Registration for the UN Sustainable Development Summit

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The United Nations Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda took place on 25-27 September 2015. Civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations and the private sector were able to apply for registration to the Summit through 24 August. It was specified on the registration form that to qualify for attendance of the Summit, organizations must have one of the following forms of accreditation to the UN:

  1. consultative status with ECOSOC
  2. on the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) roster
  3. accredited to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (Johannesburg 2002)
  4. accredited to the UN Conference on Environment and Development (Rio 1992)
  5. participated in a previous UN Summit
  6. Special accreditation to the 25-27 September 2015 UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda (deadline to apply was 7 August).

More than 2000 applications for registration to the Summit were received. These applications were reviewed by several UN offices to verify the forms of accreditation claimed for the organizations named in the applications. The applications of those who applied for special accreditation were jointly vetted as well. Approximately 600 organizations were validated for categories 1-5 above, and approximately 205 organizations that applied for special accreditation in July / August were recommended for approval to UN Member States, subject to their review on a non-objection basis. Two Member State objected to a total of five organizations that applied for special accreditation in July / August.* 54 organizations had been approved for special accreditation in May 2015 prior to the 26-27 UN General Assembly hearings for the post-2015 Summit.

Approval of accreditation does not guarantee a pass to attend the official proceedings of the Summit (plenary and interactive dialogues).

If an organization received accreditation to the Summit, it meant that it qualified for further consideration in the allocation of passes. The UN was able to accommodate the significant majority of accredited registrants to participate in one or more of the official segments of the Summit programme.

*Accreditation lists

a) The list of organizations approved for special accreditation from the July / August application window:
http://www.un.org/pga/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2015/09/100915_Post-2015-Summit-NGOs-list.pdf

b) The list of organizations approved for special accreditation from the May application window:
http://bit.ly/CSOs-May2015-special-accreditation-post2015-Summit

The list of organizations with consultative status to ECOSOC, on the CSD roster, or that attended a UN Summit that applied to register for the Summit and were approved for accreditation (not yet registration) is here:
http://www.un.org/pga/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2015/09/010915_Post-2015-Summit-NGOs-in-consultative-status-with-ECOSOC-list.pdf.

Side events of the Summit had their own separate pass system. A Civil society representative could attend a side event if a side event organizer arranged a Special Event Ticket for the person. More than 200 side events were organized related to the Summit, both inside and outside the UN.

UN-NGLS requested all organizers of side events that are open to observers to post their side event here, and to include contact information for people to request a Special Event Ticket: http://bit.ly/post-your-UN-Summit-side-event

For more information on the UN Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda, please visit: http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/summit/