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RA VI-17

information.pngInformation and registration desk

Registration for the RECO and the seventeenth session of the Regional Association VI (RA VI-17) will take place at the conference information and registration desk at the WMO Headquarters and start on 4 February 2018, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. It will continue throughout the RECO and the session. At the time of registration, participants will receive identification badges, which should be worn throughout the session.

paperless.pngPaperless session

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.

Details for accessing and downloading Session Documents are here: Find-download VI-17.pdf

language.pngWorking languages

During the session, simultaneous interpretation in four WMO official languages (English, French, Russian and Spanish) will be provided in the main conference room. Additional meeting rooms without interpretation facilities will also be available.

The RECO meeting will be in English only.

INF.pngMaterial 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.

Visa.pngEntry requirements

All participants who require a valid visa for admission to Switzerland should make their application for visas directly to the competent representation of Switzerland responsible for the applicant’s country of residence. Applications must be made as soon as possible (minimum 20 days but maximum 3 months before departure). 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.

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 the Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization, in accordance with Annex I of the General Regulations of the Organization, who will in turn submit it to Switzerland for advice or assistance.

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.pngHotel reservation

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.pngTransportation 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.pngContact information of local organizing committee (LOC)

All enquiries related to the organization of the Regional Conference or the Regional Association should be sent to with copy to