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2007 Annual Meetings

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 AMs 2007 logo - small  The 2007 Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund will be held over the weekend of October 20 - 22 at the World Bank and IMF Headquarters in Washington, D.C.  As in previous years, the Civil Society Policy Forum, a program of policy dialogues for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) will be organized on October 18 – 22, 2007.

About the Annual Meetings 
IMFC and Development Committee
Program of Seminars
World Bank and IMF Buildings
Civil Society Participation in Annual Meetings
Registration and Badge Pick-up
Civil Society Policy Forum
CSO Meeting Rooms
Access to the Press
Transportation From / To Airport(s)

Final version

About the 2007 Annual Meetings
The Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group and the Board of Governors of the International Monetary Fund normally meet once a year to discuss the work of their respective institutions. The 2007 Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors, along with related meetings and events, took place in Washington, D.C. on October 20-22, 2007.

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 IMFC 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.

For more information on the 2007 Annual Meetings, please refer to the official Annual Meetings website.


Accreditation process

The online registration system to accept applications for civil society accreditation opened on August 1, 2007 and closed on September 21, 2007.

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 public sessions of the Annual Meetings and the Civil Society Policy Forum sessions will be held. Annual Meetings participant badges will be valid for admission to all Bank and Fund buildings from Monday, October 15 till the close of the Meetings (October 22).


Civil Society Participation in Annual Meetings

Accredited CSOs will be able to participate in the Civil Society Policy Forum.

IMFC and Development Committee
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 IMFC has the responsibility of advising, and reporting to, the Board of Governors of the IMF on matters relating to the Board of Governors' functions in supervising the management and adaptation of the international monetary and financial system. Both committees meet twice a year in the spring (Spring Meetings); and in the fall before the Bank-Fund Annual Meetings. CSO accreditation does not entitle participants to attendance at the International Monetary and Finance Committee (IMFC) nor the Development Committee (DC), as 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. The agenda for the DC and IMFC meetings is based on issues recommended by the Chairmen, the President of the Bank (DC-only), the Managing Director of the Fund, and the Executive Boards of the Bank and Fund (Fund-only for IMFC). Please check back for updates on the provisional agenda of the IMFC and Development Committee as well as the documents to be discussed.

2007 Annual Meetings official website    More about the DC   More about the IMFC


World Bank and IMF Buildings

The Civil Society Policy Forum sessions were held from Thursday, October 18 through Monday, October 22 at the Bank's Main Complex Building (1818 H Street, NW) on the C1 level in rooms MCC1-100 and MCC1-110. The CSO press room was located in B-615 on the blue level (2L) in the HQ1 building of the International Monetary Fund (700 19th Street, NW), right next to the main press room.


Registration and Badge pick-up

Registration and badge pick-up for the Annual Meetings was set up at the World Bank's H Building (600 19th Street N.W.) starting on Monday, October 15 through the close of the Meetings. Annual Meetings participant badges were valid for admission to all Bank and Fund buildings from Monday, October 15 through the close of the Meetings.


Civil Society Policy Forum and other events open to CSOs

Some 20-30 policy dialogue discussions for interested CSOs were organized, by CSOs, IMF/WB staff, or jointly, during the week of Annual Meetings.  These dialogues listed formally as Civil Society Policy Forum - were held between Thursday, October 18 and Monday, October 22, 2007. 


Program of Seminars

The 2007 Program of Seminars was held on Friday, October 19th.  All CSOs accredited to the Annual Meetings had free access to all sessions of the Program of Seminars.  For more information on the program of seminars, please click here:


Civil Society Meeting Rooms/Work Spaces at the Annual Meetings

CSO representatives accredited to the Annual Meetings had at their disposal two meeting spaces in the IMF and WB buildings.  CSOs had a meeting space (room B-615) in the IMF building for meetings with journalists, CSO press conferences etc. It was 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, were also be distributed in that space. 

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


Access to press conferences/contacts with journalists

Accreditation grants CSOs access to the Press Room, but not to the press conferences. Accredited CSOs, however, were able to follow the press events via a live TV feed located in the CSO working space (CSO  room) next to the main Press Room.  IMF/WB civil society team staff distributed IMF/WB press releases, official communiqués, reports and other public documents on the tables in the CSO Centre as they became available.

The IMF/WB civil society team staffs facilitated CSO contacts with journalists upon request.  CSOs were also able to hold press conferences for the media in the CSO room.  While leafleting by CSOs in the Press Room is prohibited, at the request of journalists, CSOs were able to discreetly hand out materials to interested journalists.  A table for CSO materials was provided in the Press Room.   



The IMF and the World Bank do not assist in the visa application process.  We are, however, able to issue a letter confirming your accreditation status once you have received your accreditation, to facilitate the visa application process. 


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 Annual 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


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

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