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 UN entities hold side events on UN premises during the CSW session. The online room reservation system for CSW side events on UN premises opened on 16 December 2016. Permanent Missions and UN entities may contact [ Click to reveal ] for access to the system.

» Please click here for the schedule of CSW61 side events

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). Any NGO may organize and attend these events—subject to space availability. 

NGOs wishing to organize a parallel event during the CSW session should directly contact 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. Please note that the deadline for applications to host a NGO parallel event was 9 December 2016. 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 [ Click to reveal ]