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2010 World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings General Information

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The 2010 Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank was held over the weekend of April 24 - 25 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), was held between April 22 and April 25, 2010.

 

Accreditation (Online Registration is Closed)
Civil Society Participation in Spring Meetings
Civil Society Policy Forum (Tentative Online Schedule)
Registration and Badge pick-up
CSO Meeting Rooms/Work Spaces at the Spring Meetings
Access to Press Conferences/Contacts with Journalists
IMFC and Development Committee
Visas
Airport Transportation 


Accreditation

The online registration system to accept applications for civil society accreditation opened on March 8, 2010 and closed on April 12, 2010. If you have questions please contact us on (1-202) 473-1840 or email: civilsociety@worldbank.org.

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 applicant 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  applicants from a single organization, but each applicant must apply individually.

Accredited individuals will be issued a color-coded badge — valid from Monday, April 19 through Sunday, April 25 — that will provide  them access to the World Bank MC building, where the Civil Society Policy Forum sessions will be held, and the Fund HQ1 building, where the press room and CSO press room are located. If you have appointments in other buildings, you might have to be met by a WB/IMF staff member to ensure access to the building.

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Civil Society Participation in Spring Meetings

Accredited CSOs will be able to participate in the Civil Society Policy Forum, have access to the media, meet with Bank and Fund officials, and accompany via video link the official plenary sessions and press conferences.

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Civil Society Policy Forum

The WB and IMF Civil Society Teams are in the process of organizing the Civil Society Policy Forum during the 2010 Spring Meetings. The Forum will comprise 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 2010 Spring Meetings. All accredited CSO representatives are welcome to attend the sessions which will be held at the Bank’s Main Complex Building between Thursday, April 22 and Sunday, April 25, 2010. 

A tentative Civil Society Policy Forum online schedule has been posted.  Please check back frequently as we will be posting additional information and sessions in the coming days. 

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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 entire week of the Meetings from Monday, April 19 through Sunday, April 25.

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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 22, through Sunday, April 25.

  • The CSO press room will be 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.  It will be equipped with a 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 the CSO room. CSOs may also schedule meeting with journalists and press conferences on a first-come-first-serve basis.  Please see IMF staff if you want to schedule a press release.
  • At the World Bank Main Complex building (1818 H Street NW), CSOs will be able to access the CSO Space located on the C1 level. The CS Forum will be held in the two (2) adjacent conference rooms (MC C1-100 and MC C1-200) 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

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, however, 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 they become available.  In addition, the IMF/WB civil society team staff is happy to facilitate CSO contacts with journalists as requested.

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IMFC and Development Committees

The Development Committee (DC) of the World Bank has the mandate 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 International Monetary Fund Committee (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 during the Spring Meetings and in the Annual Meetings.

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.
Accreditation does not entitle CSO representatives to attend the IMFC and DC Meetings, as these are for member country delegates only.  Background papers, statements by official delegates, and communiqués will be made available in the CSO room and will be posted online.

Please visit the 2010 Spring Meetings official website for information on the DC and IMFC.

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Visas

The IMF and the World Bank do not assist in the visa application process.  Once you have been accredited, you can use your accreditation confirmation email to document to US visa officials what the purpose of your visit to Washington is.  For those requiring a visa to enter the United State, we suggest that you request accreditation as soon as possible, since applicants have reported delays in the visa processing period in the past few years. If you have any questions on this, please contact us via email at: civilsociety@worldbank.org.

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Airport Transportation

The IMF and World Bank 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.

On-Line Registration Form

For more information on Spring Meetings, please click here..


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Last updated: 2010-04-27




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