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Accreditation and registration

The 2014 Social Forum is tentatively scheduled to take place from 1 to 3 April 2014 in room XX, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.

Pursuant to paragraph 10 of Human Rights Council resolution 24/25, the Social Forum is open to the participation of representatives of States Members of the United Nations and all other interested stakeholders, such as intergovernmental organizations, different components of the United Nations system, especially mandate holders of thematic procedures and mechanisms of the human rights machinery, regional economic commissions and specialized agencies and organizations, as well as representatives designated by human rights national institutions and non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council, and shall also be open to other non-governmental organizations whose aims and purposes are in conformity with the spirit, purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, including newly emerging actors, such as small groups and rural and urban associations from the North and the South, anti-poverty groups, peasants’ and farmers’ organizations and their national and international associations, voluntary organizations, environmental organizations and activists, youth associations, community organizations, trade unions and associations of workers, as well as representatives of the private sector, on the basis of arrangements, including Economic and Social Council resolution 1996/31 of 25 July 1996 and practices observed by the Commission on Human Rights, through an open and transparent accreditation procedure, in accordance with the rules of procedure of the Human Rights Council, while ensuring the most effective contribution of these entities;

THE DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION is 14 March 2014.

  • NGOs with ECOSOC status

Please note that  Geneva accreditations must now be processed  through the website of the NGO Branch/DESA New York, at the following link: http://esango.un.org/paperless/Web?page=static&content=designation#simple

The procedures for the new on-line accreditations of NGO representatives are further described on the UNOG website at www.unog.ch under "the UN and Civil Society".

  • All other civil society actors

All others listed above wishing to accredit representatives to attend the 2014 Social Forum are invited to complete and return to the Secretariat of the Social Forum by email to socialforum@ohchr.org the following documentation:

The letter requesting accreditation must comply with the following requirements:

  • It should be submitted on the official letterhead of the organisation;
  • It should clearly state the name of the organization that wishes to attend, e.g. “[Name of organisation or NGO], [if applicable please indicate after the name of the organization “, in consultative status with ECOSOC,”], wishes to send the following members to attend the [ date ] Social Forum from [ date ]  to [ date ] October [ date ]  ...”;
  • It should indicate the name/s (first name and family name) of all the person/s who will represent the organisation at the Social Forum. Names of persons must appear exactly as they appear in identification documents; family name(s) must be capitalized with their date of birth and nationality.
  • The letter should be signed by the Head or the Main Representative of the organisation.

The accreditation requests will be processed in line with paragraph 10 of HRC resolution 24/25. Participants without a UNOG identity badge should proceed to the accreditation office at the “Pregny Gate” security entrance (8-14 avenue de la Paix – see map) with a copy of the accreditation request, passport or similar picture identity document and the conference registration form for each participant. The Accreditation Officer will then issue a photo-badge granting access to the Palais des Nations.

VISA LETTER- IMPORTANT NOTE:

Participants are responsible for making their own arrangements related to travel and accommodation as well as entry visa to Switzerland. The Secretariat does not provide assistance in this regard and is not in a  position to provide letters to the authorities of Switzerland or the European Union for purposes of obtaining a visa.

NGOs with ECOSOC status may contact NGO Liaison Services at: ungeneva.ngoliaison@unog.ch

For further enquiries, please contact socialforum@ohchr.org