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). 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 8-14, 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. The nearest public transport stop is “Nations”. For more information on public transport itinerary, please visit the Geneva public transport website.
UN Security Measures
In order to attend the meetings, you will need to to bring a passport or national identity card and obtain a badge from the Security,
Villa Les Feuillantines
Avenue de la Paix 13, 1211 Genève 10
Weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4.45 p.m.
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.
Kindly note that you must enter the Palais des Nations through the Peace Gate “bis”, a new temporary access screening point.
Meeting Room XVII, 1st floor E Building
The ISAR 39th session and the workshop will take 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.
Palais des Nations Map
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 on the first floor of the E building.
- The UN Pasta Corner at the Bar Serpent serves a wide range of pasta dishes.
- The UN Cafétéria 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 “Cafétéria” will guide you from the Meeting Room. ISAR staff will be also available to assist if needed.
An UBS bank ATM is available to withdraw cash (Swiss Francs and Euros), on the 2nd floor of the E Building.
Wifi is available in most areas of the Palais des Nations, allowing you to access free internet.
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.
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 gate only.
Should you have any trouble finding the meeting room, please contact:
Telephone: +41 22 917 2854