Participating in a UN event
Swedish Drapery in the Economic and Social Council Chamber To participate in a event listed on this site, look for the registration link for the event of your interest on the Upcoming Events page on this site.

Note that the arrangements for NGO participation are different for every meeting, and set by the organizers of each event, in line with ECOSOC resolution 1996/31 and established procedures.

Generally, sessions of the functional commissions of ECOSOC, that take place in the spring of each year such as Commission for Social Development, the Commission on the Status of Women, the Commission on Population and Development, the UN Forum on Forests, and the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, are open to NGOs in consultative status. Click here for an overview of subsidiary bodies of ECOSOC.

Many of the other events listed on this site will be open to all NGOs. However all will require pre-registration. Please check carefully the information on the organizer's event page. You must always have a valid grounds pass, and be accredited by a recognized NGO, to attend any event at the United Nations.

Introducing the INDICO event registration system

We have launched a new platform for managing NGO registration to meetings and events at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The platform is called INDICO, and it is replacing the registration functionality of CSO Net. INDICO is an open source platform developed by CERN and customized by our colleagues at the UN Office in Geneva, where it is used for all event registrations.

Please see the quick guide for instructions on how to create your account in INDICO. If your NGO is in consultative status with ECOSOC, it must designate up to two Conference Focal Points, who will review the individual registrations of members of their organization for all events that use the platform. Please see instructions for designating Conference Focal Points.

You can find more information about INDICO here:

DESA recently hosted a webinar on INDICO. The recording can be viewed here:
The PDF of the slide presentation can be found here: