Practical Information


Venue

World Meteorological Organization, 7bis Avenue de la Paix, Case postale 2300  1211 Geneva , Switzerland


Room

Press room

At your arrival at WMO

Upon arrival, please report to the Security Desk with your identification documents.  A notification concerning the meeting and room number will be posted at the entrance of the WMO lobby.

Entry visa requirement

Foreign participants may need a visa to enter Switzerland. Participants are kindly requested to inquire about visa requirements from their respective Consulates or Embassies of Switzerland. It is important to take advance action for obtaining the visas, as there could be significant waiting periods for scheduling appointments for visa applications in some
countries.

Please note that Switzerland is NOT part of the European Union, however, it is under the Schengen Visa rules.

Accommodation

Concerning lodging, participants are requested to make their own arrangements. They may consult the following list of hotels for Geneva at: http://www.genevetourisme.ch
Go to “Hebergement”, then to the “Lists of Hotels” by star rating. Make sure that you use the side bar to enable you to scroll and see the entire listing. Many of our participants prefer the
Eden, or the Mon Repos (located within a short walk from WMO Building), or the Suisse (near the train station and therefore convenient as well), all three star. If you are looking for
budget accommodation and can manage with basic amenities, you may try the University of Geneva at http://cite-uni.unige.ch/en/nos-hebergements/les-solutions/. 
Participants of UNsponsored meetings are usually given preferential rates. Kindly mention this when making your hotel reservation. 

TIP: For some hotels, though their web site may show that no rooms are available, a phone call or an email may elicit a positive response.

Registration of participants

Participants will receive identification badges upon their arrival.

Meeting Organization

The meeting will be conducted in English, and there are no arrangements for interpretation or translation. A meeting report will be prepared by the Secretariat in close
collaboration with the meeting’s chairperson. Participants are encouraged to provide written inputs to the Secretariat for facilitating the report preparation.

Computer-connected projection facilities will be available for presentations, and white boards/flip charts and general office supplies will be available to facilitate discussions.
Photocopying and facsimile services will also be available

Meeting Documentation

All documents related to the meeting, including the draft agenda, list of participants and technical documents relevant to the agenda will be posted on this website.
Participants are requested to bring hard copies, if they so desire, of all the relevant documents to the meeting. Secretariat can provide hard copies at the venue only upon
request.

Restaurants

WMO Attic Restaurant serves coffee, tea and snacks as well as lunch during the day.

Public Transport System

If you are arriving by air at the Geneva International Airport, you can pick up a free ticket for public transport (UNIRESO) from the machine at the Arrival level, near the baggage collection area. This UNIRESO ticket, offered by the Geneva International Airport, allows you to a free use of Geneva public transport for a period of 80 minutes. 

If you are staying at a hotel, a youth hostel or a campsite, the establishment will offer you the "Geneva Transport Card" that allows you to use public transport (bus, train and
tram) in Geneva only, free of charge during your stay (available at the Registration/Reception Desk). For more information on Geneva Transport Card, visit: 

Bus

The bus stops are situated to the left as you come out of the terminal building, at the departure level (one level above the arrival hall). Please visit http://www.unireso.com/pages/index.shtml.

Buses 1 (to and from Gare Cornavin), 11, and 28 (to and from the airport) stop near WMO, while local trains (navette)/trams have “stops” within short walking distance from WMO). The bus stop closest to WMO is “Jardin Botanique. Please note that buses 11 and 28 do not pass through the city centre. A map of the bus network can be obtained free of
charge from the UNIRESO Information Centre at Cornavin Station.

Taxi

If you prefer a taxi, you can hire one from the taxi rank just outside the arrival hall. It would cost about CHF 25-30 from the airport to the WMO Building.

More logistical information is available on the WMO website at Visitors’ Info: http://www.wmo.int/pages/visitors/index_en.html

Currency and Credit Cards

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The official currency of Switzerland is the Swiss Franc. Euro is also widely accepted in Switzerland for payments. Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are available throughout the city and are accessible at all hours. However, please note that there is no ATM facility within the WMO building. All major credit cards are widely accepted by commercial establishments in Geneva
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Internet

A limited number of computers with internet connection will be available for participant use in the WMO Building entrance hall on the ground floor. The meeting room is equipped with power sockets for laptop computers. In addition there is a wireless (wifi) system throughout the WMO building for the use of meeting participants. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops as there will only be a limited number of hardcopies of documents made available during the session.

Power supply

The mains power supply in Switzerland is 230V, 50 Hz. It is recommended that participants who bring their laptops also bring their own plug adapters to enable them to plug
into Swiss power sockets which accept Type J Swiss 3-pin plug or a compatible adapter. Information on the appropriate plugs may be found on the Internet (for example, at

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