Opportunities for NGOs to address the Commission

Written statements

NGOs in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) may submit written statements on the thematic issues considered by CSW66, in accordance with in accordance with Council resolution 1996/31.

Submission of written statements usually opens in September. Dates and modalities for NGO written statement submission for CSW66 will be posted on this page closer to the session.

NGOs in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) 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.

Written 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.

Written statements may be submitted in one of the official languages of the United Nations (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish) and will be published on the CSW website in the language received, closer to the session.

 

Making a speech during the general discussion

Subject to time availability, oral statements may be delivered during the general discussion by a limited number of NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC. Preference will be given to NGOs speaking about the priority theme or review theme, on behalf of groups of organizations, caucuses, or coalitions.

Oral statements should not exceed three minutes (approx. two pages double-spaced using font size 12). Instructions will be communicated, via e-mail, to the NGOs that will be selected.

Sign-up for NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC wishing to express interest in delivering an oral statement during the general discussion at CSW usually opens in January.

 

Intervening from the floor during an interactive dialogue

A limited number of NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC will be able to make oral interventions during the interactive panels. Interventions must be focused on the theme of the panel and not on any other issues.

Interventions at interactive expert panels are NOT to be in the form of prepared statements; NGOs are therefore not required to submit copies of such interventions. These interventions must be in the form of comments or questions addressed to the panel experts. Interventions should not exceed three minutes. Instructions will be communicated via e-mail to organizations that will be selected to make an intervention.

Sign-up for NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC wishing to express interest in intervening from the floor during a dialogue or an interactive panel usually opens in January.