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Civil Society Participation at the 2008 Annual Meetings

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Annual Meetings 2008 TextThe 2008 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank will be held over the weekend of October 11 - 13 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 9 – 13, 2008.

Accreditation (online registration  closed on September 21 )
About the Annual Meetings
Civil Society Policy Forum and Other Events for CSOs
Program of Seminars
Registration and Badge Pick-up
Civil Society Meeting / Work Spaces
Access to Media / Contact with Journalists
Visas
Transportation From / To Airports


Accreditation Process for Civil Society Representatives

The online registration system to accept applications for civil society accreditation opened on August 5, 2008 and closed on September 21, 2008. For more information, please contact civilsociety@worldbank.org or call (202) 473-1840.

The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund accredit CSOs that are involved in international development policy dialogue or other issues relevant to the work of the World Bank and the IMF and/or engage the Bank and the Fund on a broad range of operations at the local, national, and global level. There is no limit to the number of applicants from a single organization, but each applicant has to apply individually.    

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 forwards 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 review 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. As the process can take upto 21 days, please apply early to give yourself enough time to make travel arrangements.

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About the 2008 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.

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 2008 Annual Meetings, please refer to the official websites:

 Annual Meetings website.    More about the DC   More about the IMFC

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Civil Society Policy Forum and Other Events for CSOs

The World Bank and Fund Civil Society Teams will be organizing, as in previous years, a Civil Society Policy Forum which is geared to promoting substantive dialogue and exchange of views between Bank/Fund staff , civil society representatives, government officials, academics, and others. The sessions are organized individually or jointly by the Bank, Fund, and CSOs and focus on such issues as food crisis, governance, trade, debt, and health.  The CS Forum will be held at the Bank’s Main Complex Building from October 9 – 13 and is expected to comprise of over 25 sessions. View sessions.

 

CSOs will be able to attend a ‘Townhall meeting’ with senior World Bank and IMF officials on the policy agenda of the Annual Meetings and other topics of interest.   CSOs will also be able to follow via video link the official plenary sessions and press conferences.  Finally, CSOs can schedule meetings with Bank/Fund staff and Executive Directors, as well as network with other civil society representatives from throughout the world.

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Program of Seminars

CSOs will be able to participate in the 2008 Program of Seminars will be held on Friday, October 10th.  The Program comprises panels with high-level Bank, Fund, government, academic, and CSO representatives.  This year’s theme will be the global impacts of the ‘food and fuel’ crisis and how to address them.  For more information on the Program of Seminars, please click here: http://worldbank.org/pos/.

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Registration and Badge Pick-up

Registration and badge pick-up for the Annual Meetings will be set up at the World Bank's H Building (600 19th Street N.W.) starting on Monday, October 6 through the close of the Meetings on October 13.  Please use the auditorium entrance on G street.  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.


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Civil Society Meeting Rooms / Work Spaces

CSO representatives accredited to the Annual Meetings will have at their disposal two meeting spaces in the IMF and WB buildings.  CSOs will have a CSO Room (B-615) in the HQ1 building of the International Monetary Fund (700 19th Street, NW), for meetings with journalists, CSO press conferences etc. It will be equipped with several computers, printers, a copier and a live feed from the press conference room.  All communiqués and other press releases will be distributed in that space. 

At the World Bank Main Complex building (1818 H Street NW), CSOs will have at their disposal a CSO Space located on the C1 level. The Civil Society Policy Forum Dialogue sessions, will be held in two (2) adjacent conference rooms (MC C1-100 and MC C1-110) on that level. There will several computers, wireless internet connection, a copier, as well as smaller meeting rooms for CSO use (MCC1-107, MCC1-109, MCC1-110).

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Access to Media   / Contacts with Journalists

CSOs are allowed ample access to the media during the Annual Meetings.  They have access to the Press Room and can hold press conferences in the CSO Room.  In order to be considerate of the journalist’s work space and independence, leafleting is prohibited in the press room. CSOs may discreetly hand out materials to interested journalists and a table for CSO materials will be provided in the Press Room.  While CSO representatives are not allowed in official press conferences, they will be able to follow the press events via a live TV feed located in the CSO Room next to the Press Room. 

CSOs can also schedule press conferences in the CSO Room on a sign-up basis.  The IMF/WB Civil Society Team staff will place all WB/IMF statements, press releases, etc. on the tables in front of the CSO Room in the IMF, as well as in the World Bank’s CSO Center as they become available

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Visas

The IMF and the World Bank do not assist in the application process for a visa to enter the United States.  We are, however, able to issue a letter confirming your accreditation status once you have received your accreditation, to facilitate with the visa application process.   For those requiring a visa to enter the United State, we suggest that you request accreditation as soon as possible, since several applicants have reported delays in the visa processing period in the past few years.

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Transportation From / To Airports

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 type 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, by phone: (1-202) 473-1840, or by fax: (1-202) 522-7131.