! The Accreditation window for the ninth OEWG session is now closed.
What are the benefits of Accreditation?
All NGOs with an interest in older people’s rights can accredit to the OEWG process. Accreditation gives your organisation official standing in the OEWG process, which could be influential in your national level advocacy. If your organisation is accredited you will be able to respond to the UN calls for submissions and other consultation opportunities related to the process. Even if you are unable to attend the OEWG meetings in New York, you can still submit documentation that will be displayed on the official OEWG website.
New NGO Accreditations are read out and approved at the beginning of each OEWG meeting in New York and this sends an important signal to Member States of the growing civil society interest and engagement in this debate.
How can my organisation apply?
It is free to apply for OEWG Accreditation. You will be asked to complete an online survey, upload some documents about your organisation, and set up an online profile. UN Member States will then approve all new applications.
More information about how NGOs can apply for Accreditation is available on the UN website: https://social.un.org/ageing-working-group/ngos-ninthsession.shtml.
What if my organisation is already accredited?
If your organisation already has OEWG Accreditation and you wish to register for the ninth OEWG session, then you will still need to pre-register. Pre-registration is now open for the ninth session via a new online platform: https://reg.unog.ch/event/24538/registration/. The deadline for pre-registration for the ninth OEWG session is 11th July 2018.