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January 2002

Dear Friends,

We hope this finds you well.  We are writing to share what we have learned about the upcoming Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) Session, which will be held from March 4-15, 2002 at the UN Headquarters in New York.

Many of you may have already received a letter about the accreditation process for the CSW from the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW).  The DAW has asked NGOs to provide a pre-registration form listing their representatives to the Division no later than Tuesday, 15 January 2002.   It is important to note that NGOs may not forward additional representatives after this date and that the substitution of names of representatives after Thursday, 31 January 2002 will not be allowed.  If you are interested in attending the CSW, but have not received an invitation letter and do not belong to an organization that receives the invitation letters (i.e an ECOSOC accredited NGO or an NGO that was accredited for Beijing or Beijing +5), please e-mail Lisa Clarke This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible, and we will include you on the list of names we will send to the DAW for accreditation.  If you are planning to attend the CSW, but do not need help seeking accreditation, please let Lisa know as soon as you learn of your plans.

The DAW has said that in light of recent events, there will be extra security at the United Nations during the CSW (as there has been since September 11).   At present, no decision has been made about limiting the number of NGOs who can participate at the CSW but the DAW has said that NGOs must adhere to the deadlines and no exceptions will be made.
The upcoming CSW will consider the following two thematic issues:

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Eradicating poverty, including through the empowerment of women throughout their life cycle in a globalizing world; and
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Environmental management and mitigation of natural disasters: a gender perspective.

As in the past, the DAW has organized expert group meetings addressing the thematic issues.  The final report from the Expert Group Meeting that was held in Ankara, Turkey from 6 - 9 November 2001 on "Environmental management and the mitigation of natural disasters: a gender perspective" is available at the DAW website at http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/env_manage/index.html.  The report from the Expert Group Meeting on "Eradicating poverty, including through the empowerment of women throughout their life cycle in a globalizing world" is not yet available.  We will send that on to you as soon as it becomes available.

The NGO Committee on the Status of Women in New York has prepared an activities list regarding some of the NGO and official UN plans for the upcoming CSW (http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/csw46/pre_org.html).  For those who have participated in previous CSW sessions, you will see a change in the sequence of activities.  The first week will be comprised mainly of panels, a discussion of the Secretary General's report, discussions around the Communications Mechanism, and International Women's Day celebrations. During the second week, informal consultations developing agreed conclusions or resolutions concerning the thematic issues and possibly other topics will be held.  The NGO Committee on the Status of Women in New York Informational Note has more information about NGO participation during the official UN activities and NGO sponsored side events.

The DAW has created a special e-mail address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for questions concerning CSW 2002, For those interested in the final report of the 45th CSW Session, you can access that document at http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/e2001-27.pdf.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Warm regards,

Center for Women's Global Leadership

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