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Electronic Processing of Applications for UN Grounds Passes for Representatives of Civil Society Organizations Associated with UN Department of Global Communications


Dear Civil Society Colleagues,

We hope this message finds you well.

In light of the update on the work of UN Department of Safety and Security (DSS) in New York, the Civil Society Unit will now be electronically processing requests for UN Grounds Passes from eligible representatives of civil society organizations associated with the Department of Global Communications (DGC).

Eligible CSO representatives should complete the Application for UN Grounds Pass form and the Consent Form and email them to, along with a letter from the head of the organization designating them as a representative. For more information on designating CSO representatives to DGC for 2020, please review this note.

The Civil Society Unit will review submissions and return approved forms to applicants as PDF files via email. CSO representatives must bring a printed copy of the approved form to the UN Pass and ID Unit (320 East 45 Street, New York) during the new hours of operation: 9am to 12 Noon on weekdays. Please note that a government-issued photo I.D. is also required.

Kindly allow 72 hours for the Civil Society Unit to process applications for UN Grounds Passes. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


Civil Society Unit

Application for Special-Accreditation for high-level events

From UN News


Our world faces a common enemy: COVID-19.

The virus does not care about nationality or ethnicity, faction or faith. It attacks all, relentlessly.

Meanwhile, armed conflict rages on around the world.

The most vulnerable — women and children, people with disabilities, the marginalized and the displaced — pay the highest price.

They are also at the highest risk of suffering devastating losses from COVID-19.

Let’s not forget that in war-ravaged countries, health systems have collapsed.

Health professionals, already few in number, have often been targeted.

Refugees and others displaced by violent conflict are doubly vulnerable.

The fury of the virus illustrates the folly of war.

That is why today, I am calling for an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world.

It is time to put armed conflict on lockdown and focus together on the true fight of our lives.

To warring parties, I say:

Pull back from hostilities.

Put aside mistrust and animosity.

Silence the guns; stop the artillery; end the airstrikes.

This is crucial…

To help create corridors for life-saving aid.

To open precious windows for diplomacy.

To bring hope to places among the most vulnerable to COVID-19.

Let us take inspiration from coalitions and dialogue slowly taking shape among rival parties to enable joint approaches to COVID-19. But we need much more.

End the sickness of war and fight the disease that is ravaging our world.

It starts by stopping the fighting everywhere. Now.

That is what our human family needs, now more than ever.

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In solidarity and support to all those who are affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, and especially the most vulnerable among us – the elderly, the sick, those without reliable healthcare, and those on the edge of poverty – on Friday, 20 March 2020, the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council (UNCMS), in association with Open Mind Project and Culturunners, will launch a Webcast performance to pay tribute to all the outpourings of selflessness and love that have inspired the world in these uncertain times with. All participating musicians will perform solo repertoire gems from their own homes, in encouragement of physical distancing to prevent the Coronavirus’ spread. Founded in 2016, the UNCMS is dedicated to promoting the UN goals at large - through the universal language of music.
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All proceeds from sales support the work of the Organization.

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‘Count every drop, every drop counts’: UN weather agency calls for better water data on World Meteorological Day

Floods, extreme rainfall, droughts and melting glaciers…many of the major signs of climate change involve water. On this year’s World Meteorological Day, the UN weather agency (WMO) is reinforcing the message of World Water Day, by focusing on the links between climate and water, and calling for better water-related data. Read more...

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Invitations | Opportunities for Participation

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Civil Society Corner

COVID-19 IMPACT & UN75: People's Forum Updates

NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY with UN2020 & Together First invite you to our Co-Hosted March UN2020 Monthly Meeting/Zoom Call
We wish everyone good health and please stay safe. We continue to move forward with our plans for the UN75 People’s Forum during these challenging times as the global community is dealing with the impact of COVID-19. We will value and appreciate your participation in our UN2020 Monthly meeting.
Date: Tuesday, 31 March 2020
Time: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. EST
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 436 337 946
Agenda and details

Call for Nominations for Election to the Global NGO Executive Committee 2020

The Global NGO Executive Committee, an eighteen-member elected body, represents your interests as Non-Governmental Organizations associated with the United Nations Department of Global Communications. Learn more



You are welcome to join us in supporting the UN75th Anniversary and the UN Sustainable Development Goals & the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda by registering your SDG projects or becoming an SDGIA supporter.
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Global Goals Cast

The NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY is proud to be a Global GoalsCast partner along with the SDG Impact Awards and Montessori Model UN as we announce our collaboration, in support of their podcast initiative that shares inspiring stories of champions achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Your city can help save the world

Measured against history the change has come swiftly. After living in the countryside for thousands of years, humanity is in the midst of an epic move to the city. Co-host Edie Lush points out in this episode that as recently as 200 years ago little more than one person in ten lived in a city. Today, the UN estimates just over half of us live in cities. By 2050 that will be two thirds.

The population is growing and urbanizing at the same time, says Renata Rubian, Adviser on Inclusive Sustainable Growth at the United Nations Development Program. This is why the Global Goals include a goal explicitly focused on creating Sustainable Cities, SDG #11.
Co-host Claudia Romo Edelman notes that other goals, like eradicating poverty or hunger, are easier to understand even if they are challenging to achieve. But given how much of the world will be living in cities we cannot hope to achieve the global goals – from climate to equity, from good health to decent jobs and living standards – without creating sustainable cities.
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DGC Civil Society Unit
Dear Civil Society Colleagues,

In light of the continuing spread of the coronavirus, the UN has stepped up measures to safeguard staff and all those using its offices around the world, while at the same time ensuring that the critical work of the Organization continues to deliver on key mandates, and provide lifesaving support to those in need. 

Please note that the United Nations Headquarters and the Civil Society Resource Centre (801 UN Plaza, 2nd floor, New York) will be closed for visitors and general public until further notice. In addition, all requests for meetings in Resource Centre Conference room will be suspended until further notice. 

The Civil Society Unit, including the Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS) continues to work remotely, and we encourage you to stay in touch with us via email, and on social media: Twitter @UNDGC_CSO, @UNNGLS, @theYouthReps; Facebook @UNDGCCSO, @UNNGLS, @DPINGOYouth

We thank you for your understanding and stay well.

Civil Society Team

Message from UN Security and Safety as of 20 March 2020

In accordance with the ongoing organizational directives to dramatically limit the number of staff members operating on UNHQ premises, and in an effort to lessen the direct contacts of those essential groups who must operate from the campus, the Security and Safety Service has been closely monitoring usage levels, and has noted the dramatic reduction of both the number of persons present, and the usage of admission points. As a result, the following operational adjustments have been implemented:

Pass and ID Office: Until further notice the operating hours of the Pass and ID Office will be 9AM to 12MD on weekdays.
The Pass Office will accept scanned PDF grounds pass applications from applicants who present themselves at the Pass Office. All relevant fields of the grounds pass application must be completed and signed by the Authorized Signatory. It can be digitally or manually signed.

Pedestrian Access 7AM to 6PM weekdays: Pedestrian access to the premises for all category of pass holders will be via the 42nd Street Staff Entrance. At all other times pedestrian access will be via the 43rd Street Main Gate. 

Special Notice: All pass holders are reminded of the requirement to swipe in and out at the point of access to the premises and at the turnstiles.

Upcoming UN High-Level Opportunities for Civil Society Participation  

Stakeholder Opportunities supported by NGLS: Current Status
PGA letter to UN Member Status regarding high-level events

2020 marks the Beijing+25: 25 years since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action of 1995. To commemorate its 25th anniversary, the Multi-Stakeholder Hearing & High-Level Meeting will be held at the UN Headquarters. For representatives of civil society organizations or private sector that are not in consultative status with ECOSOC, first apply for Special-Accreditation to participate in the event!

Event Registration for the 2020 UN Ocean Conference (Lisbon, Portugal June 2-6) is now open until 5 May 2020

Individuals from two categories of organizations (not in consultative status with ECOSOC) may now apply:

1. Organizations that are already approved for Special-Accreditation from the First Round of Special-Accreditation. To check to see if you have received Special-Accreditation from the First Round, check here:

2. Organizations that received Special-Accreditation for certain past qualifying events.
Those past events include:

  • The World Summit on Sustainable Development;
  • The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development;
  • The 2017 high-level United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development;
  • The intergovernmental conference on an internationally legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction;
  • Previous United Nations conferences on sustainable development of small island developing States, held in Barbados, Mauritius and Samoa.

Organizations which fall into either of those two categories may direct their representatives to Register at:

For questions, please email
For more information on accreditation, please click here

Interactive Dialogue of the General Assembly on Harmony With Nature in commemoration of the International Mother Earth Day on 22 April 2020

Pursuant to General Assembly resolution A/RES/74/224, the President of the General Assembly will convene, an Interactive Dialogue on Harmony with Nature on 22 April 2020, commemorating International Mother Earth Day. 

Interested stakeholders including NGOs, academia and private sector are invited to apply for participating in the event.
The deadline for registration is 31 March 2020. Due to the limited number of seats, registration alone for the event will not guarantee approval for your participation.
Apply here

UN-NGLS: Special accreditation guidelines

Did you know?
Organizations that are not in Consultative Status with United Nations ECOSOC may apply for special approval to attend High-Level Events at the UN.
Watch the video below to find out how UN-NGLS now part of UNDGC Civil Society Unit supports the special-accreditation process to facilitate stakeholder’s participation!
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UN DGC Civil Society Website

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