December CSW 56 Planning Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the CSW 56 Planning Committee Meeting – December 5, 2011

The fifth meeting of the planning committee was held on December 5, 2011 from 12:00 to 2:00 pm in the Baha’i Center. Myriam Dessables from UN Women presented a brief update on CSW 56 planning. Some members attended small group committee meetings, while others formed a study group to review a selection of papers pertaining to the CSW 56 priority theme, led by Mary Singletary. Small groups then reported on their progress to the committee as a whole.

The meeting was conducted by Victoria Edmonds, NGO/CSW/NY Advisor.


Myriam Dessables from UN Women reported that over 100 written statements were submitted by NGOs this year, a record number. She also reported that 321 organizations have already pre-registered for CSW 56, with a total of 1,307 individual participants registered to date.


Small group committee reports:

The demonstration committee is organizing a march for International Women’s Day on March 8, 2012, subject to Executive Committee approval. Marchers will be invited to wear sashes on which they will write the name of the issue closest to their heart. The committee will focus on advertising to insure high attendance and media outreach.

The packet committee is creating a restaurant guide, but will not be producing bookmarks for inclusion in the packet. All materials must be available for editing by the executive committee by January 20.

The handbook committee asked that information regarding external events be sent to the committee by December 30. The committee will be soliciting ads for the handbook from foundations whose work relates to the priority theme; they would appreciate suggestions from committee members. The editing process for the cover design is almost complete.

The reception committee has scheduled a walk-through of the Turkish Center. Volunteers are needed to bartend during the reception.

The logistics committee reported that volunteer orientation day will be held on Friday, February 24 at the Salvation Army building on 14th St.

Other announcements:

Committee members were reminded to please join NGO/CSW/NY and to keep their dues payments current.

Morning briefings during CSW 56 will be held daily beginning at 8:45 a.m. on the 2nd floor of the Church Center.

The planning committee will meet again on Monday, December 12 from 11:30 to 1:00 in the Church Center. A members meeting will then be held from 1:00 to 2:45, followed by the NGO/CSW/NY holiday and 40th anniversary party. Members are asked to please bring a dish to share.