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.
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 documents-session.website-RA VI-17.pdf
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.
Material arrangements for the session are described in the INF1(1) document available from 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 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 email@example.com, if you require an individual
invitation letter for your visa application.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
All enquiries related to the organization of the Regional Conference or the Regional Association should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with copy to email@example.com