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Accreditation



The NGO Liaison Unit facilitates the participation of NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC in United Nations activities taking place on the premises of the United Nations Office at Geneva. This includes organizing requisite accreditation.

Annual accreditation

Each NGO in consultative status with ECOSOC may designate representatives to obtain annual Grounds passes for UN premises, valid until 31 December of each year. A maximum of 5 such passes can be issued for New York, 5 for Geneva, and 5 for Vienna, in addition to the President or Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) (2 additional passes).

Temporary accreditation

Each NGO in consultative status with ECOSOC may also designate representatives to obtain temporary UN Grounds passes for a maximum duration of 3 months, renewable once (total of 6 months). NGO interns may benefit from a UN Grounds pass for a duration of 11 months up until the end of each calendar year. There is no limit to the number of temporary UN Grounds passes NGOs may obtain at the United Nations Office at Geneva. However, please note that NGOs wishing to invite participants to attend a particular UN public meeting or conference such as sessions of the Human Rights Council and related mechanisms, should be registered by the relevant secretariat of the individual meeting and not benefit from a temporary UN Grounds pass. For more information on registration of participants, please consult the web page of the UN meeting.

To apply for an annual UN-Geneva Ground pass, please follow the below steps, to be repeated every year:

1. Login at http://esango.un.org/civilsociety/newLogin.do and pre-register the President/CEO or CAO's details in the iCSO database of the www.csonet.org website, under "Consultative status", "Designations", "Geneva";

2. Pre-register the information of other annual NGO representatives;

3. Provide a formal letter on the official letterhead of the organization, signed by your President/CEO or CAO (download sample), designating the representatives of the NGO, namely the CEO, the CAO, and a maximum of five annual representatives. Please note that the letter requesting annual UN Grounds passes must be signed by the President/CEO or CAO, whose details must have been pre-registered on line. Letters bearing a signature of a CEO or CAO who has not previously been registered on line will not be accepted and UN Grounds passes will not be issued. The letter should be forwarded to the NGO Liaison Unit, United Nations Office at Geneva, preferably by e-mail at ungeneva.ngoliaison@unog.ch or by fax at 0041 (0) 22 917 0583 at least 3 business days before desirable date of entrance to the Palais des Nations;

4. Login at http://esango.un.org/civilsociety/newLogin.do and check the status of your request. If the names of the representatives you wish to accredit are no longer listed as "pending", your request has been approved.

5. Bring a picture ID to the Pass and Identification Unit at the Pregny Gate of the Palais des Nations, Avenue de la Paix, 8-14, Monday to Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm where a Ground pass will be issued (the person must be present). There is no time limit for obtaining the pass.

Please note: if you are already in possession of a United Nations Headquarters Ground pass, please present it to the security officer in the Pass and Identification Unit at the Pregny Gate.

To apply for temporary UN-Geneva ground pass, including for interns, please follow these steps:

1. Ensure that the President/CEO or CAO's details are pre-registered in the iCSO database of the www.csonet.org website, under "Consultative status", "Designations", "Geneva";

2. Pre-register the information of temporary NGO representatives;

3. Provide a formal letter on the official letterhead of the organization, signed by your President/CEO, CAO, or Main representative with accrediting rights - if already accredited annually (download sample), with full name of the representative(s) designated for a temporary pass and stating the requested date of validity. Please note that the letter requesting temporary UN Grounds passes must be signed by the President/CEO, CAO, or Main representative whose details must have been pre-registered on line. Letters bearing a signature of a CEO, CAO or a Main representative who has not previously been registered on line will not be accepted and UN Grounds passes will not be issued. The letter should be forwarded to the NGO Liaison Unit, United Nations Office at Geneva, preferably by e-mail at ungeneva.ngoliaison@unog.ch or by fax at 0041 (0) 22 917 0583 at least 3 business days before desirable date of entrance to the Palais des Nations;

4. Login at http://esango.un.org/civilsociety/newLogin.do and check the status of your request. If the names of the representatives you wish to accredit are no longer listed as "pending", your request has been approved.

5. Bring a picture ID to the Pass and Identification Unit at the Pregny Gate of the Palais des Nations, Avenue de la Paix, 8-14, Monday to Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm where a Ground pass will be issued (the person must be present). There is no time limit for obtaining the pass.


IMPORTANT REMINDER

If your request concerns the designation of a delegate of your organization in replacement of another delegate, please return the valid Ground pass before submitting the new request. No new pass will be issued before the one to be cancelled has been returned.

REMEMBER: By designating your representatives for a Ground pass, you entitle them to interact with UN staff and government representatives on behalf of your organization.

The NGO Liaison Unit remains at the disposal of NGOs having consultative status with ECOSOC for assistance and complementary information concerning accreditation.