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Pursuant to General Assembly resolutions 73/191 and 74/276, as well as General Assembly decision 74/568, a special session of the General Assembly on challenges and measures to prevent and combat corruption and strengthen international cooperation will be held from 2 to 4 June 2021, at the United Nations Headquarters, in New York.
PARTICIPATION IN THE SPECIAL SESSION
In accordance with General Assembly resolution 74/276, representatives of non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council will be invited to participate in the special session in accordance with the established practice of the General Assembly.
*If you are a representative of an ECOSOC accredited NGO, please contact the NGO Branch of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs for the details.
Furthermore, in accordance with the same resolution, the President of the General Assembly will draw up a list of other relevant representatives of non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, academic institutions and the private sector who may attend the special session, taking into account the principles of transparency and equitable geographical representation, with due regard for the meaningful participation of women, in accordance with the established practice of the General Assembly. The President of the General Assembly will submit the list to Member States for their consideration, in accordance with General Assembly resolution 74/276.
The application for special accreditation is now open until 4 April 2021.
The General Assembly also decided that the plenary meetings shall include statements by Member States, States and regional economic integration organizations parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption, observers to the General Assembly and, time permitting, a limited number of representatives from relevant organizations attending the special session, in line with subparagraphs (d) and (e) of operative paragraph 2 of the resolution 74/276, selected by the President of the General Assembly, in consultation with Member States, with due regard for geographical balance and gender equity.
*In accordance with the established practice of the General Assembly, if there are speakers from other non-governmental organizations that are not in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council, this should be considered by Member States on a non-objection basis.
Please note: the practical arrangements for participation, and the format of the special session will be decided by the General Assembly in due course on the basis of an assessment of the COVID-19 related health conditions, and this information will be available on the websites of the President of the General Assembly and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
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