Subject: [fem-women2000 141] BEIJING+5 Information - Fact Sheet Update (fwd)
From: lalamaziwa <>
Date: Sat, 05 Feb 2000 09:52:55 +0900
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 Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2000 18:07:03 EST
 Subject: BEIJING+5 Information - Fact Sheet Update

BEIJING+5 FACT SHEET -- UPDATE #1 (4 February 2000)
Greetings from The Conference of NGOs/Beijing+5 Liaison Office!  This is th=
first update in an occasional series.  Changes and additions will be sent o=
as the information becomes available. Please feel free to circulate this 
information among your network of NGOs.

The 44th Session of Commission on the Status of Women meets 28 February 
through 2 March and then reconvenes as the PrepCom for Beijing+5 from 3 Mar=
through 17 March 2000.  For more details about the Commission on the Status=
of Women session, please e-mail the NGO Committee on the Status of Women at=

As more details about the PrepCom and the Special Session are finalized, we=
hope to keep you informed of necessary information and any changes that may=
have occurred.

If you have any questions about Beijing+5, please direct them to our liaiso=
Sudha Acharya, Beijng+5 Focal Point
Janice Fett, Communications Coordinator                     
Tel: (1-212) 986-6117                   
Fax: (1-212) 687-7352

3 March - 17 March: PREPCOM

The deadline to register for the PrepCom through the Division for the 
Advancement of Women (DAW) was 15 January.  NGOs accredited to the Beijing 
conference who applied for but do not have ECOSOC status may no longer 
register for the PrepCom.

All NGOs with ECOSOC status who have not already registered (regardless of 
whether they attended the Beijing government conference in 1995) must now 
register through the NGO Section/Department of Economic and Social Affairs 
(DESA); contact Michele Fedoroff at 1+212-963-9248 (fax) 
(e-mail).  We urge all NGOs who plan to attend the PrepCom and Special 
Session to register even if they already hold ECOSOC passes.  It will help 
identify the organizations that plan to attend and give us a sense of 
prospective numbers.

DPI NGOs should contact Helene Hoedl regarding eligibility and registration=

There will be on-site registration for the PrepCom as follows:
=b7   Sunday 27 February, 9am-6pm: UN Security Office (Pass Office), corner=
45th and 1st Avenue across the street from the United Nations building.
=b7   Monday 28 February: Lobby of the General Assembly, 8am-6pm. (Enter 
through the UN Visitor's Entrance at 46th Street.)
=b7   Tuesday 28 February through Friday 3 March: Lobby of the General 
Assembly, 8:30am-6pm.
=b7   Sunday 5 March, 9am-6pm: UN Security Office. (Pass Office), 45th St. =
1st Ave.
=b7   Monday 6 March: Lobby of the General Assembly, 8am-6pm.
=b7   Tuesday 7 March through Friday 10 March: Lobby of the General Assembl=
=b7   Monday 13 March through Friday 17 March: Lobby of the General Assembl=
8:30am-6pm.  (Please note: the United Nations is CLOSED on Thursday 16 Marc=
IMPORTANT: you must bring a photo ID and the confirmation letter issued by 
the United Nations Secretariat to register for your badge.

"NGO Orientation & Training" *
Sunday 27 February OR Sunday 5 March 
12pm - 5pm, Labouisse Hall, UNICEF House, 3 UN Plaza (West 44th Street 
between 1st and 2nd Avenues), fee: $15.  Pre-registration is required.  The=
maximum attendance at each session is 200 people; only the first 200 
applicants will be registered for each session.  Since space is limited, we=
would ask that NGOs who will be in New York by 27 February plan to attend t=
first session in consideration of their fellow NGO organizations arriving 
later.  Registration forms will soon be available on the CONGO Web site 
( and on the WomenAction web site 
( To obtain them immediately, please contact the NGO 
Committee on the Status of Women.  Fax: 1+212-692-0724 or e-mail
* Sponsored by the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, NY and UNICEF

"Strategies for Beijing+5: 2000 and Beyond" (NGO Consultation)*
Saturday 4 March from 10am to 5pm at the United Nations.  Pre-registration =
required; fee $25.  DEADLINE: 23 February 2000.  Registration forms will so=
be available on the CONGO Web site ( and on the 
WomenAction web site ( To obtain them immediately, 
please contact the NGO Committee on the Status of Women.  Fax: 1+212-692-07=
or e-mail
* Sponsored by the NGO Committees on the Status of Women (Geneva, New York,=
Vienna, facilitated by the U.N. Division for the Advancement of Women, and 
supported by UNICEF and individual contributors.

There will be a daily schedule of NGO events during both the PrepCom and th=
Special Session.  More details will be available soon. 

CONGO will be in close contact with the UN Division for the Advancement of 
Women regarding space at the United Nations, which is extremely limited.  
However, space has been reserved at both the Church Center and other 

CONGO has reserved space at the Church Center (across the street from the U=
for parallel NGO activities.  Requests for meeting space must be submitted =
writing via mail or fax to Rebecca Nichols, CONGO, 777 United Nations Plaza=
8th Floor, New York, NY 10017, Fax: 1+212-986-0821, 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 all requests, but has limited space 
with which to work.

The following criteria will be used for approving and assigning Meeting Spa=
at the Church Center during the PrepCom:
1.  Requesting NGOs must be accredited to the event.
2.  The Meeting/Session must be open to all participating NGOs (e.g., not 
limited to individuals from a specific organization or those advocating a 
specific point of view).
3.  Relevance of the subject matter to the PrepCom agenda and the priority 
issues in the draft report of the Secretary-General.
4.  Balance among issues being considered in the PrepCom.
5.  Balance among panelists/speakers to ensure representation of developing=
6.  Uniqueness of program (i.e., no one else has asked to do something 
similar.  In cases of similar requests, requestors may be asked to work wit=
each other.)
7.  Early requests (by date received) will be given priority, when all othe=
criteria are equal.

The Conference of NGOs will act as a clearinghouse for alternative NGO 
reports.  The deadline for sending in Alternative Reports has been extended=
to 15 February.  Please send them to CONGO (The Conference of NGOs) via mai=
fax or e-mail (copied into the body of the e-mail to avoid problems 
777 United Nations Plaza, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Fax: 1+212-986-0821

The NGO Organizing Committee, comprised of CONGO and NGO representation fro=
all regions and large networks/caucuses, will address the issue of how to 
handle any possible summary of the alternative reports.  

Please note that it would be wise to reserve hotel rooms and make travel 
arrangements as soon as possible.  CONGO does not have the staff to help wi=
travel and accommodation arrangements.  There are many websites with 
information about accommodations in New York City.  Three that seem to be 
helpful are:
<> (New York City Convention & Visitors Bureau), 
<>, and


The Working Session, originally scheduled for 3-4 June will now take place =
2-3 June.  
Plans are not finalized for the events on Friday 2 June and Saturday 3 June=
Please hold the afternoon and evening of the 2nd open and all day on the 3r=
 We will send you more information as it becomes available.


In addition to the CONGO updates, many organizations are working to keep NG=
informed about the PrepCom and Special Session.  The International Women's 
Tribune Centre maintains a web site ( that has 
links to sites in Africa, Asia/Pacific, Latin America/Caribbean, Europe and=
North America.

Official documents connected with the Beijing+5 process can be found on the=
UN Division for the Advancement of Women's web site:

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