2016 Civil Society Forum at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD14) in Nairobi, Kenya

Application Deadline: April 30th 2016

A Civil Society Forum will be organized as part of the official programme of UNCTAD 14.

The Forum will start before and run in parallel to the Conference. It will provide an opportunity for participating civil society organizations (CSOs) to discuss and formulate their views on the issues related to the Conference agenda. The Civil Society Declaration will be delivered to the opening plenary of UNCTAD 14.

The Preparatory Committee for UNCTAD 14 will hold two hearings with civil society in Geneva prior to the Conference to provide CSOs the opportunity to contribute to the preparatory process and comment on the pre-conference negotiating text.

CSOs wishing to take part in the preparatory process, the Civil Society Forum and the Conference round tables and debates are required to follow the steps below.

Step 1: Apply for accreditation to UNCTAD 14

  • CSOs that have observer status with UNCTAD are requested to send an official letter (on official letterhead and signed by the Head of the organization) expressing their interest to contribute to UNCTAD 14 and designating the representatives who will attend the Conference and its preparatory hearings.

    Download:List of CSOs with observer status

  • CSOs that were previously accredited to UNCTAD XIII in Doha, Qatar (2012) are required to apply for accreditation to UNCTAD 14 by completing the Application Form.

    Download:List of CSOs that were accredited to UNCTAD XIII

  • All other CSOs are required to complete the Application Form and send it with a copy of the required supporting documentation. Organizations should provide clear information about their activities and how they relate to UNCTAD’s areas of work.

    Requests for accreditation will be submitted to UNCTAD member States for consideration and approval. Decisions regarding accreditation to UNCTAD 14 and its preparatory meetings will be communicated directly to the organizations concerned.

Step 2: Designate Representatives

Once a CSO is accredited, the Head of the organization is requested to designate their representatives who will attend the Conference and preparatory meetings. The official letter (on official letterhead and signed by the Head of the organization) should be sent by mail, e-mail or fax to UNCTAD’s Civil Society Outreach Unit.

Step 3: Register online for the Conference

Designated representatives are requested to register online for the Conference.

A copy of the individual invitation issued by UNCTAD should be uploaded during the online registration process. Final confirmation of participation will be subject to approval by the UNCTAD secretariat.

Once registration is confirmed, designated representatives may participate in the Preparatory Hearings, the Forum and the public meetings and debates at UNCTAD 14. They may also access non-restricted general documentation and use the facilities provided for CSOs at the Conference centre.

Please Note:

Only representatives who have been designated by the Head of their organization and have registered online for UNCTAD 14 will be able to participate.

All participants are responsible for obtaining their entry visa for Kenya and for financing their travel and accommodation in Nairobi for the duration of their stay.

The number of representatives allowed per organization might be limited by the capacity of available meeting space.

Enquiries should be sent to: [email protected]

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Civil Society Forum at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD14)


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