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33rd UN/CEFACT Forum

1 - 5 April 2019

Geneva, Switzerland

The United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and e-business (UN/CEFACT) organizes its 33rd Forum at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland from 1 to 5 April 2019.

You can find the forum weekly schedule covering all groups’ meetings at this link.

Registration to access the Palais is obligatory for all participants; please fill in the form on CUE to register for the 33rd UN/CEFACT Forum.

Already registered? You can consult the list of all attending experts.

Press release on the 33rd UN/CEFACT Forum available.

UN/CEFACT semi-annual Forums consists of meetings of and between UN/CEFACT expert groups which develop trade facilitation policy recommendations, eBusiness standards and their supporting technical specifications, in a process of close collaboration between governments and the private sector. Highlights from the weekly schedule include:

You can find information on previous Forums here.

 

Forum weekly schedule covering all groups’ meetings (last updated; 19 March 2019)


UN/CEFACT Conference on "Expanding the Horizon for MSMEs in International Trade Role of e-Services"
1 April 2019 (14:00 - 17:30)

UN/CEFACT Conference on "Latest Technology Trends Impacting eBusiness, Internet Trading and Trade Facilitation"
3 April 2019 (9:00 - 12:30)

UN/CEFACT Conference on "Impact of New Technologies on Accounting and Audit"
5 April 2019 (9:00 - 12:30)

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 in Geneva 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

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

Accommodation

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

Entering the Palais des Nations

To attend UNECE meetings at the Palais des Nations, you must register in advance online on the relevant conference/meeting's webpage. 

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 - the name must match the information provided on the registration form.  Your badge is strictly for your own personal use. Please note that delays are common and delegates must often to wait in the open air.

Security measures

Since 1 February 2017, security measures have been reinforced at the Palais des Nations. Once in the compound, only four doors are freely accessible (C-6, A-15, A-17 and E-40) during working hours. The UN/ECFACT Forum will be taking place in building E, accessible through door E-40.

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.

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.

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

Ms. Amélia Delle Foglie
Programme Assistant 
Contact e-mail: uncefact@un.org