Civil society can play a vital role in representing and giving voice to the needs and aspirations of ordinary people in the Landlocked Developing Countries. With its community-level presence, civil society is able to bring the experiences, concerns and priorities of ordinary citizens to the policy making process. Similarly, it is well placed to sensitize people about government policies and the opportunities they entail. It plays an important role in mobilizing and empowering the population to participate in the development process.
General Assembly Resolution 68/270 stressed that while recognizing the intergovernmental nature of the Second UN Conference on LLDCs, the importance of the effective participation of all relevant stakeholders, including civil society and the private sector, in the Conference and its preparatory processes as well as in the interactive thematic round tables and side events during the Conference.
The GA decided that the major groups and the non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council, as well as those that were accredited to the International Ministerial Conference of Landlocked and Transit Developing Countries and Donor Countries and International Financial and Development Institutions on Transit Transport Cooperation and to the high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the midterm review of the Almaty Programme of Action, must register in order to participate.
The GA also decided that NGOs not in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council wishing to attend and contribute to the Conference, and whose work is relevant to the subject of the Conference, may participate as observers in the Conference as well as in the preparatory meetings, in accordance with the provisions contained in part VII of Council resolution 1996/31 of 25 July 1996, and subject to the approval of the Preparatory Committee in plenary meeting, and that, while respecting fully the provisions contained in rule 57 of the rules of procedure of the functional commissions of the Council, such a decision should be made by consensus.
Representatives from civil society organizations wishing to attend the Conference are invited to register with the UN-OHRLLS. Participants are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and on site transportation arrangements.
The following information is necessary for civil society representatives that wish to be accredited to participate in the Conference: (1) Name (as it appears in the passport or official identity document), (2) Functional title, (3) Affiliation and (4) Individual email address.
All the pre-accredited representatives from the civil society organisations will receive an automatic e-mail response confirming their registration. The automatic e-mail response will also contain a link to where each representative may upload a passport-size colour photograph (in JPEG file format). All photographs must be recent and taken not more than six months prior to the Conference. Conference passes will be issued to all pre-accredited representatives of the civil society organisations starting on Friday, 31st October 2014, at the United Nations Office in Vienna Security Pass Office – Gate 1.
The opening schedule will be as follows: Friday, 31st October from 12 pm (noon) to 4 pm; Sunday, 2 November from 10 am to 6 pm and on Monday 3 November from 8 am to 4 pm.