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IWTC Women's GlobalNet #137
Activities and Initiatives of Women Worldwide
By Anne S. Walker 

February 7, 2000


The following information has been compiled from a Conference of 
Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Status with the United 
Nations (CONGO) Fact Sheet issued February 4, 2000.

The 44th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meets 
February 28 - March 2, 2000 and then reconvenes as the Preparatory 
Committee (PrepCom) for the Beijing Plus 5 review process from March 3 - 
17, 2000. The UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) for the 
Beijing Plus Five review is entitled "Women 2000: Gender Equality, 
Development and Peace into the New Millennium" and will be held June 
5-9, 2000.

The deadline to register for the PrepCom through the UN Division for the 
Advancement of Women (DAW) was 15 January, 2000. Registration was 
necessary for those NGOs who were accredited to the Beijing Fourth World 
Conference on Women and who had applied for ECOSOC status. It is 
suggested that NGOs with ECOSOC status also pre-register by contacting 
Michele Fedoroff of the NGO Section/Department of Economic and Social 
Affairs (DESA) at fax: (1-212) 963-9248  or email: <>. In 
this way, organizations that plan to attend can be identified and both 
the UN and CONGO can get a sense of prospective numbers.

NGOs with Department of Public Information (DPI) status should contact 
the UN/DPI/NGO Office regarding eligibility and registration procedures. 
Fax: (1-212) 963-6914. Email: <> 

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


1. *NGO Orientation & Training, Sunday 27 February, 2000 or Sunday 5 
March, 2000, 12.00 pm - 5.00 pm, Labouisse Hall, UNICEF House, 3 UN 
Plaza (East 44th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues). Pre-registration 
is required and the DEADLINE for registration is 23 February, 2000. Fee: 
$15. The maximum attendance at each session is 200 people and only the 
first 200 applicants will be registered for each session. Since space is 
limited, we ask that NGOs who will be in New York by 27 February plan to 
attend the first session, leaving space for fellow NGO organizations who 
will be arriving later. 
* Sponsored by the NY NGO Committee on the Status of Women and UNICEF

2. **NGO Consultation "Strategies for Beijing+5: 2000 and Beyond": 
Saturday 4 March from 10am to 5pm at the United Nations. 
Pre-registration is required and the DEADLINE for registration is 23 
February 2000. Fee $25.

** 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.

For both of the above events, registration forms are available on the 
CONGO Web site ( and on the WomenAction 
web site ( Or you can contact: NGO Committee 
on the Status of Women.  Tel: (1-212) 692-0725. Fax: (1-212) 692-0724. 
Email <ngo csw>

3. ***CSW 2000 Book of Days (also known as "The Pink Book"): This will 
be available at registration for all NGOs, and will contain a daily 
calendar of both UN and NGO activities, along with further resources. If 
you would like your event or activity included in "The Pink Book", 
please send it to IWTC before February 18, 2000. There will also be a 
daily update of NGO events produced by CONGO/Beijing Plus Five Liaison 

*** Prepared by the International Women's Tribune Centre (see contact 
information at end of bulletin)

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. To extend available space for NGOs, CONGO has reserved space at 
both the Church Center and other neighbouring locations for NGO 
activities. Requests for alternative meeting space must be submitted in 
writing via mail or fax to CONGO and should include the following 
(1) Type of event; 
(2) Assurance that it will be open to the public; 
(3) 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.

The following criteria will be used for approving and assigning Meeting 
Space at the Church Center during the PrepCom:
(1). NGOs must be accredited to the PrepCom.
(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). The subject matter must be relevant to the PrepCom agenda and to 
the priority issues in the draft report of the Secretary-General.
(4). There must be a balance among the issues being considered in the 
(5). There must be a balance among panelists/speakers to ensure 
representation of all world regions.
(6). The programme should be unique (i.e., it fills in a gap not covered 
by other requests). In cases of similar requests, requestors may be 
asked to work with each other.
(7). Priority will be given to the earliest requests, by date received, 
when all other criteria are equal.

CONGO/Beijing Plus Five Liaison Office will act as a clearinghouse for 
alternative NGO alternative reports. The deadline for sending in 
Alternative Reports has been extended to 15 February, 2000. Please send 
them to CONGO via mail, fax or e-mail (copied into the body of the 
e-mail to avoid problems downloading):

Rebecca Nichols, Executive Director, 
Sudha Acharya, Beijing Plus Five Focal Point
Janice Fett, Communications Coordinator
8th Floor,777 United Nations Plaza, 
New York, NY 10017, 
Fax: (1-212) 986-0821.
E-mail: <> or <>

The NGO Organizing Committee, comprised of CONGO and NGO representation 
>from all regions and large networks/caucuses, will meet during the 
CSW/PrepCom to address the issue of how to handle any compilation of the 
alternative reports as a Global NGO Alternative Report for possible 
presentation to delegates to the Special Session in June, 2000.  

All NGOs planning to participate in the UN CSW and/or PrepCom should 
reserve hotel rooms and make travel arrangements as soon as possible. 
CONGO does not have the staff to help with travel and accommodation 

However, for those who would like some assistance with these matters, 
and who have access to the Internet, there are many websites with 
information about accommodations in New York City. Two that seem to be 
particularly helpful are:
1. <> (Valerie Zamberletti, IWRAW)
2. <>

The NGO Working Session, originally scheduled for June 3 - 4, 2000, will 
now take place from June 2 - 3, 2000. Plans are not yet finalized, but 
please hold the afternoon and evening of June 2nd and all day June 3rd, 
2000 open. We will send you more information as it becomes available.

In addition to CONGO updates, other organizations are working to keep 
NGOs informed about the CSW, PrepCom and Special Session. One example is 
the WomenAction 2000 global web site ( which 
is maintained by a coalition of NGO women's media/information groups 
scattered throughout almost every world region, with links to 
WomenAction 2000 regional websites in Africa, Asia/Pacific, Latin 
America/Caribbean, and Europe/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: 
<> or at WomenWatch, the UN website for all 
information on UN activities relevant to the advancement of women 

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