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Provisional Rules of Procedure and Modalities for Participation in Habitat III
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Source: UN General Assembly
12-18-2015


Annex I. Draft provisional rules of procedure of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III)

XI. Other participants and observers

Rule 64. Representatives of local authorities

Representatives of local authorities accredited to the Conference, in accordance with the arrangements set up to that effect in annex II of the present resolution, may participate, without the right to vote, in the deliberations of the Conference, the Main Committee and, as appropriate, any other committee or working group, on questions within the scope of their activities.

Rule 65. Representatives of non-governmental organizations

1. Non-governmental organizations accredited to participate in the Conference may designate representatives to attend public meetings of the Conference and t he Main Committee as observers. 2. Upon the invitation of the presiding officer of the body concerned and subject to the approval of the Conference, such observers may make oral statements on questions in which they have special competence. If the number of requests to speak is too large, the non-governmental organizations shall be requested to form themselves into constituencies, such constituencies to speak through spokespersons.

Annex II Arrangements for accreditation and participation of major groups and other relevant stakeholders in the preparatory process and in the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III)

II. Accreditation criteria and procedures for organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council

5. Interested non-governmental organizations and major groups, including local authorities and other stakeholders, whose work is relevant to the subject of the Conference, that are currently in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council and that wish to participate in the Conference or in sessions of its Preparatory Committee should pre-register on the website of the Conference (www.habitat3.org).

III. Accreditation criteria for organizations accredited to Habitat II and the United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda

6. Organizations accredited to Habitat II and the United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda, whose work is relevant to the subject of the Conference and that wish to participate in the Conference or in sessions of its Preparatory Committee, should pre-register on the website of the Conference (www.habitat3.org).

IV. Accreditation criteria and procedures for organizations without consultative status with the Economic and Social Council

10. The deadlines for submitting accreditation applications are as follows:

(a) Preparatory Committee, third session: 1 April 2016;

(b) Habitat III: 2 May 2016

V. Modalities for participation in the preparatory process and the Conference

15. Accredited organizations will have direct access to the official Conference venue. For security and safety reasons, on some days of the Conference a limit on the number of major group participants may need to be established. The Conference secretariat will inform the major groups regarding these arrangements through the Conference website. 16. A small but representative number of participants from major groups will be invited to address the Conference in plenary meetings. Individual speakers will be identified through the self-organized mechanisms of the major groups, in coordination with the President of the Conference, through the Conference secretariat.

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