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Note on Security for Civil Society during the UN Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on Development (24-26 June 2009, UN Headquarters, New York)

Due to the heightened security requirements, special security procedures will be put in place around UN Headquarters during the UN Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on Development, which takes place from 24 June to 26 June 2009.

Please read the information below for details on security arrangements during this period:

The UN Headquarters complex will be closed to the public from 6 p.m. on Tuesday, 21 June 2009 through close of business Friday, 26 June 2009. Access to the United Nations complex during the Conference will be restricted to delegates and their staff; staff members of the United Nations Secretariat, funds, programmes and agencies; accredited media, NGOs and interns working in the Secretariat, who are in possession of a valid United Nations building pass.

This means that you must be in possession of a valid UN grounds pass to enter the building. If you currently hold a pass you will not need special accreditation. If you do not have a pass, but registered for the Conference, then please follow the instructions below.

To Obtain a Temporary Grounds Pass:

First, you will need to check in with NGLS and fill out a brief form. On 23 June, NGLS will set up a registration desk from 9:30am to 4pm on the second floor of the Church Center which is where the NGO Forum will be taking place. During the Conference (24-26 June) you will need to check in at the NGLS Office (corner of 1st Avenue and 44th Street):

Room DC1-1106, United Nations New York NY 10017 United States Tel. +1 212 963 3125 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Second, you will need to take this form to the UN Pass and ID Office, which is located at the corner of 1st Avenue and 45th Street. The pass office will then issue you a temporary UN grounds pass which will allow you access to the building for the duration of the Conference.

Accessing UN Headquarters:

To enter the UN complex, you will need to first pass through the Security screening tent which is located inside the gate that is located on the east side of 1st Avenue at 46th Street.

Within the UN complex, there will be certain further restrictions on movements. Restricted areas have been designated, encompassing the entire second floor and Conference Rooms 4 and the General Assembly Building, including the North Delegates’ Lounge.

In order to enter meetings inside the ECOSOC Chamber or the Trusteeship Council Chamber you will need to enter – and exit – from the third floor.

The balconies in the General Assembly Hall and Conference Room 4 will be open to civil society observers. In order to access the balconies, you will need to be in possession of a ticket in addition to your grounds pass. There are 50 tickets allocated for each plenary session in the General Assembly Hall and 50 tickets for each Roundtable, taking place in Conference Room 4. These tickets have been given to the Global Social Economy Group secretariat to distribute. If you are unable to obtain a ticket, Conference Room 1 will be an ‘overflow’ room where the proceedings of both meetings can be observed on a video screen.

The UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) is an inter-agency programme of the United Nations mandated to develop constructive relations between the UN and civil society organizations.


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