Opportunities for NGOs to address the Commission


In light of the current concerns regarding coronavirus disease (COVID-19), CSW64 will suspend after one procedural meeting on 9 March. There will be no general discussion and no interactive dialogues. All CSW side events on UN premises and all NGO parallel events have been cancelled. NGOs with valid annual ECOSOC grounds passes will be able to attend the procedural meeting on 9 March. There will be no issuance of CSW grounds passes and CSW64 confirmation letters are no longer applicable. We invite all to view the live webcast of the 9 March meeting at http://webtv.un.org/

We advise organizations to follow the Secretary-General’s strong recommendation that capital-based delegations and other stakeholders refrain from travelling to UN Headquarters.

Submission of written statements

NGOs in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) may submit written statements on the thematic issues considered by CSW, in accordance with Council resolution 1996/31.

Submission of written statements was open for NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC from 27 September to 17 October 2019 via United Nations CSO-Net. We thank all organizations that submitted a statement. Statements will be published on the CSW website in the language received,  closer to the CSW session.


NGOs may submit one individual statement per organization, and may sign on to multiple joint statements. NGOs are strongly encouraged to submit joint statements in collaboration with other NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC. 


  • Statements by organizations in general consultative status with ECOSOC may not exceed 2,000 words including the cover page; statements by organizations in special consultative status with ECOSOC may not exceed 1,500 words including the cover page. Please note that this word allowance includes the cover page which is automatically added by the system and generally takes up 100 words. Therefore, as you prepare your statement text, please take into account that you do not need to include a cover page and that your text should have no more than 1900 words for general consultative status, and 1400 words for special consultative status.
  • Submit written statements in one of the official languages of the United Nations: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian or Spanish.


  • Indicate the start of a new paragraph with a double line break.
  • Paragraphs of the statement should not be numbered.
  • Do not use footnotes and end notes. Please incorporate all information into the body of the statement.
  • If the statement is supported by other NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC, add a note at the end of the document to this effect. (The names of the NGOs should be in alphabetical order)
  • Ensure that the name of your organization (and of other NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC) is referenced as contained in the official list of non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council
  • Avoid using abbreviations and acronyms. (For a list of permissible acronyms, please consult the UN Editorial Manual. The acronyms on this list can be used if spelled out in the first instance). All others acronyms, including the acronym for the Commission on the Status of Women ("CSW") and for your organization are not allowed in written statements.


  • Identify key ideas that you would like to address; introduce these ideas in the first sentence or paragraph of your statement.
  • Avoid repetition. Keep statements clear, simple and to the point. 
  • To make reading effortless, organize material by applying the principle of one thought per paragraph.
  • Verify references to titles and dates of United Nations events and conferences.
  • Avoid the use of quotations.
  • You may want to prepare your statement in Microsoft Word, or another text processor, and save it on your PC to avoid losing it during submission (e.g. if your PC loses the connection to the online system). Once you have finalized your statement, copy-paste the final text from your document onto the statement submission page in CSO-Net. Please note the online system removes formatting.  

Click here to read a step-by-step tutorial on how to submit a written statement