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.



Invitation letters are sent, usually in November, 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. NGOs are encouraged to make sure that their profile and contact information on the iCSO system includes the latest correct information about their organizations.



CSW61 registration for NGOs in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) was open from 11 November 2016 to 27 January 2017 online via United Nations CSO-net. Online registration is mandatory for all participants. We are not able to accept registrations by e-mail. 

Upon arrival at the United Nations, each registered NGO representative must register on site in order to obtain a UN grounds pass. Specifics regarding on-site registration and issuance of grounds passes are provided in the confirmation letter and in the NGO advisories published closer to the session. 

On-site registration for United Nations grounds passes takes place 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 the filled-out and signed grounds pass form (available from the registering NGO) in order to obtain a United Nations grounds pass.

We strongly recommend that participants take advantage of the extended on-site registration 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. 

Confirmation letter and UN grounds pass form

Once an NGO representative has been registered online, a confirmation letter can be viewed and printed for her/him in the organization’s account on CSO-net. A UN grounds pass form for each registered representative will be available in the organization’s account on CSO-net. Organizations are expected to print/send the grounds pass form to their representatives prior to the session. NGO representatives will be required to show the grounds pass form at on-site registration in order to obtain a UN grounds pass for CSW.


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: The subject line should read “CSW registration.”

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