The Extraordinary session of the Commission for Hydrology (CHy-Ext.(2019)) will be held in Geneva (Switzerland), on
13 February (p.m.) and
14 February 2019. It will be preceded by a Technical Conference (TECO-Hydro) held from 11 to 13 (a.m.) February 2019 at the same venue.
Documents will be posted before and during the session on the session website, in line with WMO greening efforts to promote paper-smart meetings. Therefore, participants are kindly invited to bring internet-enabled portable computers capable of handling Microsoft Word 2010 and Adobe PDF formats so that they can work in paper-smart mode during the session.
The same documents will be discussed at TECO-Hydro and CHy-Ext. In TECO-Hydro there will be an open technical discussion where all details of the WMO reform in general and the alternatives for hydrology and water resources in particular will be explained and debated. Then, in CHy-Ext decisions will be agreed among all delegations and recorded in Recommendations to 18th Congress. It is therefore strongly recommended that participants attend both meetings.
All background information will be available in the form of
Information documents 2 and 3, to be downloaded in six languages from the "Information Documents" tab above. Recommendations will be recorded as Documents 2 and 3 to be downloaded from the "Document" tab in their respective language.
Online pre-registration to CHy-Ext.(2019) and TECO-Hydro is strongly recommended.
Venue: WMO headquarters building, 7 bis, avenue de la Paix
During the meetings, simultaneous interpretation in the six WMO official languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish) will be provided in the main conference room. Additional meeting rooms without interpretation facilities will also be available.
Material arrangements for the session are described in the INF1(1) document posted in the Information Documents section of this website.
All participants who require a valid visa for admission to Switzerland should make their application for visas directly to the nearest diplomatic representation of Switzerland and include a copy of the notification of the meeting with the visa application. It is advisable that such applications be made as soon as possible (minimum 20 days but maximum 3 months before departure). Please inform us through
firstname.lastname@example.org you require an individual invitation letter for your visa application.
Switzerland applies Schengen regulations for the issuance of visas. This means that all participants requiring a visa to enter Switzerland should apply for their visa directly to the Embassy or Consulate-General of Switzerland in their country. In cases where no Swiss Embassy or Consulate is available, participants should apply to the country designated by Switzerland to handle visa applications.
Under Schengen regulations, it is necessary for each visa applicant to make an appointment and to present him/herself in person, in order to submit and register biometric data. On 11 October 2011, the Schengen member states introduced the Visa Information System (VIS), which is used to store biometric data of Schengen visa applicants. Data remains valid in the VIS system for a period of 5 years.
Additional information in several languages regarding the implementation of the VIS system, registration of biometric data and the rollout timetable for Swiss embassies/consulates implementing the VIS system is available through the following link:
Time needed to obtain a visa may vary from case to case. It is strongly recommended that delegates inform themselves on the relevant appointment system and procedures as early as possible, to ensure that the visa may be issued in a timely manner. Delegates can find this information on relevant national government websites, or they can consult directly with the Swiss Embassy/Consulate in the applicant's country of residence.
In cases where no diplomatic relations exist between a Member and Switzerland, or where a Member considers that some difficulties may be experienced in obtaining visas, delegates can submit a visa request directly to Switzerland. However, under Annex I of the General Regulations of the Organization, this request must be sent by the delegate to the Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization who will in turn submit it to Switzerland.
Such requests must contain all the necessary details: name, surname, date and place of birth, father's name, nationality, passport number, date and place of issue, expiry date, profession, place where the visa is to be issued, and duration of stay in Switzerland. Requests should be received by the Secretary-General as far in advance of the meeting as possible.
Additional information regarding entry visas for Switzerland and Swiss representation abroad may be found through the following links:
Participants are advised that hotel accommodation in Geneva and the surrounding area may be scarce. Participants should inquire with the hotels to see if it is possible to have special UN rates for the dates of their stay. Please find below the list of some of the hotels located in the vicinity of WMO.
Hotel Ibis Genève Centre Lac
Rue De Berne 26, Pâquis, 1201 Geneva, Switzerland
Rue Butini 7, Pâquis, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland
Hotel Ibis Genève Centre Nations
Rue du Grand Pré 33-35, 1201 Geneva, Switzerland
Hotel Les Nations
Rue du Grand Pré 62, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland
Rue de Lausanne 135, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland
Hotel Mon Repos
Rue de Lausanne 131, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland
For more information, you can consult the
Geneva Tourism official website.
Hotels in Geneva provide all guests, upon demand, with a free ticket for public transport. In addition, upon arrival at Geneva airport, free tickets are available from the machine in the baggage conveyor Hall before passing customs.
General information on how to get to WMO from the airport and how to get to the City centre can be found on the WMO website:
All enquiries related to the organization of the Technical Conference and the extraordinary session of the Commission for Hydrology (CHy-Ext.(2019)) should be sent to email@example.com with copy to firstname.lastname@example.org.