Sunday, December 14, 2014


Dear ECOSOC-Accredited NGOs,

You are invited to participate in the fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women, to be held from 9 to 20 March 2015 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The main focus of the session will be on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, including current challenges that affect its implementation and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women. The Commission will undertake a review of progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 20 years after its adoption at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995. The review (Beijing+20) will also include the outcomes of the 23rd special session of the General Assembly, the first five-year assessment conducted after the adoption of the Platform for Action, which highlighted further actions and initiatives. The session will also address opportunities for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women in the post-2015 development agenda.

Limitations on the number of participants per organization

Your organization may pre-register up to 20 individuals. We kindly ask that organizations keep the numbers to a minimum because of increasing demands on limited space.

New pre-registration deadlines

11 November 2014 to 27 January 2015

All participants must be pre-registered by 27 January 2015. Once all required information has been entered into CSO-Net, a letter confirming the participant's pre-registration can be printed and used in obtaining a visa, if necessary.

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The address where the participant will be staying in New York during the session needs to be added in the system prior to onsite registration. Once this information has been entered, a grounds pass form can be printed. Participants will be required to show these forms at onsite registration.

Please note that participants may need a secondary pass to gain access to open official meetings of the session. In such case, one or two secondary passes per organization will be distributed at or near the registration site.

The United Nations will not facilitate arrangements, or pay for any costs, such as travel, visa or accommodation expenses, for participants. Such arrangements and costs are the exclusive responsibility of the participants. The United Nations does not charge fees for participation in the Commission on the Status of Women sessions.

Please note that participants are advised to submit their visa applications with the United States' authorities at least three (3) months in advance of the session to allow sufficient time for processing. The United Nations will not send copies of invitation letters or confirmation letters to U.S. embassies.

Additional information about the session, its organization of work, meetings and documentation, will be shortly available at

Yours sincerely,

Lopa Banerjee

Chief, Civil Society Section

220 East 42nd St., 18th floor, New York, NY 10017 T: + 1 646-781-4400 E:

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