NGOs that are accredited to and in good standing with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) may designate representatives to attend the annual sessions of the CSW. Because of increasing demands on limited space, the numbers of attendees to CSW sessions should be kept to a minimum and should not exceed 20 representatives per organization. Organizations should be aware that, in this context, entry into official meetings can still not be guaranteed to all who wish to attend.

Registered NGOs: Please read the NGO advisories containing important information about the session:



Invitation letters have been sent, at start of online registration, 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 (ECOSOC). NGOs are kindly requested to make sure that their profile and contact information on the iCSO system includes the latest correct information about their organizations.



CSW63 registration for NGOs in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) was open online via the United Nations INDICO registration system from 9 October 2018 to 27 January 2019. Online registration is mandatory for all NGO participants. We are not able to accept late registrations.

Registered representatives who have been approved by their organizations to attend CSW63, have received a CW63 confirmation email. Representatives will need to print out and show their CSW63 confirmation email as well as a valid UN Member State government issued identification (passport if traveling from abroad) in order to collect a UN grounds pass for CSW. Please check your SPAM/Junk email folder in case you did not find the CSW63 confirmation email in your email inbox. Alternatively, you are able to print your CSW63 confirmation email on your Indico account.


Collection of UN grounds passes

Upon arrival at the United Nations, NGO representatives registered for CSW63 need to collect their UN grounds pass in the UN Pass & ID office which is located at 320 East 45th Street (between First and Second Avenue), outside of UN premises. Representatives will be required to submit a printed copy of the CSW63 confirmation email. The title of the confirmation email reads “63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) confirmation letter”. If you have not received your CSW63 confirmation email in your email inbox, please check your SPAM/junk email folder. Alternatively, you are able print your CSW63 confirmation email on your Indico account. Click here for step-by-step instructions for printing your CSW63 confirmation email via Indico.

Representatives will also need to show a valid passport issued by a Member State or an Observer State of the United Nations (or government-issued photo-ID if coming from within the U.S).

NGOs with valid annual UN grounds passes will use their annual passes for the session and do not need to collect a CSW-specific UN grounds pass at the UN Pass & ID office.

We strongly recommend that participants take advantage of the extended opening hours on the weekend prior to the session. Those who are unable to do this should expect that there will be long lines and an extended wait on Monday and Tuesday mornings. Please dress warm because New York weather can still be cold in March. Kindly note that luggage or suitcases will not be allowed in the UN Pass & ID office and on UN premises.

UN grounds pass collection hours for CSW63:

Prior to the
Friday, 8 March: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m
Saturday, 9 March: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m
Sunday, 10 March: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. 
 First week

Monday, 11 March: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday, 12 March: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday, 13 March: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday, 14 March: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday, 15 March: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 Second week Monday, 18 March: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tuesday, 19 March: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wednesday, 20 March: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday, 21 March: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday, 22 March: 9 a.m. - 12 noon


Travel and visa arrangements

The United Nations will not make travel or visa arrangements or pay for any expenses in connection with the participation of NGO representatives in the sessions of CSW. Such arrangements and costs are the exclusive responsibility of participants. 

The United Nations does not charge fees for participation in the Commission on the Status of Women sessions.

Participants are encouraged to submit their visa applications well in advance, in accordance with their local United States Consulate requirements, in order to allow sufficient time for processing.


Registration questions

All registration-related questions should be sent to the official CSW e-mail address:

All questions related to NGO Parallel Events and the NGO CSW Forum should be sent to: