Civil society at the Buenos Aires Ministerial Conference

The official NGO Centre is located in the CCK Cultural Centre at Sarmiento 151, CABA, C1041AAE in Buenos Aires.  Its facilities are only available to NGOs that are accredited to the Ministerial Conference.

An orientation briefing for NGOs will take place on Saturday 9 December at 16:00 in the NGO Briefing Room, on the 9th floor of the CCK building.

Accreditation and badge collection

NGO registration is now closed. Accredited NGOs can pick up their badges from the NGO Accreditation Room located on the Ground Floor of the CCK.

Opening times for the NGO Accreditation Centre:

  • 8 - 9 December: 10:00 to 20:00
  • 10 December: 8:00 to 15:00
  • 11 -12 December: 8:00 to 18:00

The following events will be open to NGOs:

  • All NGO briefings
  • Opening session — via video relay in the NGO working areas
  • Plenary session, speeches by ministers
  • Closing session — via video relay in the NGO working areas

NGO Centre

NGO-organised side events will be held in the NGO Centre in the CCK. The CCK offers briefing and meeting rooms, as well as working areas. All rooms will be equipped with WiFi. The NGO Centre is  accessible for anyone with official Ministerial accreditation,.   The WTO's External Relations team will be located on the 4th floor of the CCK.

The programme of non-WTO side events, including those taking place at other venues near the CCK, is available here and will be updated as more information is received. The programme includes events taking place at other venues near the CCK to the extent that WTO is informed of these events.

NGO Centre opening hours:

  • 9 December from 15:00 to 18:00
  • 10 December from 8:00 to 15:00
  • 11-12 December from 8:00 to 23:00
  • 13 December from 8:00 to 20:00

Rooms and facilities

The NGO Centre is comprised of the following:

Type of room

Location (CCK Building)

WTO offices

4th Floor

One WTO NGO briefing room

9th Floor

Two NGO working areas

5th Floor and 6th Floor

Three large meeting rooms

4th Floor

Two medium sized meeting rooms

5th Floor

One small meeting room

4th Floor

All rooms will be equipped with WiFi. NGO Centre Room Description

Booking a room

Accredited NGOs can send all their meeting requests to: [email protected] with the subject line: NGO Centre booking request + name of organization. Please indicate whether the request is for a public or private meeting. Please note the following:

  • In principle, meeting rooms are available for a maximum of 1.5 hours. 
  • Rooms will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.
  • The WTO Secretariat reserves its right to refuse booking requests.

Meeting announcements and displaying material

Details on briefings and meetings will be available on the website (see programme link below) and displayed on an electronic notice board located outside the NGO working areas. 

Tables will be made available in the Centre outside the working areas for NGOs to display any publication/information material.

Briefing sessions

In principle, the WTO External Relations team will brief accredited NGOs at the end of each day of the Ministerial Conference. An orientation briefing will take place in the NGO Centre on 9 December at 16:00. The briefing will cover key logistical and other important information for NGOs regarding the Ministerial Conference.

NGO Briefings for the Press

NGO briefings for the press will take place in the NGO Centre. NGOs wishing to brief the press will need to organise the briefings themselves. They will be announced in the Press Centre.

NGOs accredited to the Buenos Aires Ministerial Conference

251 NGOs from 52 countries were accredited to attend the Eleventh WTO Ministerial Conference.



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