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Geneva, Switzerland

UNECE’s Working Group on Ageing held its third annual meeting on November 22nd and 23rd to discuss issues surrounding ageing in the region.

The Working Group, first convened in 2008, has successfully implemented its first two-year programme of work, and this meeting served to renew the group’s commitment to regional implementation of the UN’s global strategy on ageing: the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing.  Delegates gave their support to the continued work of UNECE in capacity building, indicator development, production of policy briefs, and analysis of intergenerational relationships via a growing series of surveys in the Generations and Gender Programme.

The Working Group agreed to organize a Regional Ministerial Conference on Ageing, to be held in Vienna in September 2012, on the tenth anniversary of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing and the adoption of its regional implementation strategy in Berlin.  The conference will allow ministers to review progress and decide on future directions for making and implementing policies on ageing.                                                                                                                                 

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Agenda Item 3.a - Implementation of the work programme - Policy briefs with good practice examples


UNECE - Policy briefs


UNECE - Policy brief on Age-friendly Employment: Policies and Practices


UNECE - Policy brief on Tapping the potential of Volunteering


UNECE - Good practice examples: statistics


Greece - Measures for the social inclusion of the elderly


UNECE - Self-Evaluation Form


Agenda Item 3.b - Implementation of the work programme - Monitoring implementation: developing indicators, collecting data, disseminating information


UNECE - Monitoring Implementation of RIS MIPAA


Agenda Item 3.c - Implementation of the work programme - Capacity development


Republic of Moldova - Solving the problems on Ageing


UNECE - Road Maps for Mainstreaming Ageing


UNECE - Capacity-building training Workshop on "Community services for the elderly"


Agenda Item 3.d - Implementation of the work programme - Analysis of intergenerational relationships


UNECE - Intergenerational relationships in ageing societies: follow-up to the in-depth discussion in 2010


Agenda Item 4 - Discussion on the second cycle of review and appraisal of the Regional Implementation Strategy for the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing


UNECE - Discussion on the second review and appraisal cycle of RIS/MIPAA


Entering the Palais des Nations

To attend meetings at the Palais des Nations, you must register in advance. The registration form is available on the relevant conference secretariat’s website. You should return the completed form directly to the secretariat. Should the form not be available, you can use one of the following:  English version or French version.

Delegates enter the Palais through the Pregny Gate (Portail Pregny - see map) entrance, which faces the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) headquarters on the Route de Pregny . In order to obtain your identity badge from the Security Services, you will be asked to present a valid passport or a national identity card. Your badge is strictly for your own personal use. Please note that delays here are common and lengthy and delegates are unfortunately required to wait in the open air.

Personal luggage*
You may bring into the Palais only the type of luggage that is normally considered as carry-on luggage by airline companies e.g. computer bags, rucksacks and hand bags. Should you have large luggage, after you have received your identity badge, the luggage will be stored for you by the Security Service if sufficient space is available.

*Disclaimer: The United Nations Office at Geneva declines all responsibility for any luggage stored. All pieces of luggage found unattended may be impounded and disposed of by the Security Services. Any costs related to the latter action may be charged to the owner of the luggage.

Private vehicles (for members of permanent missions only)
Delegates may drive to the Palais des Nations and park their vehicles in the parking lots in the compound, provided they have been delivered a parking sticker.
Parking stickers are issued upon written request from the permanent missions. They can be collected from the Pass and Identification Unit of the Security and Safety Section at the Pregny Gate at the same time as the delegates’ security identification badges.

Making telephone calls in the Palais des Nations
All internal telephone numbers start with 7 and are followed by four digits. To make local Geneva calls, dial 0, followed by the prefix 022.

For other national or international calls, public telephones are at your disposal in the main foyers of the Palais. These accept prepaid cards and credit cards.

Where to find documents
Documents are available in limited quantities from the Distribution Service, located in office C.337, located on the third floor of the Palais, above door 6.  


Free travel from the airport
Effective January 2008, free tickets for public transport will be 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, 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 (including at the “Naville” kiosk in the Palais). Please note tickets are not available on the bus itself.

The Place des Nations (“Nations” stop) and Prégny Gate (“Appia” stop) entrances of the Palais are served by a number of tram and bus lines. The Place des Nations entrance, however is only for staff or delegates with a badge, valid identity document and accompanied by a staff member and who are not carrying luggage (laptops, rucksacks and hand bags are permitted). It is about a 500 metre walk uphill from the Place des Nations entrance to the Prégny entrance.

Buses 5, 8, F, V, Z stop at both “Nations” and “Appia”.

Buses 11, 22 and trams 13, 15 stop at “Nations”.

Transport from the airport to the Palais
Bus 28 goes from the airport to the Pregny Gate entrance (“Appia” stop), as well as to the Place des Nations (“Nations” stop).
Bus 5 goes from the airport to Nations

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 Avenue de la Paix, 50 metres uphill from the Nations gate and are available any time. Taxis cannot enter the UN compound - passengers will have to get off at the Pregny or Nations gates.


There are numerous restaurants available in Geneva. For the list of the restaurants and their locations, please click on the link below.

Restaurants in Geneva

HOTELS in Geneva

There are numerous hotels available in Geneva. For the list of the hotels and their locations, please consult the list provided and the map below.

HOTELS in Geneva

There are numerous hotels available in Geneva. For the list of the hotels and their locations, please consult the list provided and the map below.

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Annotated Provisional agenda



Report of the meeting of the bureau of the Working Group



Implementation of the work programme



Preparation Second Cycle MIPAA/RIS



List of participants

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Informal Documents
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Community services for the elderly

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Mainstreaming Ageing: Indicators to monitor implementation

(MA:IMI) 2010

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Draft Policy Brief on the topic : "Age-friendly employment: policies and practices"

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Draft Policy Brief on the topic : "Tapping the potential of volunteering"

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Road Map on Mainstreaming Ageing: Armenia

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Concept note by Austria for Ministerial Conference on Ageing 2012 in Vienna

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