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Annual Meetings 2003

As of September 5, 2003

About the Annual Meetings
About the Dialogues with Civil Society Organizations
Schedule of Dialogues with CSOs at 2003 Annual Meetings
Accreditation and Registration
Accreditation for NGO Press
Visa and Hotel Information



About the Annual Meetings

The Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group (Bank) and the Board of Governors of the International Monetary Fund (Fund) normally meet once a year to discuss the work of their respective institutions.The 2003 Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund and related activities will be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates during the week of September 19-24, 2003. 

In recent years, the Annual Meetings have been preceded by meetings of the International Monetary and Financial Committee, the Development Committee, the Group of Ten, the Group of Twenty-Four, and various other groups of members. At the conclusion of their meetings, the International Monetary and Financial Committee and the Development Committee, as well as several other groups, issue communiqués.

About the Dialogues with Civil Society Organizations

Because the Annual Meetings bring such a large number of member country officials together, they provide opportunities for consultations large and small, formal and informal. Numerous seminars are held in conjunction with the meetings, including seminars conducted by staff members for members of civil society or the press. 

The Annual Meetings Program of Seminars is designed to foster substantive dialogue among the private sector, government delegates, representatives of civil society, and senior World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund officials.  The Program includes roundtable discussions, seminars, and country briefings. In order to attend the Program of Seminars you have to complete and return the registration form which is available at the Program of Seminars website.


In an effort to address the major development challenges and in response to requests coming from civil society, a number of policy dialogues sessions for interested CSO representatives will be organized around the Annual Meetings, during the week of the September 19-24, 2003. 

These dialogues will cover a variety of topics: the role of young people in the area of peace and development, cultural dimension of gender and empowerment through technology, the role of free press in democratic societies, labor standards, social accountability and human rights, World Bank's inspection and compliance mechanisms, and many others.


Accreditation and Registration

Representatives of civil society organizations, as all Visitors, must apply for accreditation in order to gain access to the Annual Meetings venues and related events. 

Accreditation for NGO Press

Non-governmental organizations will be allowed at the discretion of the World Bank Group and IMF to secure one, non-transferable NGO Press credential per organization. NGO Press credentials can be applied for via the online press registration system.


Visa and Hotel Information

As soon as you submit your request for accreditation to the World Bank, you should finalize your hotel and visa arrangements.  Please note that Hotel and Visa applications must be processed online and should be submitted immediately following your accreditation application due to limited accommodations and delays that may occur in processing visas.

Visa information and Hotel registration are available via the United Arab Emirates government's Annual Meetings' website. All necessary forms and documents are available in Adobe Acrobat format (PDF).

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