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​JCOMM-5 Session Information

Dear participants,

As a result of the high risk of eruption of Mount Agung volcano in Bali, WMO has been compelled to relocate all above meetings to WMO Headquarters in Geneva (Switzerland), during the same dates.

The following information is important for the reorganization of the meetings and facilitation of your attendance:


Participants funded by WMO are kindly requested to confirm their participation at the relevant meetings in Geneva as soon as possible to the following e-mail recipients:

  • JCOMM-5 and Marine Technical Conference  to:
  • Women's Marine Leadership Workshop to:

We recommend that self-funded participants take immediate action to change their tickets. 

information.png Information and registration desk

Registration for the TECO and JCOMM-5 will take place at the conference information and registration desk in WMO Headquarters and start on 22 October 2017 from 4 to 6 p.m. for the TECO and 24 October as of 4 p.m. for the JCOMM session. Registration will continue throughout the TECO and the session. At the time of registration, participants will receive identification badges, which should be worn throughout the session.

paperless.png Paperless session

Documents will be posted before and during the session on the session website, in line with WMO and UNESCO/IOC 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. Details for accessing and downloading Session Documents are here: Find-Download documents-website JCOMM-5.pdf

language.png Working languages

During the session, simultaneous interpretation in the six WMO official languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish) will be provided in the main conference room.


INF.png Material arrangements for the session

Material arrangements for the session are described in the INF1(1) document available from the Information Documents section of this website.

Nomination of candidates as experts to undertake the work of JCOMM as members of a group or an expert team

We are seeking nominations of national experts to voluntarily participate in the work of the groups and expert teams of the Commission. You are requested to fill in and submit this electronic form. Once you have completely filled out the form, your Permanent Representative with WMO or your National Coordinating Body for liaison with the IOC must send an email with their approval to and This step is essential to register your information in the online database, to be used for the selection process. More details about the nomination of candidates can be found here.

Visa.png Entry requirements

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 present notification with the visa application. It is advisable that such applications be made as soon as possible. Please inform us through if 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:



hotel.png Hotel

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.

(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 consult the Geneva Tourism official website. 

event.png Transportation from airport

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: Here.

information.png Contact information of local organizing committee (LOC)

Due to relocation of the Science Summit and CAS-17 Session from Denpasar, Bali to Geneva, all enquiries should be sent to with copy to