All participants of the Interactive Hearings from civil society and the private sector were invited to the Preparatory Meetings, organized by civil society, which took place 13-14 July 2013. The meetings were organized around the thematic program of the hearings, and brought together representatives and recommendations of the civil society preparatory processes at national, regional and international levels.

These two days were the principal occasion for civil society to come together and develop clear messages on the main issues that were discussed with UN Member States at the Hearings.

These preparatory meetings were also the primary opportunity for civil society participants to contribute to messages discussed during the Hearings.