As was true last year, participants will need a secondary pass to gain access to the UN North Lawn Building.
Please check to make sure that the email contact information for your organization in the iCSO database is up to date: http://esango.un.org/civilsociety/Login.do . Otherwise, your organization may not receive an invitation.
Note that the NGO/CSW/NY is NOT responsible for UN registration. Please direct all questions to civil.society@unwomen.org. See the UN website for more information: http://www.unwomen.org/csw/csw56 . Registration for the UN CSW56 will open early November.

UN Women is ready to receive written statements for CSW 56. Please share message below:

A very important way to carry your message to the UN Commission on the Status of Women is through written statements. Written statements to the UN CSW can now be submitted by NGOs in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council on the thematic issues of rural women or financing for gender equality. The deadlines for individual organizations is 14 November, 2011. The deadline for joint written statements is 21 November. Please note that:

  • Statements must address the themes of “rural women” or “financing”.
  • Only NGOs in consultative status with the Council (ECOSOC) may submit written statements.
  • If statements are joint, ALL signatories must have ECOSOC status. Your statement can be rejected if this rule is not followed.
  • The type style should be 12-point Times New Roman;
  • Texts  should be double-spaced.
  • Written statements should be submitted in one of the official languages of the United Nations (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish).
  • The word limit for those with ECOSOC status is 2000 words; for those in special consultative status with the Council it is 1500 words;
For more details, please see the NGO pages of UN Women, CSW 56: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/NGO.html#written

What are written statements and what do they do?

Written statements relevant to the work of United Nations Economic and Social Council may be submitted by organizations in General and Special consultative status, on subjects which the organization has a special competence. Such statements shall be circulated by the Secretary General of the United Nations to the members of the Council.

Written statements have to be submitted in due time for appropriate consultation to take place between the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the organization before circulation.

Certain events may have different procedures for submitting statements, so please make sure to read information regarding specific events carefully. There is a limit on the number of words for submission from each organization, depending on whether you have general or special consultative status.

Written statements by NGOs withgeneral or special consultative status can also be submitted to ECOSOC commissions and subsidiary bodies [the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) holds special consultative status], on subjects that they have specialized knowledge in. The word count for statements is limited to the following: 500-1,500 words, depending on the event.

For example, 90 NGOs submitted written statements during 2010 ECOSOC High Level Segment that took place in New York from 28 June– 2 July 2010. The statements were distributed among all participants and available online as the official ECOSOC documentation.

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