|BEIJING+5 FACT SHEET UPDATE #5|
(27 April 2000)
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This Fact Sheet contains information regarding the Beijing+5 Process. It is an effort to provide information as available. New or changed information will appear in future editions. You are urged to share this information with your fellow NGOs. We welcome other NGOs to contact us with their e-mail address, fax number, and/or mailing address so that we can add them to our contact list.
This Update is intended as a general overview of the Beijing+5 process. We apologize to those NGOs who have been closely following this process for whom some of this information will not be news.
BEIJING+5 "Women 2000: Gender Equality, Development and Peace for the 21st Century," also known as Beijing+5, is the Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly that will be held in New York on 5 ≠ 9 June 2000. The mandate of Beijing+5 is to review the progress made in implementing the Beijing Platform for Action and to consider further actions and initiatives. More information about the Beijing+5 process can be found on the CONGO web site (www.conferenceofngos.org).
NGO PARTICIPATION AT THE SPECIAL SESSION
There were two deadline dates with the Division for the Advancement of Women (UN/DAW):
UN/DAW does not yet have a final answer about the number of representatives from each NGO who will be accredited to the Special Session. The letters of accreditation will be sent out in early May. Only confirmation letters will be sent initially. CONGO will send a Fact Sheet Update to advise NGOs that the letters are being sent out. CONGO will NOT be in a position to verify or check the accreditation status of individual NGOs. Please watch for the update.
NGO WORKING SESSION
Friday afternoon 2 June, location to be announced: an outdoor event to which all NGOs are invited. There will be entertainment, some welcoming speeches and time to mingle informally. Tentative time is 2-5pm. Saturday 3 June at the United Nations. Registration is limited to NGOs accredited to the Special Session. Forms will be sent to accredited individuals by second week of May. More information will be sent out as details are finalized.
from the Publisher/ Assignment Editor or Bureau Chief. It should specify the name and functional title of the journalist and the period of coverage at the United Nations.
The Media Accreditation Centre is in the Pass and Identification Unit, 801, United Nations Plaza, on the corner of 45th Street & First Avenue. Regular office hours are from 9:00 am to 12:45 pm and 2:00 pm to 4:45 pm (January to mid September). During the General Assembly, the office hours are from 9:00 am to 5:15 pm. The office is closed for lunch from 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm.Check the UN web site for more information about media accreditation (www.un.org/geninfo/malu.htm.
Ambassador Linda Tarr-Whelan of the US Delegation has stated that the United States government will alert all of its consular services offices/embassies that a significant number of people will be applying for visas in order to attend the Beijing+5 Special Session. We recommend that NGO representatives take all relevant documentation with them when applying for their VISA. RESUMED PREPCOM AND INTER-SESSIONAL MEETINGS The dates for the resumed PrepCom and Inter-sessional meetings are:
There are many activities going on in New York City during the Beijing+5 Special Session. In addition to the official UN proceedings, there are NGO events directly associated with the official proceedings and other NGO events of interest. Different groups are facilitating/organizing these events. To help NGOs contact the most appropriate organization, please consult the following list:DIVISION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF WOMEN (UN/DAW)
NGO COORDINATING COMMITTEE
US BEIJING PLUS 5 NGO HOST COMMITTEE (US NGO HOST COMMITTEE)
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