Registration open for BPW delegation

Registration open for BPW delegation to UN CSW 55 & General BPW Programme of Events

The fifty-fifth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 55) will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from Tuesday, 22 February to Friday, 4 March 2011.  The priority theme this year is “Access and participation of women and girls to education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work”.

Due to ongoing renovations at the UN Headquarters and space limitations in the North Lawn Building, where the next session will take place, the number of CSW officially accredited attendees from civil society permitted to attend the formal UN CSW meetings that take place on the UN site has been limited to 20 representatives per organization.  However, every BPW member interested in attending CSW 55 in New York will be able to participate in all the planned NGO events and will have input into CSW outcomes.

Visa Applications: BPW International will make available letters in support of Visa applications for members interested in attending NGO parallel events and registering for BPW programmes during CSW 55.

Interested in following UN CSW proceedings and developments?

If you are, you don’t have to attend the actual meetings on United Nations premises during the CSW session. There is no limit to the number of members allowed to take part in the full CSW NGO programme at the Church Centre and other venues nearby that enable a full exchange of ideas with other NGOs and delegates. Timely updates and information will be provided regularly at the Church Centre. The NGO/CSW programme, together with the planned BPW activities, will provide a platform to share and exchange ideas and meet new people sharing similar passions. Members will be able to influence and participate in the CSW55 outcome statement.

In addition a programme of exciting BPW events and activities has been prepared for all members who intend to travel to New York, which will add a distinctive BPW flavour to the above programme and input to CSW outcomes.

The 20 BPW members whom we accredit for the UN CSW sessions will be available to consider input from the other BPW members present to ensure that BPW perspectives are considered in the outcome document.  If you have a special interest in the theme and wish to be considered for one of the 20 places please register now and provide a brief explanation of your special interest or experience in this field.  The deadline for this registration is 23 December 2010.

The registration to attend the general NGO CSW and BPW programme is open to all members. Places for BPW events are limited. To assist the President’s Office with the planning of all BPW events [and to avoid disappointment] we ask members to please register by Friday 21st January – only a strictly limited number of late registrations can be accepted after this date.

A Registration Form must be completed to attend some special BPW events such as the BPW Annual Leaders Summit [previously Presidents Seminar] and the BPW Claire Fulcher Dinner, which require special booking and payment.

Please note: CSW NGO parallel events and BPW events do not require full security information. Upon receipt of Registration Forms, letters in support of Visa applications will be made available by the President’s Office if requested

Accreditation to attend the UN CSW 55 and registration for the exciting BPW events are now open to all BPW members. Please choose from the following options:

1.      BPW Members who have a particular interest in the priority theme and who would like to be considered for CSW 55 Pre-Registration and part of the BPW CSW delegation [limited to 20 members only] <click here>

2.      BPW Members interested in attending the exciting general BPW programme of events <click here>

3.      BPW members who wish to attend the CSW55 NGO programme of events feeding into the CSW55 outcome statement

NB: The two CSW Registration Forms to include two tick boxes where members can register their interest to attend the BPW Welcome Gathering & BPW Parallel Sessions: BPW Gender Diversity & BPW Equal pay Day workshop. Dates to be confirmed very soon.

Kind  regards,

Elizabeth Benham

International President 2008-2011


ph : +1 631-422-7849

fax: +1 631-792-1192


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