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2005 Annual Meetings

About the 2005 Annual Meetings
Civil Society participation in Annual Meetings
Accreditation process
Policy Dialogues and other events open to CSOs
Program of Seminars
CSO meeting rooms/work spaces at the Annual Meetings
Access to press conferences/contacts with journalists
Visa
World Bank Buildings and Auditoriums
Transportation from and to the airport(s)


About the 2005 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 2005 Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors, along with related meetings and events, took place in Washington, D.C. on September 24-25, 2005.

In recent years, the Annual Meetings have been preceded by meetings of the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC), the Development Committee (DC), 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.  These documents are public and posted on the World Bank and IMF's websites.

2005 Annual Meetings website
2005 DC meeting: About the DC  Final Communique  Documents discussed
2005 IMFC meeting: Agenda  Final Communique  Documents discussed

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Civil Society Participation in Annual Meetings
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, dialogues and press events are held in conjunction with the Meetings, including seminars conducted by staff members for members of civil society or the press. All participants in the Annual Meetings, including CSOs need to be accredited to attend the Meetings.  The CSO badge enables CSOs to participate in policy dialogues, Program of Seminars sessions, press events as well as some Annual Meetings sessions. More

IMFC and Development Committee
Accreditation to the Annual Meetings does not entitle participants to attendance at the International Monetary and Finance Committee (IMFC) nor the Development Committee (DC). Only member country delegates have access to these meetings.  Background papers, statements by official delegates, and communiqués will be made available in the CSO room as soon as they are released.

Annual Meetings
CSOs, as all other Visitors, will not be able to attend the opening session of the Annual Meetings (it was televised throughout the Bank/IMF buildings) but were be be able to attend the plenary session on Sunday.

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Accreditation process:

How does the accreditation process work for Civil Society Organizations?
The Boards of the IMF and the World Bank approved a new accreditation process for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in April 2005.  All requests are now being reviewed by the External Affairs Department of the Bank (EXT) and the External Relations Department of the Fund (EXR).  EXT sent the names of individuals who have applied for accreditation to the Executive Director's office representing the country from which the request originated, indicating whether each individual has been cleared or denied clearance. In the absence of any objection from the Executive Director, the decision was deemed approved on a lapse-of-time basis after eight working days.

What are the criteria for accrediting CSOs to the Meetings?
We accredit CSOs that engage with the Bank and the Fund on a broad range of development operations and in policy dialogue at the local, national and global level. There is no limit to the number of members of any organization who can request accreditation.

How do I submit my accreditation request?
New online registration system opened on July 25 and closed on September 5th.

What does the accreditation entitle me to?
Accredited individuals were issued a color-coded badge that will entitled them to access the Meetings venue during the week of the Meetings (Monday, September 19 - Sunday, September 25).

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Policy Dialogues and other events open to CSOs
As during past Annual Meetings, a number of dialogues for interested CSOs were organized during the week of Annual Meetings.  These dialogues listed formally as Civil Society Policy Dialogue Program - were held between Tuesday, September 20 and Saturday, September 24, 2005.  On Thursday and Friday, September 22-23, all accredited CSOs were encouraged to participate in the Program of Seminars sessions, open free-of-charge to all CSO participants in the Annual Meetings.  All sessions were held in english with no interpretation into other languages (accept for the TownHall meeting).

Civil Society Policy Dialogue Program
All events open to CSOs (including policy dialogues)

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Program of Seminars
The 2005 Program of Seminars was held over two days, September 22nd and 23rd.  All CSOs accredited to the Annual Meetings had free access to all sessions during both days of the Program of Seminars.  To see the program of seminars and related information, please click here:
http://worldbank.org/pos/
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Civil Society Meeting Rooms/Work Spaces at the Annual Meetings
As in previous years, CSO representatives accredited to the Annual Meetings had at their disposal two meeting spaces in the IMF and WB buildings available from Monday, September 19, through Sunday, September 25.  CSOs had a meeting space (room B-615) in the IMF building for meetings with journalists, CSO press conferences etc. It was equipped with work stations and a live feed from the press conference room.  All communiqués and other press releases as soon as they became public and available to journalists, were distributed in that space.  All accredited CSOs were able to sit in on press conferences on a space available basis. At the World Bank main building, CSOs had a number of smaller meeting spaces equipped with computers, printers, copiers and phones.  An adjasent big conference room was used for the Policy Dialogue Sessions organized jointly by the WB/IMF Civil Society Teams in coordination with other teams and CSOs. The space was located at C1 level of the Main Complex Building (1818 H Street, NW).

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Access to press conferences/contacts with journalists
Accreditation did not grant access to the press room where the press conferences are held. There was a working space for CSOs next to the press room. A limited number of seats, on a first-come, first-served basis, was reserved for CSOs, press numbers permitting. CSOs were signing up for the press conferences, and when demand was high, they were asked that organizations be represented at the press conferences by one of their members only. A live feed let others view the press conferences in the CSO room.

CSOs were able to hold their own press conferences in that space on a first come/first served basis.  The IMF/WB civil society team staffs facilitated CSO contacts with journalists upon request. Leafleting by CSOs inside the press room or press conference areas was not allowed.

IMF/WB civil society team staff distributed all WB/IMF press releases, G-8 communiqués, etc. on the tables in front of that room, as well as in the World Bank civil society area, as they became available.

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Visa Requirements
The IMF and the World Bank did not assist in the visa process.

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World Bank Buildings
The policy dialogues, press events, Program of Seminars sessions as well as other Annual Meetings related events were held at various World Bank and/or International Monetary Fund buildings.  Map of World Bank Buildings and Auditoriums.

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Transportation from and to the airport(s)
The World Bank and/or the International Monetary Fund did not provide transportation services from and to the airport(s) for CSOs participating in the Annual Meetings.  Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

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