Registration to speak in plenary

Plenary dates

The dates of the sittings devoted to the discussion of the reports of the Director-General and the Chairperson of the Governing Body are Wednesday 12 June, afternoon, and Thursday 13 June, Friday 14 June, Monday 17 June, and Tuesday 18 June, full days.

Right to speak

In order to take the floor, the speaker must be accredited either as “Minister attending the Conference”, regular delegate or “adviser and substitute delegate” acting on behalf of the regular delegate. Delegates accredited as “advisers” are normally not entitled to speak in plenary. Please refer to the Explanatory note on credentials for national delegations.

How to register

Delegates wishing to speak in plenary on the reports of the Director-General and the Chairperson of the Governing Body are encouraged to register in advance by email ( They may also register during the Conference at the speakers’ registration office, Concordia Hall, Palais des Nations, open Monday to Friday, starting on Monday, 10 June, and are encouraged to do so as soon as possible.
Requests to speak in plenary during the adoption of committee reports, or to speak in the committees, must be addressed to the President of the Conference or to the Chairperson of the committee during the debates. It is proposed that the list of speakers closes on Thursday of the first week of the Conference, 13 June. Speakers will be notified beforehand by email from the Speakers’ Registration Office of the sitting and the approximate time at which they will be given them the floor.

Time limit for speeches

Please note that the five-minute time limit (ILC Standing Orders, article 14(6)) will be strictly applied to interventions made during the discussion of the reports of the Director-General and the Chairperson of the Governing Body. This corresponds to approximately 650 words, or two-and-a-half typewritten double-spaced A4 pages.

All delegates registered to speak in plenary are requested to send an electronic copy of their speech to at least 24 hours before they are scheduled to speak. Speeches should be clearly marked with the name of the speaker, the name of the delegation, and should bear the mention “Check against delivery”.

This text version will be posted on the Conference website shortly after delivery, together with the audio recordings in the original language, as well as its interpretation into English, French and Spanish.

International Organizations invited as Observers

Due to the increased number of participants expected during the Centenary Session of the Conference, priority will be given to delegates before representatives of organizations invited as observers. For this reason, allocation of speaking slots will only be confirmed at a later stage, once requests from delegates from Member States have been dealt with.