08.5 UN and NGO Sessional Events at CSW

Print pagePDF pageEmail page

At CSW there are a number of events that occur during the two weeks of the Commission.

In addition to the formal negotiations on the Priority Theme (governments only), there are a number of other events that take place during the two weeks, each with different levels of access for NGOs. Among these are Side Events hosted by Member States, UN  Agencies or CSOs and frequently held within the UN building, though some are at nearby external venues. There are NGO hosted Parallel Events which are held externally to the UN site. A summary of these and other events and who can participate is shown below.

Information about UN meetings and other events in the UN building is available on the UN CSW website  and on the message boards on the walls in the UN building.

Information about NGO events are found:

  • on the NGOCSW website,
  • on the message boards on the walls of the Church Center,
  •  at the daily NGO Morning Briefings (usually held at the Church Centre), and
  • in the NGOCSW Handbook that is handed out at the NGOCSW Consultation Day (registrations are needed for this event, seethe NGOCSW website).

Overview of UN and NGOCSW Sessional EventsPreparatory Expert Panel on CSW theme for the following yearInternational subject- matter experts are invited to present at the PEP on the issue to be presented at CSW the following year.Held in the UN building.Access depends on which room this is held in.Secondary passes are needed for events held in the General Assembly.A SET is needed if the panel is in one of the North Lawn Building Conference Rooms.

Event Brief description Who can attend
Presentation of Country Statements Countries present their Country Statements to the Commission. This takes place in the first week of CSW. Mostreports are posted on the UN website. Government delegations (incl. NGO representatives on Delegation).

NGOs with a special pass (one per organisation) to get into conference room with observer status.

  • Formal negotiations
  • Agreed Outcomes
  • Resolutions
Government delegation negotiates the text of the Agreed Outcomes andany Resolutions being supported. These are classified as closed meetings.ONLY government delegates can negotiate text.

NGOs with government delegations can attend the negotiations as observers.

Moderated Round Table on Review Theme Government delegation attends and comments at the round table.
Side Events Side Events are normally held in the UN Building and are co-sponsored by at least two Member States.

Some Side Events are webcast.

Side Events are open to NGOs who hold an SET (like a ticket) to the event.

Pre-booking is normally essential to attend a side event in the UN building.

Space can be limited.

Panel Sessions A number of High Level Panel meetings are held in the UN building. These panels discuss key areas around the Priority Theme and new and emerging issues. The number of people who can attend and the pass access required depends on which room these are held in.

Secondary passes are needed for events held in the General Assembly.

A SET is needed if the panel is in one of the North Lawn Building Conference Rooms.

Multi-lateral meetingse.g. JUSTCANZ, WEOG These are meetings between the government delegation and representatives fromUN Agencies, government officials and dignitaries during the Commission on the Status of Women.

Held in the UN building.The main multi-laterals Australia participates in are JUSCANZ and WEOG (see below for further information).

These are often termed ‘informals’.

ONLY government delegates may participate in informals.

NGOs government delegations can attend as observers

Bi-lateral meetings These are one-on-one government delegation meetings betweenUN Agencies, government officials and dignitaries during the Commission on the Status of Women. Government only. Head of Delegation decides if NGO delegate(s) with the Australian Government Delegation may attend the meeting.
International Women’s Day Celebrations On or close to 8th March, a morning in the CSW proceedings is set aside for International Women’s Day Celebrations in the UN. Symbolically, this event is where NGOs take over the government seating space on a first come first served basis.This tradition has flagged a little in the past years due to pass restrictions.

Secondary passes are needed for events held in the General Assembly.

CSW NGO Consultation Day Held on the Sunday prior to CSW this event draws around 1500 women from around the world to attend. Presentations set the scene for CSW and inform on up to date changes, access and proceedings.

Held in a New York venue.

The CSW Handbook forms part of your registration fee and is handed out at the registration desk of the venue.

NGO registration required and there is a cost.
Parallel Events Caucuses Conversation These are NGO presentations on their work or on key issues they are working on. This is the space where sharing, networking, learning, strategising occurs.These are held mainly outside the UN building. A valid UN access pass is required to attend any of the CSW events.  However, as these events are mainly held outside of the UN building at the CCUN or other venues, access is often given without a valid UN pass.

At the CCUN, passes are often checked if the building is reaching capacity as priority is given to those who have a CSW or UN pass.

Caucuses These are key alliance building and information sharing spaces.

e.g. Regional, Thematic, Linkage, Youth.

These are held mainly outside the UN building.

A valid UN access pass is required to attend any of the events within the UN building.

However, as Caucuses are mainly held outside of the UN building at the CCUN or other venues, access is often given without a valid UN pass. Passes may be checked, dependent on capacity of rooms.

Conversation Circles These are groups to discuss key themes and populations such as human rights, peace and security, violence against women, migration, intergenerational dialogue etc.

These take place mainly outside the UN building

A valid UN access pass is required to attend any of the events.
NGO Networking Reception This is a social event for NGOs normally held at the Turkish Centre on the Tuesday of the first week.

Held in a New York venue.

Registration is required to this event and there is a cost.

Table 3. A breakdown of the various events at CSW