Modalities of participation for Major Groups
To Pre-register to for the UNCSD Second Preparatory Committee (PrepCom II) that will be held immediately following the IPM, from 7-8 March 2011, preregister for the Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting (IPM) from 28 February to 4 at: http://www.un.org/esa/dsd/dsd_aofw_mg/mg_registration.shtml. This will automatically include pre-registration for the UNCSD PrepCom II. This will assist participants planning to attend both meetings by allowing them to obtain one grounds pass for the duration of both events.

Major group participation in PrepCom II is subject to the rules of participation of the UN Economic and Social Council and is coordinated through sector-specific organising partners (NGO, Women, Business and Industry..). Contact the organizing partners for your sector here

During the three substantive sessions of PrepCom II, major groups will be invited to submit issue slips and raise their flag to request the floor. The number of speakers is at the discretion of the Chair and based on the availability of time. During the closing session, major groups may be invited to participate in an interactive discussion on the expected outcomes and next steps in the preparatory process, and to present factual comments on the outcome document.

A.1. Chronology of entry points
Monday 7 March, Morning
Opening session
10:00 ? 11:00
Conference Room 4

Participation is open to the Chair, the host country and political entities only.

Monday 7 March, Morning
Session 1: Objective of the Conference
11:00 ? 1:00
Conference room 4
Major groups are invited to speak at the discretion of the Chair.

Monday 7 March, Afternoon
Session 2: Theme 1 of the Conference
3:00 ? 6:00
Conference room 4

Major groups are invited to speak at the discretion of the Chair.

Tuesday 8 March, Morning
Session 3: Theme 2 of the Conference
10:00 ? 1:00
Conference room 4

Major groups are invited to speak at the discretion of the Chair.

Tuesday 8 March, Afternoon
Closing session
3:00 ? 6:00
Conference room 4

Major groups may be invited to take a part in the Interactive discussion on the expected outcomes and next steps in the preparatory process, including discussion on the contents/format of the outcome document

Please note that the Concluding session according to the approved Organization of Work states
  • Interactive discussion on the expected outcomes and next steps in the preparatory process, including discussion on the contents/format of the outcome document


How to participate
Registration is required in order to participate. The CSO Net is the online registration system now used for CSD meetings (as well as for other functional commissions under DESA). If registering multiple participants, a designated focal point will be provided with a username and password that can be shared and used by all representatives from a single organization to complete online pre-registration. It is also possible to log in and manage your organization's pre-registration requests in CSO Net, including adding or changing names of representatives and printing or saving confirmation letters for each representative.

After registration, it is important to contact the organizing partner for your sector and join their mailing list to get the latest information about meetings and interventions with your major group. A list of the current organizing partners can be found on the UNDESA Division for Sustainable Development website under the section ?Areas of Work?, and related to Major Groups.

Participation within a multi-stakeholder dialogue is in itself a multi-stakeholder process. Link up with your organizing partner early to coordinate your preparations and assist the UN Secretariat in generating and guiding the engagement of stakeholders for each of the nine major groups.

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