The Eighteenth session of the World Meteorological Congress has been convened to meet in the International Conference Centre – Geneva (CICG, 17, rue de Varembé, Geneva) from Monday, 3 June to Friday, 14 June 2019 (Saturday, 15 June is reserved for any outstanding items).
During the first week, the Meteorology Technology World Expo will be held from 5-7 June in Palexpo – Geneva (Route François-Peyrot 30, 1218 Le Grand-Saconnex).
Material arrangements for the session are described in the INF.1 document to be made available in due course in the Information Documents section of this website.
The Conference Registration and Information Desk will open starting from 2.30 to 5.30 p.m. on 2 June in the WMO building and in CICG from 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. throughout the duration of Congress, to receive Congress attendees and distribute badges.
Only holders of badges issued by the Conference Registration and Information Desk will be admitted to meetings. All badges are strictly personal and non-transferable.
All participants will receive their badges upon arrival; they are expected to carry them at all times and to present them at the request of Security or Conference Services staff.
Members of Permanent Missions holding UN badges shall be admitted, but would need to be listed in their corresponding WMO Member credentials and obtain a badge at the Registration and Information Desk to appear on the list of participants.
Documents will be posted before and during the session at the Cg-18 website, and there will be no distribution of paper copies, in line with WMO policy of paperless meetings.
The Conference Centre is equipped with Wi-Fi, allowing delegates to electronically access documents.
In accordance with General Regulation 119, the official and working languages of the Organization are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. Simultaneous interpretation of plenary sessions into these languages will be provided. Interpretation will also be provided to Congress committees and selected side events within available resources.
Documents will be issued in the six WMO official languages.
Where and how to apply for a visa: 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 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:
When to apply: 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.
Special circumstances: 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 Congress as possible.
Additional information: 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. They 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 and CICG.
1. Hotel Ibis Genève Centre Lac
Rue De Berne 26, Pâquis, 1201 Geneva, Switzerland
2. Hotel Drake-Longchamp
Rue Butini 7, Pâquis, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland
3. Hotel Ibis Genève Centre Nations
Rue du Grand Pré 33-35, 1201 Geneva, Switzerland
4. Hotel Les Nations
Rue du Grand Pré 62, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland
5. Hotel Eden
Rue de Lausanne 135, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland
6. Hotel Mon Repos
Rue de Lausanne 131, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland
For more information, you can also 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: link.
For additional questions during Congress, please contact the Conference Registration and Information Desk, found on the ground floor of the Conference Centre.
The telephone number of the Conference Centre is +41 (0)22 791 91 11.
The Secretariat of the World Meteorological Organization is open 8.00 a.m. to 6.30 p.m., Monday-Friday. The Conference Registration and Information Desk will have the list of phone numbers of the Secretariat staff.
The number for emergency police assistance in Switzerland is 117.
A list of receptions will be made availlable at the registration and information desk, in due course.
The tentative work plan for Cg-18 is provided on the website (http://meetings.wmo.int/cg-18/Lists/SessionCalendar ).
A daily timetable of meetings is provided in the tentative work plan and published in the Congress website.
The tentative work plan is subject to changes throughout the day, as it provides only an initial indication of the meetings and agenda items that will be taken up by Congress. The actual work plan will be adjusted by the Coordination Committee, as necessary, during the session, and will be provided online and in the daily order of business. All efforts will be made to minimize deviations from the work plan.