NGO CSW68 Forum

10 - 22 March 2024

Mark your calendars! The NGO CSW68 Forum will be taking place on 10 - 22 March 2024! Check this page periodically for more information as it becomes available. The best way to stay up-to-date on NGO CSW68 Forum updates is to join our mailing list below!

Registration for the NGO CSW68 Forum is open!

Registration is now open for the NGO CSW68 Forum in March 2024! Register now to start exploring our new and improved virtual portal!

When you register, you will receive a confirmation email with pertinent information and a link to login to the virtual portal to start exploring! Read our FAQs for more info about registration.

Host an in-person or virtual Exhibit Booth or sponsor a Handbook Ad!

Apply to host a virtual or in-person Exhibit Booth and/or a virtual Handbook Ad to promote your organization or Parallel Event and engage with NGO CSW68 Forum attendees!

Applications will open Friday, 15 December 2023. The deadline to apply for an in-person Exhibit Booth is 12 February 2024. The deadline to apply for a virtual Exhibit Booth or Handbook Ad is 26 February 2024. Learn more!

In-Person Artisan Fair Applications

The in-person Artisan Fair at the NGO CSW Forum is back! The Artisan Fair is a space where artisans from around the globe can sell their goods to thousands of NGO CSW68 Forum participants. NGO CSW/NY invites artisans from around the world to apply to sell their goods at the Forum! Learn more and apply!

The deadline to apply is Monday, 22 January 2024.

REASONS TO ATTEND

PARALLEL EVENTS

One of the key components and the most popular aspect of the NGO CSW Forum is the Parallel Events. Each year, we invite civil society organizations around the globe to apply to host a Parallel Event, regardless of their ECOSOC status. These events are totally organized by the host organization and address the CSW priority theme in some way.

CIVIL SOCIETY BRIEFINGS

Co-hosted by NGO CSW/NY and UN Women, the Civil Society Briefings bring together civil society, UN agencies, and Member States to share the state of play as developments within the CSW and outcome document negotiation process unfold.

NETWORKING

Meet fellow activists and connect with old friends! The NGO CSW Forum is the perfect place to network with other organizations and advocates in the global gender equality and women's rights movement. NGO CSW/NY and the YLYPs host different sessions that allow for networking and connection between participants.

CONVERSATION CIRCLES

Conversation Circles provide a place to raise issues and exchange ideas on different topics in a semi-structured space during the NGO CSW Forum. Each conversation addresses a specific topic related to gender equality and are facilitated by experts in the theme.

REGIONAL CAUCUSES

Hosted by the global NGO CSWs and the Europe & North America Caucus, Regional Caucuses are informal, loosely moderated spaces for participants to discuss and reflect upon regional advocacy and their region's most relevant and pressing issues.

ADVOCACY

Advocate for your organization and the issues you're passionate about to Member States, UN agencies, and other CSOs during the NGO CSW Forum. NGO CSW/NY and the YLYPs host advocacy trainings and provide advocacy resources to ensure that you are prepared to engage effectively.

IN-PERSON & VIRTUAL EXHIBIT BOOTHS

This year, we have both in-person and virtual Exhibit Booths during the Forum! Visit (or host!) Exhibit Booths on the virtual portal or at the Armenian Convention Center to learn more about exhibiting organizations, groups, and campaigns.

ARTISAN FAIR

The in-person Artisan Fair at the NGO CSW Forum is back! The Artisan Fair is a space where artisans from around the globe can sell their goods to thousands of NGO CSW68 Forum participants. NGO CSW/NY invites artisans from around the world to apply to sell their goods at the Forum!

Questions about the NGO CSW68 Forum?

Read our FAQs for more info!

These FAQs will be updated periodically leading up to the Forum as new information becomes available.

Advocacy for NGO CSW68

NGO CSW/NY is committed to providing our community with advocacy resources and training to ensure that they are prepared to advocate for their organization or work at the UN CSW68. We also do our own advocacy each year for the UN CSW Zero Draft and outcome document through our Advocacy & Research Group.

CSW68 Priority Theme

Accelerating the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls by addressing poverty and strengthening institutions and financing with a gender perspective

CSW68 Review Theme

Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls (agreed conclusions of the sixty-third session)

UN Commission on the Status of Women Information

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is an official Commission of the United Nations which focuses on the rights and empowerment of women and global gender equality. It's an intergovernmental body consisting of 45 Member State governments of the UN. As the Secretariat of the CSW, UN Women (an official UN agency), supports all aspects of the Commission's work.

To attend the UN CSW68 inside the UN Headquarters, you must be one of the representatives of an ECOSOC-accredited organization.

The official CSW68 is a separate process from the NGO CSW68 Forum. NGO CSW/NY hosts the NGO CSW Forum as a civil society gathering parallel to the official UN CSW. The UN CSW is organized by UN Women.

For questions about official UN CSW68 processes such as registration via Indico, UN grounds passes, written and oral statements, and side events, please contact UN Women at csw@unwomen.org.

For more information about the official UN CSW, visit UN Women's website.

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