Information on NGO Registration and Attestations

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NGO ACCREDITATION The Durban Review Conference will be open for the participation as observers of those NGOs accredited to the World Conference against Racism (WCAR) 2001 and whose accreditation to the Durban Review Conference and its preparatory process was not questioned by any Member State; NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC; NGOs accredited by the Preparatory Committee for the Review Conference in accordance with Economic and Social Council resolution 1996/31 and indigenous peoples’ representatives that are accredited in accordance with Economic and Social Council resolution 1995/32 and who express willingness to participate. Kindly note that the deadline for accreditation is now passed and no new applications may be considered.

NGO ATTESTATIONS 1. NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC Representatives of NGOs in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council who have registered for a meeting in the context of the Review Process and who need attestations for the purpose of visas, can request one, at least 10 days in advance of submitting their request for visa to Swiss authorities in their country, by contacting the NGO Liaison Office of the United Nations Office at Geneva :

NGO Liaison Office

Office of the Director-General

Room 153

Palais des Nations

1211 Geneva 10

Tel: + 41 (0)22 917 1304

Fax: +41 (0)22 917 05 83

Email: ungeneva.ngoliaison@unog.ch

In order to avoid delays in issuing letter/s of attestations, NGOs must provide the name of the person(s) who will be applying for the visa in their request for attestation.

2. Attestation for representatives of accredited NGOs not in consultative status with ECOSOC Representatives of accredited NGOs who are not in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council and who need attestations for the purpose of visas can request one by contacting:. NGODurbanRevConf@ohchr.org They must provide the name of the person who will be applying for the visa as well as the name and address of the organization that the person will be representing at the Durban Review Conference. Participants are kindly requested to note “Attestation” in the subject line of any email communication requesting a letter for attestation. It is strongly advised to contact the competent Swiss Representation in your country well in advance to inquire about documentation requirements and the time needed to process visa requests. For general information, please refer to the Website of the Federal Office of Migration: http://www.bfm.admin.ch/bfm/en/home/themen/einreise/merkblatt_einreise.html

REGISTRATION.  All participants and observers at the Durban Review Conference, including those attending special events, will be required to register in advance of the Durban Review Conference. Registration to the third substantive session of the Preparatory Committee (15 – 17 April 2009) automatically implies registration to the Durban Review Conference and vice versa. In order to expedite the process of issuing security passes at the Durban Review Conference, all participants and observers are strongly encouraged to register prior to the Conference. This should be done by sending a letter listing the names of the representatives to the Secretariat to NGODurbanRevConf@ohchr.org or Fax: + 41 (0)22 928 90 50. The deadline for registration is 30 March 2009. Upon arrival participants should proceed to the Pregny Gate of the Palais des Nations to complete the formalities to receive the badge. Participants are kindly advised to ensure they have a valid identification document with them in order to facilitate issuing of the badge.

The letter that accredited NGOs intending to participate at the Durban Review Conference must comply with the following requirements: It should be submitted on the official letterhead of the organization; It should clearly state the name of the organization that wishes to attend, e.g. “Name of NGO, in consultative status with ECOSOC / accredited to take part in the 2001 WCAR / newly accredited by the Preparatory Committee, wishes to send the following members to attend the (insert Preparatory Committee and/or Durban Review Conference); The letter should be signed by the President or the Main Representative of the organization; The letter should also indicate the full name/s (first name and family name) of the person/s who will represent the organization at the Preparatory Committee and/or the Durban Review Conference: Names of persons must appear exactly as they appear in the ID document; Family Name(s) must be capitalized. The deadline for registration is 30 March 2009. Any questions regarding the registration process may be directed to NGODurbanRevConf@ohchr.org Practical information The following link with Mandat International provides practical information to facilitate your stay in Geneva, including advice on low cost accommodation: http://www.welcomedesk.org. OHCHR regrets that it is unable to provide assistance in this regard.

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