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31st UN/CEFACT Forum

23 - 27 April 2018

Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

The United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and E-business (UN/CEFACT) organizes its 31st Forum at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland from 23-27 April 2018.

Priorities at the Forum are:

  • Advancing current projects and domain activities;
  • Ongoing maintenance tasks (such as UN/EDIFACT Data Maintenance Requests);
  • Formulating and approving a series of new projects to be conducted within the framework of the approved programme of work;
  • Continuing liaison and cooperation activities with external organizations (governmental as well as industry and standards consortia); and
  • Advancing UN/CEFACT’s current and forthcoming technical framework.

Forum sessions are held semi-annually in different locations throughout the world.

For information on previous Forums, please follow the URL.


31st UN/CEFACT Forum online registration is open now.

Deadline for visa letter support will be Monday 19 March 2018.

Where to pick up your UN Badge when you arrive on the first day?

In order to enter the Palais des Nations, kindly pick up your entry badge on Monday morning at the UN Accreditation/Security Building located at Pregny Gate on the Route de Pregny (Bus Stop APPIA). The UN Pregny Gate Security opens at 8:00 am and we strongly encourage you to arrive at least one hour before the start of the Forum as there can be long queues at the security check.

Map of the Palais des Nations

Security measures - Strengthening access controls to the Palais des Nations

Users of the Palais des Nations are kindly informed that starting 1 February 2017, access to the Palais will be made more secure and most of the doors will be controlled by a centralized access security system and can only be opened by means of a magnetic United Nations grounds pass issued to authorized users. Only four doors (C-6, A-15, A-17 and E-40) will be accessible without a magnetic grounds pass from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. during working days to enable access to visitors and conference participants. Users can also exit the Palais through these four doors after 7:00 p.m.

Please consult the Brochure on the new security measures to access the Palais des Nations.

Please see  map of UNOG Open Access (7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.) through doors C6, A15, A17 and E40.

Wednesday 25 April at 20:00 hrs: Social Dinner

The UNECE secretariat organises a get-together dinner on Wednesday 25 April at 20:00 at Brasserie Halles de l’Île (1 Place de l’Île, 1204 Genève).

All UN/CEFACT experts are invited to take part in this social event.

Confirmation by email to aruna.vivekanantham@un.org or on the spot and pre-payment is mandatory before Tuesday 24 April at the very latest, lunch time.  Payment of cash only.

A choice of two main dishes menus (non-vegetarian and vegetarian) for the price of CHF 30, excluding drinks. The dinner is at your own cost.


Free travel from the airport

Effective January 2008, free tickets for public transport  (TPG) is available from a machine in the baggage collection area (on the left hand side just before passing customs) at Geneva International Airport (Information GIA). This Unireso ticket allows you free use of public transport in Geneva for a period of 80 minutes. In the event of a ticket inspection on the Transports Publics Genevois (TPG) , CFF (Swiss Railways) or Mouettes Genevoises (municipal ferries), anyone holding this type of ticket may be asked to show their airline ticket. If you are staying at a hotel, youth hostel or campsite, the establishment will offer you a “Geneva Transport Card”, which allows you to use public transport in Geneva free of charge during the period of your stay. (More information is available from Genève Tourisme or the establishment concerned.)

Public transport (transports publics genevois)

In Geneva, public-transport tickets (TPG) must be purchased prior to boarding a tram, bus or ferry. Ticket machines are available at most stops. Travel cards or passes can be purchased at the main TPG centres (Rive, Cornavin and Bachet de Pesay) and at newsstands. Please note tickets are not available on the bus itself.


Taxis are readily available from the airport. They are metered, so costs will vary, but the journey from the airport into the city centre will usually cost around CHF 30. The following direct telephone number will ensure arrival within minutes: 022 331 41 33. A taxi stand is located on rue Varembé

Transport to the venue (Palais des Nations)

Public transport from Geneva International Airport to the Palais des Nations

  • Bus n°5 : Bus stop "Nations"
  • Bus n°28 : Bus stop “Appia” or "Nations"

Public transport from Cornavin main railway station :

  • Bus n°5 : Bus stop "Nations"
  • Bus n°8 : Bus stop "Nations" or “Appia”
  • Tramway n°15 : Stop "Nations"

Access to the Public Transport website


Participants to the Forum are advised to book their accommodation early. Some of the hotels listed may apply United Nations preferential rates.

Some participants in previous Forums have preferred to stay in neighbouring France due to cheaper accommodation costs. There are usually good public transport connections to Palais des Nations. See pages 11 and 12 of the list below for recommendations.

Mr. Lance Thompson
UN/CEFACT Support Unit 
Economic Cooperation and Trade Division
Contact e-mail: lance.thompson@unece.org

Ms. Amélia Delle Foglie
Programme Assistant 
Contact e-mail: Forum.Registration@unece.org