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UN/DESA: Civil Society Participation in 2009

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has centralized the registration process of civil society organizations to ECOSOC/DESA related meetings by introducing an Event Management System (EMS).

The system allows DESA to develop a clear and correct picture of the number of civil society representatives that attend their meetings. In 2009, a total of 10,776 NGO representatives registered through their online system to various meetings, out of which 4,436 actually attended the meetings for which they had registered.

Some other figures:
- for the 53rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, 1890 civil society representatives had registered of which 324 NGOs actually attended;
- for the Eighth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, 1283 civil society representatives had registered of which 372 NGOs attended;
- for the 17th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, 599 civil society representatives had registered of which 124 NGOs attended;
- for the 47th Session of the Commission for Social Development, 218 civil society representatives had registered of which 79 NGOs attended;
- for the CSD-17 Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting, 124 civil society representatives had registered of which 41 NGOs attended;
- for the Second Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 96 civil society representatives had registered of which 32 NGOs attended;
- for the 42nd Session of the Commission on Population and Development, 77 civil society representatives had registered of which 33 NGOs attended;
- for the United Nations Forum on Forests, 8th Session, 59 civil society representatives had registered of which 18 NGOs actually attended.

Moreover, the system allows for more specific statistics, such as gender-related data. 61%, or 2,708, out of all NGO representatives that attended the meetings were female.

For more information, contact:

Ola Goransson
NGO Branch
Department of Economic and Social Affairs
United Nations
Tel: (212) 963 7838
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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