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2007 Spring Meetings General Information

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 Spring Meetings 2007 Logo  The 2007 Spring Meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund will be held over the weekend of April 14-15 at the World Bank and IMF Headquarters in Washington, D.C.  As in previous years, a Program of Policy Dialogues for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) will be organized between April 12 – 16, 2007.

Accreditation (Online registration closed on March 23, 2007)
Civil Society Participation in Spring Meetings
Development Committee Agenda and Documents
World Bank and IMF Buildings
Registration and Badge pick-up
Civil Society Policy Forum 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: March 23, 2007


  Accreditation:

The online registration system to accept applications for civil society accreditation  opened on February 15, 2007 and close on March 23, 2007. To check the status of your request for CSO accreditation to attend the 2007 Spring Meetings, please click here.

All CSO requests for accreditation are first reviewed by the External Affairs Department of the Bank (EXT) and the External Relations Department of the Fund (EXR).  EXT/EXR will then forward the individual applications for accreditation to the respective Executive Director's office (based on the country from which the request originated), for clearance. The Executive Directors have 8 working days to approve or reject the requests for accreditation. At the end of this process, the participant will be notified by the Civil Society Team (EXT/EXR) of the final 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 but please note that each application for accreditation only applies to the individual who submits the information.

Accredited individuals will be issued a color-coded badge that will entitle them access to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund buildings where the Civil Society Forum sessions will be held.  Spring Meetings participant badges will be valid for admission to all Bank and Fund buildings from Monday, April 9 - Friday, April 20.

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Civil Society Participation in Spring Meetings

The Spring Meetings are generally held on a smaller scale than the Annual Meetings in the Fall.  Accredited CSOs will be able to participate in the Civil Society Forum.

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.

2007 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

Please check back for updates on the provisional agenda of the Development Committee as well as the documents to be discussed.

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World Bank and IMF Buildings

The Civil Society Forum Dialogue Sessions will be held from Thursday, April 12 through Monday, April 16 at the Bank's Main Complex Building (1818 H Street, NW) on the C1 level in rooms MCC1-100 and MCC1-110. Press events will be heldat the Press Room located in the HQ1 building of the International Monetary Fund (700 19th Street, NW).

Please check our website regularly for updates on the Civil Society Forum Dialogue Sessions.

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Registration and Badge pick-up

The Spring Meetings Registration office and badge pick-up will be located in the World Bank H building (600 19th Street, NW) and will be open for the duration of the Meetings from Monday, April 9 through Sunday, April 15.

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  Civil Society Policy Forum and other events open to CSOs

The WBG and IMF Civil Society Teams are in the process of organizing the Civil Society Policy Forum during the 2007 Spring Meetings. The Forum comprises of a series of policy dialogue sessions which bring together Bank and Fund staff, CSO representatives, government officials, and others to discuss important issues being addressed during the 2007 Spring Meetings.   All accredited CSO representatives are welcome to attend the sessions which will be held at the Bank’s Main Complex Building during Thursday, April 12 - Monday, April 16, 2007.

Please check our website for regular updates on the Civil Society Policy Forum schedule.

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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 12, through Monday, April 16.  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 a limited number of computers, printers, a copier and a live feed from the press conference room.  All communiqués and other press releases, once public and made available to the journalists, will also be distributed in that space.

At the World Bank Main Complex building (1818 H Street NW), CSOs will be able to access the space located on the C1 level. The Civil Society Forum Dialogue sessions, organized by CSOs and World Bank/IMF staff, will be held in the two (2) adjacent conference rooms (MC C1-100 and MC C1-110) on that level. There will be wireless internet connection in that space, a photocopier, as well as two (2) smaller meeting rooms for CSO use.

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  Access to press conferences/contacts with journalists

Accreditation does not grant CSOs access to the official press conferences, but accredited CSOs will be able to follow the press events via a live TV feed located in the CSO working space next to the press room. IMF/WB civil society team staff will distribute IMF/WB press releases, official communiqués, reports and other public documents on the tables in the CSO Centre as they become available.

CSOs will be able to access the press room, but leafleting is prohibited. CSOs may discreetly hand out materials to interested journalists, and a table for CSO materials will be provided in the Press Room. CSO or other materials that are placed on IMF or World Bank publication tables will be discarded. The IMF/WB civil society team staffs can also facilitate CSO contacts with journalists upon request.

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  Visa

The IMF and the World Bank do not assist in the visa application process.  We are, however, able to issue you a letter confirming your accreditation status once you have received your accreditation, to facilitate the visa application process.  To request for a letter of confirmation, please contact us via 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 do not provide transportation services to and from the airport(s) for CSOs participating in the Spring Meetings. We suggest that you refer to the websites of the respective local airports (see below) for 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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