2009 Annual Meetings, Istanbul
Boards of Governors

World Bank Group
International Monetary Fund
October 6-7, 2009—Istanbul Turkey
Annual Meetings: Istanbul


**Emergency Advice to Participants**

Information for Journalists
Civil Society Representatives

Information for Journalists

All working press must have Annual Meetings credentials to attend the meetings.

To be accredited, you must present one of the following:

  1. Valid press credentials issued by national governments or authorities;


  2. Clear evidence that you are on assignment from a specific news organization or publication. This applies to all freelancers, including photographers. A valid assignment letter from that news organization, or publication, is required. Photographic agencies must provide clear evidence from a client news organization or publication.

Submissions should be sent to:

Press Registration
Email: press@imf.org
Fax: +1 202 623-4004

If such credentials are not held, or are in question, it will be at the discretion of the IMF and World Bank to determine whether access to the Annual Meetings is granted. Learn more >

Civil Society Representatives

The 2009 World Bank and International Monetary Fund Annual Meetings will be held on October 6 and 7, 2009 in Istanbul, Turkey. All CSO representatives interested in participating in the Annual Meetings must obtain individual accreditation. Representatives are encouraged to apply for accreditation which will open on Monday, August 3 and close on Monday, September 21. Those interested will be able to apply online for accreditation, and the link will be posted here on August 3.

The World Bank and IMF Civil Society Teams will also be organizing a Civil Society Policy Forum from Saturday, October 3 through Wednesday, October 7. We will post information on the Policy Forum and the schedule of sessions by early September. An Orientation Session on WB and IMF policies and programs will be held on Friday, October 2. Those interested in attending this orientation session will be able to register online here by early September.

In order to ensure ample and substantive participation by CSO representatives at the Annual Meetings, particularly from developing countries in the Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Middle East, and Africa regions, the World Bank and the IMF have invited 18 CSO leaders to be part of an Annual Meetings Planning Process. Their role will be to help the Bank and Fund plan policy dialogue sessions, a townhall meeting with the heads of the Bank and Fund, and other activities. See the Terms of Reference and list of participants.

More general information about Bank/Fund Annual Meetings can be found here. If you have any questions about the AMs and/or are interested in organizing a policy session, please send an email to civilsociety@worldbank.org or ngoliaison@imf.org.


Requests for Visitor accreditation must be submitted in writing, on your institution's letterhead paper, and should provide the Joint Secretariat with the names, titles, and complete mailing addresses, including fax and telephone numbers, of your representatives. Your request should be sent to:

Ms. Shelsie Fung
Office of Special Guests and Visitors
Joint Secretariat
IMF-World Bank Group
Washington, DC 20433

Facsimile No. + 1 202 522-7408

For further information, please contact the Special Guests and Visitors Office at +1 202 458-0264.


Registration of members of country delegations must be coursed through the respective Executive Directors Offices.

For registration and accreditation queries, please contact the Bank and Fund Joint Secretariat for Delegates and Observers at:

Tel : +1 202 623 6797
Fax : +1 202 623 4004
Email : comfront@imf.org