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Congratulations! Once an NGO is granted consultative status with ECOSOC, its representatives can be accredited with UNOG and receive grounds passes to enter the Palais des Nations. You will need to follow these three steps in order to receive UNOG annual grounds passes (valid until 31 December of the ongoing year):
- The President/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of your NGO should be registered in the iCSO database at www.csonet.org;
- Other annual representatives of your NGO should be registered in the iCSO database;
- A designation letter should be sent to the NGO Liaison Unit at UNOG. Consult template designation letter and user guide. Once the above steps have been completed and the request has been sent to the NGO Liaison Unit, we need three working days to process and approve it.
Every year, an NGO can designate up to seven representatives to obtain UNOG annual grounds passes (valid until 31 December).
An NGO can have:
1. One (1) designation as “President/ Chief Executive Officer” (Head of the NGO);
2. One (1) designation as “Chief Administrative Officer” (Second Head of the NGO who can act on behalf of the President/CEO);
3. One (1) designation as “Main representative” (who can act on behalf of the President/CEO and CAO, with limited or without accrediting rights);
4. Maximum four designations with the representative type as “Additional representative”. NGOs need to attribute these designations to their representatives who might have different functional titles within the NGO (e.g. an NGO’s Executive Director could be designated as “Chief Administrative Officer” or an NGO’s Project Officer could be designated as “Additional representatives”).
When communicating with the NGO Liaison Unit, NGO representatives are invited to refer themselves to the four representative types recognized by the UN mentioned above and as designated in the iCSO database.
It is compulsory to designate the President/CEO or the Chief Administrative Officer at the beginning of each year. There can only be one President and one Chief Administrative Officer for all three duty stations (New York, Geneva and Vienna). Main and additional representatives may vary from one duty station to another.
An NGO can also request temporary grounds passes for a maximum duration of three months, renewable once. The NGO Liaison Unit reserves the right to apply limitations to the number of temporary grounds passes requested based on capacity or security constraints, and NGOs may be requested to provide relevant justifications.
- Visit the UN Geneva meetings and events page on the website
- Consult the calendar. It is searchable by day, week or month. Click on the title of the event to see if it is public or private. Public events can be attended by NGOs.
- Sign up to mailing lists from the Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights, UNCTAD, etc.
With a valid UNOG grounds pass, you are entitled to participate in any public UN Conference at Palais des Nations. However, we always recommend that you check for any additional registration requirements with the secretariat organizing a meeting you are interested in.
The Library is located inside the United Nations compound in Geneva, in Building B of the Palais des Nations.
Getting to the Palais des Nations:
Entry for visitors is possible at Peace Gate and the Peace Gate bis from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. after passing through security screening. Previously, they have to go to Villa Les Feuillantines, Avenue de la Paix 13 to obtain a magnetic day badge (please read our information on temporary access to the Palais des Nations).
Public transport: Transports Publics Genevois
Palais des Nations transit stops are Appia and Nations.
Access from Cornavin railway station:
- Bus lines : 8, F, V, Z (“Appia” stop), then a 5 minutes' walk to the Villa Feuillantines (Pass & ID accreditation services), or directly to the Peace Gate
- Tramway 15 (“Nations” stop)
Access from Cointrin airport:
- Bus lines: 28 (“Appia” stop) or 5 (“Nations” stop)
Other bus lines with stop at “Nations”:
- Bus lines 11 and 22.
Reminder for all external attendees: If you are not in possession of a UN badge, you should register to the event of your choice on indico.un.org, and bring a valid ID on the day of the event to the UN visitors entrance, the Peace Gate.
1. Consult OHCHR’s Handbook for Civil Society- a guide on how the various UN human rights mechanisms work and how to engage with them.
2. Visit the webpage of OHCHR Civil Society Section
3. Register in Indico: https://reg.unog.ch/category/800/?flatlist.
To organize an event with Cultural Activities Programme: All proposals need to come from either a Permanent Mission or an International Organization. The Cultural Activities Committee (CAC) reviews and approves all new proposals at least three months prior to the actual event to allow enough time for the organization. Events in the frameworks of Cultural Activities have to be artistic in nature (e.g. paintings, concerts, artistic photography, etc.)
All proposals have to be in line with UN values, shall not single out any Member States and shall not be too graphic. Venues can be pre-reserved on a first-come, first-served basis and will be confirmed once the CAC has approved the project. In case a project does not fit into the frameworks of Cultural Activities, it could be organized as a Side Event to a meeting or conference at the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG).
To visit an ongoing exhibition, please follow the normal procedures either registering through the e-mail address or the link provided on the flyer for the event. You can also visit our website for an overview of upcoming events and register directly there.
Please see the following information on event venues inside the Palais: https://ask.unog.ch/events/faq/178198
To obtain information about the meetings which will be held at the Palais des Nations, have a look at our meetings and events calendar.
When accredited with UNOG, NGO representatives will own grounds passes to enter the Palais des Nations, to attend and organize events, to network, to participate in activities, etc.
Only representatives of NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC can be accredited with the United Nations Office at Geneva. Accreditation needs to be renewed evey year. To learn more about consultative status, please consult the brochure at this link. To learn more about accreditation with UNOG, please visit our web page at this link.
The Indico team provides an online step-by-step guide for participant registration. Please share the link to the guide with your participants.
Yes, we do share a presentation about the system and can give interested entities a demonstration of the system. Please get in touch with us.