Frequently Asked Questions

What is the NGO CSW Forum?

The NGO CSW Forum is the civil society side of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The Forum runs parallel to the official CSW session taking place at the UN Headquarters. This provides civil society the opportunity to engage in the processes and CSW sessions without ECOSOC-accreditation or a UN grounds pass (both of which are needed to attend the CSW).

Over the two weeks of the UN CSW, NGO CSW/NY organizes hundreds of events that inform, engage and inspire grassroots efforts and advocacy needed to empower women and girls. Some of the events that we host are Consultation Day, Orientation & Advocacy Training, Regional Caucuses, Conversation Circles, and Parallel Events organized by CSOs around the globe.

What is the UN CSW?

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principle global intergovernmental body dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

During the two-week session, UN entities, Member States, and civil society discuss issues pertaining to women, girls, and gender equality. The Commission assesses progress and gaps in the implementation of global women's rights documents like the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA), as well as issues happening on the regional, national, and local levels.

Each year, the Commission focuses on specific themes related to gender equality, known as the 'priority' and 'review' themes. The CSW66 themes are:

Priority theme: Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programmes;

Review theme: Women's economic empowerment in the changing world of work (agreed conclusions of the sixty-first session)

For more information about the CSW, visit UN Women's website.

What is the difference between the two?

The NGO CSW Forum is totally separate from the official UN Commission on the Status of Women session. Below are some important distinctions between the two events.


- Organized by NGO CSW/NY (a civil society organization)

- Civil society forum (not part of the formal UN system)

- Do not need to be ECOSOC-accredited to attend

- Has Parallel Events hosted by civil society


- Organized by UN Women (a UN agency)

- Official United Nations Commission

- Must be ECOSOC-accredited to attend

- Has Side Events hosted by Member States, UN agencies, and ECOSOC-accredited NGOs

How do I register for NGO CSW66?

Registration is open for the NGO CSW66 Forum! Follow the below steps to register for the Forum and access our Virtual Portal!

1. Go to this link and click "Register for an account."

2. Continue to fill out the form.

3. You'll receive an email with a link to create your account on our Virtual Portal.

4. Create your profile on the Virtual Portal. Please note that you will need to create a new login. Your login information from the registration page will not work on the Virtual Portal.

5. Watch the Participant Tutorial video for step-by-step instructions on registering.