This welcome kit has been prepared to provide you with some orientation and logistical information for your visit to Geneva and the United Nations premises. We hope that it will be useful and assist you during your stay.
Arrival at the airport
The Geneva International Airport is located near the city center. For participants staying in the center of Geneva it is recommended to take the train to Gare Cornavin (Geneva’s main train station). As a passenger arriving at the airport, you may avail of a free ticket for the train inside the baggage claim area. Note that if you leave the baggage claim area before obtaining your free ticket, you cannot return – so please remember to get this before going through customs. The ticket is valid for 1 hour only. Photo of the ticket machine is below for your reference.
All trains departing from Geneva International Airport pass through Geneva central station – Cornavin. Therefore, you can take the next available train, and after a journey of approximately 7 minutes you will arrive at Cornavin.
If you would like to take public transport directly to the UN premises, we recommend you to take the No. 5 bus in the direction of “Thônex-Vallard” and disembark at the “Nations” stop. The journey takes approximately 10 minutes.
Taxis are also available at the arrivals level of the airport.
Where does the meeting take place?
The meeting will take place in the premises of the United Nations of Geneva, also called Palais des Nations. The Palais des Nations is located near to the center of Geneva. The exact address and location map are below:
Palais des Nations, Avenue de la Paix 14, 1211 Genève 10
Tel: +41 (0) 22 917 1234
How to get to the Palais des Nations
The Palais des Nations is well connected to an efficient and reliable public transport system – buses, trams, and taxis are readily available. Kindly note that you must enter the Palais des Nation through the UN Pregny Gate.
- From the main bus/rail station – Gare Cornavin – you may take the tram number 15 toward “Nations” and get off at the terminus by the Place des Nations, where you can see the Broken Chair. You will need to walk 5-10 minutes up Avenue de la Paix to reach the Pregny Gate.
- Alternatively, you can take the No. 8 bus and get off at the stop “Appia”. The Pregny Gate is across the road from the bus stop.
- From the airport, take the bus number 5 toward Thônex-Vallard and get off at “Nations” stop. The journey is about 10. You will need to walk 5-10 minutes up Avenue de la Paix to reach the Pregny Gate.
For more information on public transport itinerary, please visit http://www.tpg.ch/fr/web/guest (available only in French).
UN Security Measures
In order to attend the meetings, you will need to enter the Palais des Nations via the Pregny Gate. The Pregny Gate is located along Route du Pregny on the North side of the Palais des Nations.
Please note that you are required to bring a passport or national identity card to be presented to the Security at the Pregny Gate. Due to the existing security measures in force, participants are strongly advised to arrive early, as some delays can be expected, in order to complete the security procedures and reach the session in good time.
The Security Service is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (non-stop).
Persons with disabilities
To facilitate access to the premises for persons with disabilities, priority access is automatically provided upon arrival at the Pregny Gate. After passing through the priority lane, Security Officers will issue a special badge for persons with disabilities that allows them to open the door that is accessible through the elevator on the side of the gate. Security will also provide a map of the Palais, which clearly indicates accessible doors, elevators and restrooms.
Palais des Nations Map
IPSAS Workshop – Room XVII, 1st floor E Building
The Workshop will be taking place in Room XVII, of the E building. Once you have passed through security, follow the pathway to the left towards the E building. The E Building is the large grey building – see photo below. Enter through the main door (door 40) – note: you will now be on the 2nd floor – and take the stairs/elevator down to the first floor. Room XVII will be indicated with ISAR posters.
ISAR 34 Meeting – Room XVII, 1st floor E Building
The Meeting will be taking place in Room XVII, of the E building. Once you have passed through security, follow the pathway to the left towards the E building. The E Building is the large grey building – see photo above. Enter through the main door (door 40) – note: you will now be on the 2nd floor – and take the stairs/elevator down to the first floor. Room XVII will be indicated with ISAR posters.
Navigating the Palais
Food and beverages
There are several choices for food and beverages in the UN. The two closest are:
- The Bar Serpent offers you coffees, pastries, sandwiches and salads. It is conveniently located next to the conference room on the first floor.
- The UN Pasta Corner at the Bar Serpent serves a wide range of pasta dishes.
- The UN Caféteria is open to participants as well as UN Staff. You will find a full range of meals and drinks. It is located on the ground floor, in the A building. The signs “Caféteria” will guide you from the Meeting Room XVIII. ISAR staff will be also available to assist if needed.
- UN Delegates Restaurant – 8th floor A Building. A la carte menus are available. It is necessary to make an advance reservation. – telephone: +41 22 917 3588
An UBS bank ATM is available to withdraw cash (Swiss Francs and Euros), on the 2nd floor of the E Building. From the meeting room take the stairs/elevators to the 2nd floor.
The Palais des Nations is a Wifi zone and is available in most areas of the premises, allowing you to access free internet. There will also be free internet access provided in the Meeting Room.
A free access cybercafé is available close to the Serpent Bar. It will give you the opportunity to use the available computers to access the Internet and use the most common software.
Shopping and souvenirs
Several shops sell UN branded souvenirs, postcards, and books. You can find the main shop, in the main lobby – 2nd floor of the E building- near the main entrance.
There are other facilities such as a post office, a bank, a newsagent, SAFI, available in the Palais des Nations. Please refer to the above map to locate them.
A list of hotels in Geneva can be found here.
The UNOG Medical Service is located in the basement of Building S, near door S2, and is open from 8am to 5pm.
Lost and Found
The UNOG Lost and Found office collects all items that are handed in. For inquiries, please call at +41 (0)22 917 1948.
You may contact the following companies should you need to book a taxi:
- Taxi-company 1: + 41 (0) 22 33 141 33
- Taxi company 2: + 41 (0) 22 731 41 41
Please note that taxis are not permitted inside the UN premises. They will drop off/pick up at the Pregny gate only.