The United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and E-business (UN/CEFACT) organises the 23rd session of the UN/CEFACT Forum in Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland from 7 to 11 April 2014. 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)
- Advancing UN/CEFACT’s current and forthcoming technical framework
UN/CEFACT supports activities dedicated to improving the ability of business, trade and administrative organizations, from developed, developing and transition economies, to exchange products and relevant services effectively. Its principal focus is on facilitating national and international transactions, through the simplification and harmonization of processes, procedures and information flows, and so contributing to the growth of global commerce
Forum sessions are held bi-annually in different locations throughout the world. Information on previous Forums is available at http://www.unece.org.unecedev.colo.iway.ch/index.php?id=3145
Registration to the 23rd UNCEFACT Forum is open.
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 8am and we strongly encourage you to arrive at least one hour before the start of the conference as there can be long queues at the security check. There will be a special lane for the conference on the left-hand side of the building. You will be required to show your original registration form and your passport/identity card at Security.
Delegates and participants, who need to apply for a Schengen visa are requested to contact the Swiss Embassy in their home country.
Participants in the Conference who need a visa are strongly advised to apply as early as possible.
Please refer to updated information about Swiss Embassies abroad.
Direct links are provided here to two documents containing visa information provided by the Swiss Federal Office for Migration website.
- List 2: ID and visa provisions – particularities regardless of nationality (version of 10 February 2012)
Further information can be found on this site at http://www.bfm.admin.ch/bfm/en/home/themen/einreise/merkblatt_einreise.html
Participants to the Conference are advised to book their accommodation early. Some of the hotels listed may apply United Nations preferential rates.
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"
Mr. Tauno Kangur
Global Trade Solutions Section
Ms. Amélia Delle Foglie
Contact e-mail: Forum.Registration@unece.org