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Accreditation

The NGO Liaison Unit facilitates the participation of NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC in United Nations activities taking place on the premises of the United Nations Office at Geneva. This includes organizing requisite accreditation.

Each NGO in consultative status with ECOSOC can designate representatives to obtain passes for the UN premises, valid until 31 December of each year. A maximum of 5 such passes can be issued for New York, 5 for Geneva, and 5 for Vienna, in addition to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and the President or Chief Executive (2 additional passes).

To apply for an annual ground pass, please follow these steps:

1. Provide a formal letter on the official letterhead of the organization, signed by your Chief Executive/President (download sample), designating a maximum of five representatives for annual passes (plus two for the CEO and Chief Executive). Please note that any signature other than that of your Chief Executive/President will not be accepted. The letter should be forwarded to the NGO Liaison Unit, United Nations Office at Geneva, either by fax, e-mail or post;

2. Pre-register your information online at http://esango.un.org/paperless/Web?page=static&content=designation#simple ;

3. Bring a picture ID to the Pass and Identification Unit at the Pregny Gate of the Palais des Nations from Monday to Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm where a ground pass will be issued (the person must be present). There is no time limit for obtaining the pass. It may be issued at the first convenient opportunity or while attending a meeting organized at UNOG.

Please note: if you are already in possession of a United Nations Headquarters ground pass, present this to the security officer in the Pass and Identification Unit at the Pregny Gate. Information regarding your accreditation to Geneva will then be entered onto your existing pass, without having to issue a different one.

To apply for a temporary ground pass, including for interns, please follow these steps:

1. Provide a formal letter on the official letterhead of the organization, signed by your Chief Executive/President (download sample), with full name of the representative designated for a temporary pass, stating the meeting or other activity the representative will attend and the requested date of validity. Please note that any signature other than that of your Chief Executive/President will not be accepted. The letter should be forwarded to the NGO Liaison Unit, United Nations Office at Geneva, either by fax, e-mail or post;

2. Pre-register your information online at http://esango.un.org/paperless/Web?page=static&content=designation#simple ;

3. Bring a picture ID to the Pass and Identification Unit at the Pregny Gate of the Palais des Nations from Monday to Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm where a ground pass will be issued (the person must be present).

IMPORTANT REMINDER

If your request concerns the designation of a delegate of your organization in replacement of another delegate, please return the valid ground pass before submitting the new request. No new pass will be issued before the one to be cancelled has been returned.

REMEMBER: By designating your representatives for a ground pass, you entitle them to interact with UN staff and government representatives on behalf of your organization.

The NGO Liaison Unit remains at the disposal of NGOs having consultative status with ECOSOC for assistance and complementary information concerning accreditation.

For more information on security matters as well as facilities and services available at the Palais des Nations for delegates participating in meetings, conferences and other events, please see the relevant link.


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