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) is open from 6 November 2017 to 27 January 2018 online. Please ask your representatives to register early, as it will take time to become familiar with the new registration system. Online registration is mandatory for all participants. We are not able to accept registrations by e-mail. 

This year, a new platform is used for managing NGO registration to meetings and events at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The platform is called Indico, and it replaces the registration functionality of the previous system, CSO-Net. In Indico, each CSW participant registers herself/himself individually, for reasons of increased online security. Conference Focal Points of non-governmental organizations then approve the individual registrations of their representatives.

>> Click here to register for CSW62

We acknowledge that the transition to a new system is challenging; please find below step-by-step instructions for the new registration process in Indico. Please give yourself sufficient time and register for CSW62 as early as you can. 

Find here a brief video tutorial on how to register for CSW62:


Please note: After you have registered for CSW62 via Indico, your organization’s conference focal point needs to approve your CSW registration in Indico. Once your registration has been approved by your organization, you will receive a confirmation letter via email. You will need to print out and show your confirmation letter to obtain a UN grounds pass for CSW.

Upon arrival at the United Nations, each registered NGO representative must check-in on site in order to obtain a UN grounds pass. Specifics regarding on-site check-in and issuance of grounds passes, including location and opening hours, will be provided in the NGO advisories published closer to the session. 

We strongly recommend that participants take advantage of the extended on-site check-in period prior to the opening day of 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. 


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: