Side Events

The programme of side events, or activities organized outside the formal programme of the session of the Commission, provides an excellent opportunity for Member States, UN entities and NGOs to discuss themes of the Commission and other critical gender equality issues.

Side events held on UN premises

Permanent Missions and United Nations entities hold side events on UN premises during the CSW session. Permanent Missions and UN entities interested in booking a room for a CSW64 side event are asked to contact UN-Women via email to

Parallel events held in the Church Center and other locations

Parallel events organized by NGOs take place outside United Nations premises, usually in the Church Center (located at the intersection of 44th Street and First Avenue, across from the UN Secretariat building) and other locations in the vicinity of UNHQ. Any NGO may organize and attend these events—subject to space availability.  NGO parallel events are coordinated by the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, which is a group of New York–based women’s NGOs in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council. For more information, please visit the website of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women at All questions on NGO-sponsored events should be directed to the NGO Committee on the Status of Women via