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How many grounds passes can an NGO receive? What are the different representative types?

Every year, an NGO can designate up to 7 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 (4) 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 4 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 3 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.

Find more information about the UN Geneva NGO Liaison Unit