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.



At the beginning of November 2017, invitation letters for CSW62 have been 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 (ECOSOC). ECOSOC accredited organizations that did not receive the CSW62 invitation letter via email, are encouraged to send an email message  to  . 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. 



CSW62 registration for NGOs in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) was open from 6 November 2017 to 3 February 2018 online via the United Nations Indico registration system. Online registration is mandatory for all participants. We are not able to accept registrations by email.

Registered representatives who have been approved by their organizations to attend CSW62, have received a registration approval email. You will need to print out and show your registration approval email to obtain a UN grounds pass for CSW. Please check your SPAM/Junk email folder in case you did not find the approval email in your email inbox. Alternatively, you are able to view and print your registration approval email on your Indico account.


Collection of UN grounds passes

Upon arrival at the United Nations, NGO representatives registered for CSW62 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 CSW registration approval email that they received via email. The title of the approval email reads “Registration approval for the 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62)”. If you have not received your CSW62 registration approval email in your email inbox, please check your SPAM/junk email folder. Alternatively, you are able to view and print your registration approval email on your Indico account. Click here for step-by-step instructions in PDF format or watch the video below:

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. Kindly note that luggage or suitcases will not be allowed in the UN Pass & ID office and on UN premises.

» Please click here to view the NGO advisory on collecting UN grounds passes, for details and important information.

UN grounds pass collection hours for CSW62:

Prior to the session

Friday, 9 March: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m

Saturday, 10 March: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m

Sunday, 11 March: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

First week

Monday, 12 March: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Tuesday, 13 March: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Wednesday, 14 March: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Thursday, 15 March: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Friday, 16 March: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Second week

Monday, 19 March: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Tuesday, 20 March: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Wednesday, 21 March: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (closed in the afternoon due to inclement weather)

Thursday, 22 March: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Friday, 23 March: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


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: