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Since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) play an even more important role as partners to the United Nations on the ground. They support the Organization in advancing its mission and objectives and help the international community deliver this roadmap. The UN system at large relies on their expertise and active engagement across different sectors including with education, health, poverty eradication, human rights, gender equality and indigenous issues. The attention that UN Geneva gives to these engagements supports the UN global efforts to promote, expand and strengthen the role of NGOs at all levels.

Services for NGOs

NGOs in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) can request annual and temporary accreditation at the UN Office at Geneva.

Each eligible NGO can request up to 7 annual grounds passes (through 31 December each year) for its representatives, as follows:

  • Two passes are reserved for the President/Chief Executive Officer and Chief Administrative Officer (same persons in all duty stations). Once either of the two has been designated and approved in a duty station, the NGO is accredited for that year in that duty station. Failure to nominate at least one of the two positions will prevent the approval of grounds passes for other representatives;
  • One pass for the main representative;
  • Up to four passes for additional representatives.

Temporary grounds passes can be requested for a maximum duration of 3 months, renewable once (for a total of 6 months). Limitations to the number of temporary passes per NGO apply based on capacity and/or security constraints at the time of request. Justification as to the need for temporary passes is also required.

NGO representatives in possession of annual and temporary grounds passes are able to gain access to the Palais des Nations. Registration / accreditation procedure may be necessary for the attendance of specific meetings; it is recommended that the individual meeting organizer be contacted to ascertain this. Registration to events: Indico.

All those in possession of a grounds pass are subject to relevant UN rules and regulations and must fully comply with the processes and directions set forth by UNOG Security and Safety Service and the NGO Liaison Unit. Sanctions may be taken in cases of misuse of the accreditation or grounds passes as well as any transgression of the rules.
For more information concerning accreditation / grounds passes, please consult:

  1. Login into the iCSO database and follow the links to Consultative status, Designations, Geneva.
  2. Pre-register the President/CEO and/or Chief Administrative Officer’s details.
  3. Pre-register other NGO representatives.
  4. Send a formal designation letter and a copy of the signatory’s passport to the NGO Liaison Unit – preferably by e-mail (unog.ngo@un.org) – at least 3 working days before the desired date of entrance to the Palais des Nations:
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In accordance with ECOSOC resolution 1996/31, which governs the consultative arrangements between the United Nations and NGOs, accommodation may be provided for conferences or smaller meetings of NGOs with consultative status.

Premises may only be used for activities that are in keeping with the United Nations purposes and objectives, as defined in the Charter, and that are strictly non-commercial.

Non-governmental organizations may request meeting rooms through UN Geneva by completing and submitting the following documents at least 6 weeks prior to the planned date of the meeting:

  • Booking Request form (please download the form by clicking on the below Request for meeting facilities at UNOG);
  • A meeting agenda and concept note.

Rooms may be made available for the following purposes:

  • Consultations with the Secretariat and/or Governments and/or other Non-Governmental Organizations on matters related to the concerns of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC);
  • Meetings, seminars, and conferences related to the concerns of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) and involving the participation of one or more sections of the Secretariat;
  • Meetings, seminars, conferences, and consultations related to the procedures of consultative status.

Rooms cannot be made available for NGOs to:

  • Conduct their own organizational business;
  • Advance their own purpose
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Find the Centre for NGOs:
The Centre for NGOs at the Palais des Nations, located in Room E.2079/1, Building E, Level 2, is at the disposal of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) (view map of the Palais). 

Space and Equipment:
The Centre is comprised of computers with public WIFI, a reading area with a documents reference library, and a meeting area for up to 15 persons.

The semi-private meeting area in the Centre for NGOs can be booked for private meetings of up to 15 people. These meetings must be in line with the United Nations purposes and objectives, as defined in the Charter, and must be strictly non-commercial. The meeting area cannot be made available for NGOs to conduct their own organizational business or advance their own purposes and aims. An NGO organizing a meeting in the Centre is exclusively responsible for its meeting.

Participants of meetings held in the Centre for NGOs must be in possession of grounds pass for the Palais des Nations.

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The NGO Liaison Unit is the focal point for matters on relations between the United Nations and civil society in Geneva. The main functions of the NGO Liaison are based on ECOSOC Resolution 1996/31 which sets out the arrangements for consultation with NGOs. These functions include:

  • Providing information, assistance, and guidance to representatives of NGOs on opportunities for engagement with the United Nations and on issues under consideration by appropriate United Nations bodies;
  • Facilitating the participation of NGOs in meetings at UN Geneva, as set out in ECOSOC Resolution 1996/31, including authorizing and organizing appropriate accreditation;
  • Arranging informal discussions and participating in events on issues relating to engagement between the United Nations and NGOs;
  • Assisting NGOs in their requests for ECOSOC Consultative Status;
  • Assisting Permanent Missions with information on the relationship between the United Nations and NGOs;
  • Maintaining liaison with the United Nations family in Geneva on civil society matters.
Contact

NGO Liaison Unit 
Office of the Director-General 
H Building 
Palais des Nations 
1211 Geneva 10 
Tel: + 41 (0)22 917 13 04; 917 21 78 - Monday to Friday: 9.00 to 11.00 a.m. and 2.00 to 4.00 p.m.
Fax: +41 (0)22 917 05 83 Email: unog.ngo@un.org

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