Subject: [fem-women2000 114] CONGO Information for NGOs on Beijing+5
From: "M_Kitaguchi" <>
Date: Thu, 23 Dec 1999 11:41:17 +0900
Seq: 114

NGOs began a series of brainstorming sessions in March in order to
find ways
to make the best use of their participation in the Beijing+5 Special
and its preparations.  Since then, the Conference of NGOs in
Relationship with the United Nations (known as CONGO for short) has
a planning process with a variety of NGO partners.  CONGO is an
membership federation of NGOs holding consultative status at the UN,
seeks to assist all NGOs to have an effective voice in UN
conferences and

The following framework has evolved for ensuring NGO input from
around the
world into planning for Beijing+5.

1.  A 15-30 member NGO Coordinating Committee will function as the
decision making body, and include representatives of CONGO, the
three CONGO
Committees on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York, Geneva and
regional groups, large networks and issue-based caucuses.  Regional
representatives for the Committee will emerge in conjunction with
preparatory meetings.

2.  A smaller NGO Organizing Subcommittee will be responsible for

3.  "NGOs for Women 2000," a large and growing group of NGO
from around the world will participate on an ad hoc basis to put
ideas and
work into the review process, and will convene periodically in New
York and
other sites.

Over the next months, the NGO Coordinating Committee will reach out
to NGOs
around the world with information about new developments in the
process, and opportunities for NGO participation and input.  In the
the Committee offers the following key items for NGO attention and

Many interested NGO representatives may not be able to attend the
PrepCom and
Special Session.  However, there are important activities in home
that they should undertake for the Beijing+5 process to be a
1.  NGOs should ensure that NGO representatives are on official
delegations.  This is a crucial avenue for NGO input.
2.  NGOs should ensure that only expert and committed government
representatives are sent to the PrepCom and Special Session.
3.  NGOs should advocate with their governments to play a serious,
and constructive role in the Beijing+5 review.  Governments need to
know that
people at home are watching.

There will not be an NGO Forum to parallel the official Beijing+5
Session as there was at the government conference in 1995.  However
NGO strategy and information events are being planned in advance of
both the
PrepCom and Special Session for NGOs.  These will be open to NGOs
that are
able to attend the official meetings.  We will send out more
information on these meetings as it becomes available.
1.  On Saturday 26 February 2000, the NGO Committees on the Status
of Women
will hold a half-day training/orientation session for NGOs planning
participate in the PrepCom.  A repeat training will likely be held
on Sunday
5 March.
2.  On Sunday 27 February, the Committees will also hold a one-day
introductory consultation to lay the groundwork for substantive NGO
into the PrepCom session
3.  NGOs for Women 2000 is likely to hold a half-day strategy
session on
Sunday 5 March.
4.  On Friday and Saturday 2-3 June 2000, the Coordinating Committee
convene an NGO Working Session to prepare for the Special Session.

NGOs wishing to attend the PrepCom must either (1) have consultative
with ECOSOC, or (2) have attended the Beijing government conference
in 1995
in addition to having already applied for ECOSOC status.

For the purpose of registration for the PrepCom, there are three
groups of
1.  Non-Beijing NGOs with ECOSOC status are automatically invited to
session.  Contact ECOSOC NGO Section if you wish to send
representatives in
addition to your annual representatives.  Contact: Michele Federoff
at Fax
(1-212) 963-9248.
2.  Beijing-accredited NGOs with ECOSOC status.  Contact Koh Miyaoi
at the
Division for the Advancement of Women at Fax (1-212) 963-3463, if
you wish to
send representatives in addition to your annual representatives.
3.  Beijing-accredited NGOs who have applied for but not yet
received ECOSOC
status.  Contact Koh Miyaoi at the Division for the Advancement of
Women at
Fax (1-212) 963-3463, for registration arrangements.
No invitation letter was sent to NGOs in the first group.

NGOs wishing to attend the Special Session must have consultative
status with
ECOSOC, or have attended the Beijing government conference (but need
not have
applied for ECOSOC status).  At this time, no invitations or
forms have been sent out for the Special Session in June.

NGOs without ECOSOC status that participated only in the NGO Forum
in Huairou
may not attend the PrepCom or Special Session.

The CONGO office cannot register NGO participants.  For more
information, see
the contact guidelines listed above.

For panel discussions or other informational events, NGOs may
1.  the CONGO office to request space at the Church Center (across
the street
from the UN).  Requests must be made in writing to CONGO (address
below) via
mail or fax, and should include the following information: (1) type
of event;
(2) an assurance that it will be open to the public; (3) an estimate
of the
number of attendees; (4) brief information on hosting
organization(s); and
(5) preferred date and time.  CONGO will do its best to accommodate
requests, but has limited space with which to work.
2.  the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW) with requests
for United
Nations facilities.  Please bear in mind that attendance at meetings
the United Nations is limited to NGOs accredited to the
Session and will not be open to the public. Fax DAW at (1-212)

For more information contact:

Sudha Acharya, Beijng+5 Focal Point
Janice Fett
Tel: (1-212) 986-6117
Fax: (1-212) 687-7352


Rebecca Nichols, Executive Director
Tel: (1-212) 986-8557
Fax: (1-212) 986-0821

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