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2006 Spring Meetings

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Spring Meetings 2006 logo smallThe 2006 Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank will be held over the weekend of April 22-23 at the Bank's and Fund’s Headquarters in Washington, D.C.  As in previous years, a Program of Policy Dialogues for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) will be organized between April 20-24.

Accreditation 
Civil Society participation in Spring Meetings
Development Committee Agenda and Documents
World Bank and IMF Buildings
Badge pick-up
Policy Dialogues and other events open to CSOs
CSO meeting rooms/work spaces at the Spring Meetings
Access to press conferences/contacts with journalists
Visa
Transportation from and to the airport(s)

Last updated: April 24


Accreditation process:
New online registration system opened on March 1 and closed on March 31, 2006. 

All CSO requests for accreditation were initially reviewed by the External Affairs Department of the Bank (EXT) and the External Relations Department of the Fund (EXR).  EXT/EXR then sent the names of individuals who had applied for accreditation to the Executive Director's office representing the country from which the request originated, for clearance. The Executive Director had 8 working days to approve or reject the request. At that time the participant was notified of the decision.

The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund accredit CSOs that engage with the Bank and the Fund on a broad range of development operations and in policy dialogues at the local, national, and global level. There is no limit to the number of members of any organization who can request accreditation.

Accredited individuals will be issued a color-coded badge that will entitle them to access the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund buildings where the Program of CSO Dialogues sessions will be held.  The badges will be valid from Monday, April 17 - Friday, April 28.

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Civil Society Participation in Spring Meetings
Spring Meetings are smaller in scale than the Annual Meetings, held in the Fall.  Accredited CSOs will be able to participate in the Program of Policy Dialogues as well as press events (limited seating will be available).

IMFC and Development Committee
Accreditation to the Spring 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.

Communiqué of the International Monetary and Financial Committee of the Board of Governors of the International Monetary Fund, April 22, 2006

2006 Spring Meetings official website

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Development Committee Agenda and Documents
The Development Committee's mandate is to advise the Boards of Governors of the Bank and the Fund on critical development issues and on the financial resources required to promote economic development in developing countries.  The DC meets twice a year; in the spring in tandem with the International Monetary and Financial Committee, and in the fall before the Bank-Fund Annual Meetings. The agenda for the meetings is based on issues recommended by the Chairman, the President of the Bank, the Managing Director of the Fund, and the Executive Boards of the Bank and Fund. More about the DC

The provisional Agenda of the Development Committee Meeting on Sunday, April 23.

Documents to be discussed:

Spring 2006 Development Committee Communiqué, April 23, 2006 (English, French, Spanish)

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World Bank and IMF Buildings
The CSO Policy Dialogues will be held from Thrusday, April 20 through Monday, April 24 at the Bank's Main Complex Building (1818 H Street, NW) on the C1 level in rooms MCC1-100 and MCC1-110.  All press events will be held at the Press Room located in the HQ1 builiding of the International Monetary Fund (700 19th Street, NW).

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Badge pick-up
The Spring Meetings Registration office and badge pick-up will be located in the Bank's H building (600-19th Street, NW) and will be open for the duration of the Meetings - from Monday, April 17 through Sunday, April 23.

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Policy Dialogues and other events open to CSOs
Some 15 policy discussions for interested CSOs will be organized during the week of Spring Meetings.  These dialogues listed formally as Civil Society Policy Dialogue Program - will be held between Thursday, April 20 and Monday, April 24, 2006.  All sessions will be held in English with no interpretation into other languages (accept for the Briefing Session with World Bank Senior Managers on Sunday evening for which interpretation will be provided).

Civil Society Policy Dialogue program - Final

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Civil Society Meeting Rooms/Work Spaces at the Spring Meetings
CSO representatives accredited to the Spring Meetings will have at their disposal two meeting spaces in the IMF and WB buildings available from Thursday, April 20, through Monday, April 24.  CSOs will have a meeting space (room B-615) in the IMF building for meetings with journalists, CSO press conferences etc. It will be equipped with computers/printers/copier 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, will be distributed in that space.  All accredited CSOs will be able to sit in on press conferences (limited seating will be available).

At the World Bank main building, CSOs will have a number of smaller meeting spaces with access to the external web.  Two adjacent conference rooms (MC C1-100 and MC C1-110) will be used for the Policy Dialogue Sessions organized by CSOs or by various WB/IMF teams. The space will be 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 does not grant CSOs direct access to the press room where the press conferences are held. There will be a working space for CSOs next to the press room. A limited number of seats in the press room, on a first-come, first-served basis, will be reserved for CSOs, press numbers permitting during the press events. CSOs will need to sign up for individual press conferences, and when demand will be high, they will be asked that organizations be represented at the press conferences by one of their members only. A live feed will allow others to view press conferences in the CSO room.

The IMF/WB civil society team staffs will facilitate CSO contacts with journalists upon request. Leafleting by CSOs inside the press room or press conference areas will not allowed.

IMF/WB civil society team staff will distribute all WB/IMF press releases, and other public documents on the tables in front of that room, as well as in the World Bank civil society area, as they become available.

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Visa
The IMF and the World Bank do not assist in the visa process.  We are, nonetheless, willing  to issue you a letter confirming your accreditation status and send it to you, in case this facilitates your visa request process.  Should you need one, please send us an email at: civilsociety@worldbank.org.

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Transportation from and to the airport(s)
The World Bank and/or the International Monetary Fund does not provide transportation services from and to the airport(s) for CSOs participating in the Spring Meetings. We suggest that you contact the websites of the respective local airports (see below) to find out the form of transportation you prefer (i.e. bus, metro, taxi).  Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

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If you have any questions, please contact us by email at: civilsociety@worldbank.org or ngoliaison@imf.org, by phone: (1-202) 473-1840, or by fax: (1-202) 522-7131.




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