Become a member

Member States interested in formal membership should refer to the Q&A below:

How can a member State apply for membership in ISAR?

Interested member States are requested to contact their Permanent Mission in New York or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in their capital and request them to submit the candidacy for election to ISAR. The letter requesting membership needs to be addressed to the ECOSOC secretariat in New York, with copy to the ISAR secretariat in Geneva. Applications may also be made through the Chair of the applicable regional group for the month, listed in the United Nations Journal.

Does the application need information onthe designated expert?

It not necessary to delegate the expert that will represent the country in its formal membership with the application. This information can be communicated after the election in the form of a note verbale to the ISAR secretariat in Geneva.

How can one obtain additional information or guidance on ISAR and its application process?

The ISAR secretariat in Geneva remains available to provide up-to-date information on the relevant contacts for ISAR membership application, as well as additional information about ISAR’s impact and agenda.

What are my contacts during the application process?

Focal Points:


  • Ms. Sangeeta Sharma
  • Deputy Secretary, Third Committee of the General Assembly
  • Dept. for General Assembly and Conference Management
  • United Nations – New York
  • Tel: +212 963- 6548; Email:



  • Ms. Tatiana Krylova
  • Head, Enterprise Branch
  • Division on Investment and Enterprise
  • UNCTAD – Geneva
  • Tel: +41 22 917 5495; email: