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Annual Meetings 2015 - Civil Society Policy Forum General Information

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The 2015 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group (WBG) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) will be held on October 9 – 11 in Lima, Peru. The Civil Society Policy Forum, a program of events including policy sessions for civil society organizations (CSOs), will be held from October 6 – 9, 2015.

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Annual Meetings Registration(CLOSED)
About the 2015 Annual Meetings
Civil Society Policy Forum (Working Schedule)
Civil Society Informal Working Group (IWG)
Sponsored CSOs/Youth Leaders and Academics
ID Badge Pick-up
Civil Society Meeting Rooms / Work Spaces
Access to Media / Contact with Journalists
Visas
Hotels and Transportation From / To Airports

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annual Meetings Registration

The 2015 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group (WBG) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) will be held on October 9 – 11 in Lima, Peru. The Civil Society Policy Forum, a program of events including policy sessions for civil society organizations (CSOs), will be held from October 6 – 9, 2015.  The registration platform for CSO representatives interested in attending the Civil Society Policy Forum is now closed. We will be processing registration requests that were received within the last few days and will be notifying applicants on the status of their request. This process can take a couple of weeks and so we ask for your patience. As previously published, no new registration request will be entertained.

If you require additional information on registration, please send an email to civilsociety@worldbank.org, or call (+1 202) 473-1840.

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About the 2015 Annual Meetings

The World Bank Group and the IMF Board of Governors convene the Annual Meetings in September/October of each year ahead of the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) and the Development Committee (DC) The Annual Meetings occur ahead of the meetings of the International Monetary and Financial Committee, the Development Committee, the Group of Ten, the Group of Twenty-Four, and various other groups of members. Public communiqués are issued at the conclusion of these meetings and can be found on the Annual Meetings website. CSOs can follow key Annual Meeting Official sessions, events and press conferences via video links that can be found on the Annual Meetings website here.

For more information on the 2015 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

The WBG and IMF Civil Society Teams hosts a bi-annual Civil Society Policy Forum (CSPF) in the margins of the World Bank Group and IMF Spring and Annual Meetings to promote substantive dialogue and an exchange of views between Bank/Fund staff, civil society representatives, government officials, academics, and other stakeholders.

The CSPF at the Annual Meetings will be held at the National Museum in Lima from October 6 – 9. It will include: an Orientation Session on the WBG; a CSO Townhall with Madame Christine Lagarde, IMF Managing Director and Jim Yong Kim, WBG President; a Roundtable with WBG Executive Directors; a CSO Reception with Senior Management of the WBG and IMF; and about 50 policy dialogue sessions on a wide range of development topics that highlight efforts to tackle poverty reduction, boost shared prosperity, secure financial stability, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth around the world.

The CSPF follows an inclusive and participatory approach that reflects the diversity of CSO policy concerns. Sessions run concurrently throughout the day and are organized solely, or with other entities, by the Bank, Fund, and CSOs. At the end of two rounds of calls for CSO session proposals from May 26 through August 21, we received over 80 requests. The window for session requests is now closed and we are in the process of allocating sessions to the available slots and informing CSO session proponents. A working schedule is available here and will be updated regularly as we coordinate with session proponents. In the meantime, we encourage everyone interested in attending the Civil Society Policy Forum including proposed panelists to go ahead and register by the closing date of September 4th regardless of the status of your session request.

The Civil Society Policy Forum will not be open to representatives who have not registered to attend the Annual Meetings.

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Civil Society Informal Working Group (IWG)

The WBG and IMF Civil Society (CS) Teams have established a CSO Informal Working Group which will support the planning of the Civil Society Policy Forum (CSPF) at the 2015 Annual Meetings. The Informal Working Group is composed of regional, international, and Peruvian CSOs that will support the CS Teams in the identification of session themes critical to regional/global development progress and promote the attendance of a diverse range of Latin American CSO groups in the Annual Meetings. Members of the Informal Working Group have been selected by the CS Teams, in collaboration with country and regional offices. Find here the list of the members and its Terms of Reference in English and Spanish.

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Sponsored CSOs/ Youth Leaders and Academics

The WBG and IMF are interested in ensuring that the perspectives and voices of CSOs from developing countries are well represented at the 2015 Annual Meetings. With this in mind, the WBG and IMF will jointly sponsor approximately 40-50 CSO representatives from emerging economies, low-income countries and developing countries, as part of the CSO, Academics, and Youth Leaders Sponsored CSOs Program, to attend the meetings, with a special focus on CSOs from the Latin America and the Caribbean region. The selection of the representatives will be based on nominations by WBG and IMF country offices as well as from several CSO networks. Selection criteria include: geographic coverage; gender balance; institutional and thematic diversity. The representatives are expected to participate actively in the CSPF and other events related to the Annual Meetings, and are also encouraged to organize their own policy sessions. We will post the list of selected leaders on our website as soon as possible. A complete list of 488 representatives from over 100 countries sponsored since 2003 can be found here.

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ID Badge Pick-up

The Annual Meetings Registration Center is located in the Biblioteca Nacional and badges will be available for pick up from Monday, October 5, through Sunday, October 11. Following your arrival in Lima, Peru, please visit the Registration Center to receive your identification badge and information package on the Civil Society Policy Forum. The registration badge provides access to all the Annual Meetings campus.

Important: Please bring a copy of the registration confirmation letter you will receive following the approval of your registration as you will need this to receive your Annual Meeting badges.


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Civil Society Meeting Rooms / Work Spaces

The Civil Society Policy Forum sessions will take place in the CSO Center on the Mezzanine level of the Museo de la Nacion and will comprise of three large meeting rooms (MN-MZ 215, MN-MZ 245 and MN-MZ 301). A smaller meeting room (MN-MZ 302) with capacity of 40 can also be reserved in order of application. Details on reserving the small meeting room will be available on this space closer to the meetings.

The CSO Townhall, Program of Seminar, Executive Directors Roundtable and several larger sessions will be held in larger meeting rooms throught out the Annual Meetings campus. Details will be available closer to the Meetings.

A networking space with eight internet connected laptop computers, and a copy machine will be available for use during the meetings. There is Wi-Fi connectivity throughout the Annual Meetings campus.

NOTE: The Annual Meetings campus is mobility accessible.

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Access to Media / Contacts with Journalists

CSOs can access the Media center, and are encouraged to interact with journalists, but are prohibited from leafleting in the Media Center. CSOs may leave materials on tables provided for such in the Press Center. While CSO representatives are not allowed in official press conferences, as these are reserved for journalists, they will be able to follow the press events via a live TV feed located in the Press Center.

A smaller meeting room (MN-MZ 302) with capacity of 40 will be made available within the CSO Center for interested CSOs to schedule press conferences with journalists on a first come first serve basis. Details on reserving the small meeting room will be available on this space closer to the meetings.

Media representatives are also welcome to attend policy sessions in the CSO center.

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Visas

A.  VISA NOT REQUIRED:

1) A VISA is NOT REQUIRED to enter Peru for the following categories (effective August 1st):  Diplomatic, Special, Official, and Service Passports and United Nations, Organization of American States, and European Community Laissez Passer.

  • Passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the planned date of arrival

2) A VISA is NOT REQUIRED to enter Peru for people traveling on national passports from the following 97 jurisdictions.

  • Passport valid for at least 6 months from the planned date of arrival.

B.  VISA is REQUIRED to enter Peru for those traveling on national passports from countries not on the aforementioned 96 jurisdictions (see # 2 above).

  • Peruvian consulates/diplomatic missions worldwide will begin processing visa applications for registered Annual Meetings participants using National Passports for the Meetings effective July 1, 2015.

How to get your visa:
1) If there is a Peruvian Diplomatic or Consular Mission in your country:
 
Travelers must file a visa application in the Peruvian Diplomatic or Consular Mission with the following accompanying documents:

  • Form DGC-5 de visa application, available in following link.
  • A copy of the identification page from a Valid Passport, with minimum validity of six months.
  • One color photograph, facing forward, with a white background, including (uncovered) head shoulders. Size of photo must be 2 inches x 2 inches or 51 mm x 51 mm.
  • A copy of the Annual Meetings Registration Confirmation Letter"

Note: Delegates, Staff, Observers, Guests, CSOs, Speakers, general Participants and their family members will receive OFFICIAL VISA at No Fee, upon presentation of Annual Meetings Registration Confirmation Letter to the Consular staff.
NOTE: You may not use the e-Visa (see B2 below) if you have a Peruvian mission or consulate in your country.

2) If there is no Peruvian Diplomatic or Consular Mission in your country:
Electronic official visas may be requested and issued online via the following link: http://VisasJuntasBM-FMI.rree.gob.pe (Note: link is only available after July 1, 2015)

IMPORTANT: Participants must upload the following documents: 

  • A copy of the identification page from a Valid Passport, with minimum validity of six months  
  • Form DGC-5 de visa application, available in following link.
  •  One color photograph, facing forward, with a white background, including (uncovered) head shoulders. File size must be less than 500 Kb.
  •  A copy of the Annual Meetings Registration Confirmation Letter
  •  After verification all requirements have been fulfilled, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will issue an “Official e-Visa”, to allow applicants to board their flights.
    Delegates, Staff, Observers, Guests, CSOs, Speakers, general Participants and their Family Members will be on OFFICIAL E-VISA at No Fee, upon presentation of Annual Meetings Registration Confirmation Letter.

Note: You may not use the e-Visa (see B2 above) if you have a Peruvian mission or consulate in your country.

For more details on visa, visit the bankfundmeetings website.

  If you have any questions on this, please contact us via email at: civilsociety@worldbank.org.

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Hotels and Transportation From / To Airports

The World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund have made provisions for hotel accommodations at several hotels throughout Lima for the Annual Meetings. Rooms have been blocked for official participants and will be made available on a first-come, first serve basis upon successful completion of registration. Information regarding available hotels and booking instructions will be provided as part of the registration confirmation. Please note that confirmed registration for the Annual Meetings is not a guarantee of hotel accommodations in the WBG/IMF hotel block. All reservations into the WBG/IMF block must be made prior to September 9, 2015.

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 If you have any questions, please contact us by email at: civilsociety@worldbank.org


Last updated: 2015-10-28




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