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GlobalNet # 16
9 June 1995
ORGANIZERS GAIN MAJOR CONCESSIONS FOR NGO FORUM
Irene Santiago, Executive Director of the NGO Forum on Women,
announced today that major concessions had been made by the China
Organizing Committee. IreneUs announcement is as follows:
"I am pleased to inform you of the successful resolution
of most of the outstanding issues surrounding the site for the
NGO Forum on Women. After meetings in Beijing between Mr. Ismat
Kittani, UN Under Secretary General and Special Adviser to the
UN Secretary General, officials of the China Organizing Committee,
Khunying Supatra Masdit, NGO Forum Convenor and Sylvia Ordonez,
NGO Forum Logistics, an agreement was concluded on 8 June, 1995.
We sincerely believe that the terms of the agreement will enable
the holding of a substantive and celebratory Forum such as women
worldwide have been planning for years. It will also preserve
the integrity of the UN process by enabling both accredited and
non-accredited NGOs to have easy access to their delegations to
the UN Fourth World Conference on Women."
The major points of the agreement are as follows:
- 1. NGO Forum site and NGO satellite site in Beijing. The Forum
will be held in what has become a very different site than the
one we originally saw in Huairou last April. Additionally, a satellite
site in Beijing near to the UN World Conference site has been
made available. This satellite site will enable both accredited
and non-accredited NGOs to be close to the UN site for meetings
with government delegates, consultations and briefings. This satellite
site is in addition to the Beijing Recreation Centre which will
be the base for accredited NGOs to lobby the World Conference.
- 2. Acceptance of ALL registered participants. This was a major
concession, achieved after extensive dialogue. All participants
registered as of April 30, 1995, -a total of 36,000- will be able
to participate in the Forum.
- 3. Visas. ALL registered participants will be granted visas.
- 4. Contiguous Area. Buildings are now situated in one contiguous
area on the 42-hectare site in Huairou. Many additional structures
have been made available to cope with the much larger crowd than
China originally expected. The one defined area will enable participants
to network and have easy access to all activities.
- 5. Facilities for ALL Activities. The China Organizing Committee
(COC) and the NGO Forum Office will work together to ensure all
5,000 requests for activities will be accommodated.
- 6. Choice of Hotels. Registered participants will have a choice
of staying in either Beijing or Huairou hotels. However, the COC
will try its best to provide the majority of the accommodations
in Huairou to encourage participants to stay there and avoid commuting
to the Forum site. A specially erected outdoor stage will make
evening events possible at Huairou.
- 7. Transportation. The COC will provide shuttle bus services
to and from Huairou and within Huairou.
- 8. Communications. The COC agreed to provide as many IDD lines
as needed for press & NGOs.
At the conclusion of the negotiations, Supatra Masdit acknowledged
the extraordinary contribution made by women worldwide in bringing
a resolution to the site issue. She also thanked the China Organizing
Committee for their efforts in making the Forum a viable one.
In her letter to the members of the NGO Facilitating Committee,
Supatra Masdit expressed the hope that "we can all move forward
and make our Forum a success."
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