Information for Participants

Meeting Venue

Geneva International Conference Centre (CICG)
17 Rue de Varembé
1211 Geneva 20, Switzerland
Telephone: + 41 (0) 22 791 91 11
Fax: + 41 (0) 22 791 90 64


Basel Convention OEWG-8 25-28 September 2012
C/O Séverine MONDO Project Manager
Centre International de Conférences, Genève
Rue de Varembé 17
1211 Geneva 20
Tél: +41 22 791 91 56
Fax: +41 22 791 90 64

Local Transportation

It is easy to get to the Conference Centre once you are in Geneva. Geneva's Cointrin International Airport is about five km away and with a taxi, it takes only about ten minutes to reach the Conference Centre. Geneva's main railway station, Cornavin, is 2 km from the Conference Centre and linked with public transportation (tramway and bus) as well as taxies. See access map to the CICG.

Geneva's public transport is fast, frequent, safe and clean. From the airport, you can take bus 10 to downtown Geneva. You can also take the train. Connections approximately every 8 minutes.

To get to the Conference Centre from the main train station, you can get bus number 5 (get off at Vermont or Varembé), bus 8 (get off at IUT) or tram 15, direction Nations (get off at Sismondi).

Taxis are easily available and safe but comparatively expensive. Call 022 320 22 02 or 022 331 41 33 if you need a taxi.

Local transportation (in French)

Hotel Reservations

Delegates are required to handle their own hotel reservation by contacting the hotel directly.

A list of hotels with UN preferential rates is available for your convenience.  


Swiss franc (CHF). Average exchange rates: 1 US dollar~ 0,85 CHF. 1 Euro ~ 1,17 CHF.


It is strongly recommended to delegates to secure their own international medical, accident and travel insurances. The Secretariat is not liable for any loss or damage whatsoever that may be incurred by delegates, during their travel time to and from the meetings as well as during the period of participation to the meetings.


The CICG cafeteria and restaurant are open to the participants. Other lunch places can be found within walking distance from the CICG.


Participants are kindly requested to bring their own power adaptors.

Voltage: 230 volts
Frequency: 50 Hz
Plug/socket: C (CEE 7/16) , J

C (CEE 7/16)- photo Wikimedia Commons plug J - photo Wikimedia Commons

Other useful information

Geneva International Airport
Information to travel free on public transport during your stay in Geneva
Map of Geneva with search function
Geneva Tourism