CSO Partners for Change

Logistical note

Logistical Note

We look forward to your participation in the CSO Consultation Partners for change :Civil Society engagement in ICPD+25 in the UNECE on 30 September and the UNECE Conference on ICPD+25 Enabling Choices: Population Dynamics and Sustainable Development on 1-2 October. Some of you will also be attending the Youth Consultation on 29 September.

If you are attending the CSO Consultation, you will have to have registered in advance and registration is now closed.  

The following information will, we hope, assist you after you arrive in Geneva:

Meeting venues:

Youth Consultation (29 September):

Warwick Hotel | Meeting Room: Rigi & Cervin
Rue de Lausanne 14, Geneva |1201| Switzerland |+41 22 716 8000

Civil Society Organizations (30 September):

Warwick Hotel | Meeting Room: Mont-Blanc & Jura
Rue de Lausanne 14, Geneva |1201| Switzerland |+41 22 716 8000 

ICPD+25 Regional Conference (1-2 October):

Palais des Nations, Salle XVIII

Travelling from the Geneva International Airport and around Geneva

If you are travelling by air, you will arrive at the Geneva International Airport.

Free travel from the airport

Free tickets for public transport are available from a machine in the baggage collection area (on the left hand side just before passing customs) at Geneva International Airport. This Unireso ticket allows you free travel in Geneva for a period of 80 minutes. If there is a ticket inspection on the Transports Publics Genevois, CFF (Swiss Railways) or Mouettes Genevoises (municipal ferries), you may be asked to show their airline ticket. Once you arrive at a hotel, youth hostel or campsite, you will be given a bus pass which allows you to use public transport in Geneva free of charge during the period of your stay.

Public transport (transports publics genevois)

If you don’t have a bus pass, you must buy a ticket at the machine before you board a tram, bus or ferry. Ticket machines are available at most stops. Travel cards or passes can also be purchased at the main TPG centres (Rive, Cornavin and Bachet de Pesay) and at newsstands (including at the “Naville” kiosk in the Palais). Tickets are not available on the bus itself.

Please note: Taxis are very expensive in Geneva and we do not reimburse taxi fares.

Warwick Geneva is across the road to the left as you stand in front of the main station, Gare Cornavin. Many trams and buses stop at Gare Cornavin: 1, 3, 5, 8, 9, 14, 15, 18, 25, 27, 61, F, V, Z. If you are coming directly from the airport, you can take the train. All trains from the airport stop at the Gare Cornavin and take about 8 mins. Bus number 5 also goes to the Cornavin from the Airport every 30 minutes. The journey takes 20 minutes.

Hotels for funded participants

The hotels for funded participants are within walking distance of the Gare Cornavin and also the Warwick Hotel.  

Ibis Geneve Centre Gare
10 Rue Voltaire
Geneva GE 1201

tel: +41 22 338 20 20

Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/cV84QBmHHpE2

Hotel Astoria
6 Place de Cornavin
Geneva GE 1201

Tel: +41 (0) 22 544 5252

Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/4teKEYJtbCE2

Hotel Excelsior
Rue J – J Rousseau 34
Geneva GE 1201

tel: +41227320945

Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/VdFu5TSpH422 

Montbrillant Hotel
2 rue de Montbrillant
Geneva GE 1201

tel: +41227337784 

Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/NpiySVAhns42

Hotel rooms, including breakfast, will be pre-paid. You will be personally responsible for all other expenditures). Per diems for funded participants will be given out during the Lunch break at the CSO Consultation.

Palais des Nations

Arriving at the Palais

To attend ICPD+25 Regional Conference at the Palais des Nations, you must have registered in advance. Registration is now closed.

You must enter through  the Pregny Gate (Portail Pregny - see map) entrance, which faces the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) headquarters on the Route de Pregny.

The Place des Nations (“Nations” stop) and Prégny Gate (“Appia” stop) entrances of the Palais are served by a number of tram and bus lines. The Place des Nations entrance, however is only for staff or delegates with a badge, valid identity document and accompanied by a staff member and who are not carrying luggage (laptops, rucksacks and hand bags are permitted). It is about a 500-metre walk uphill from the Place des Nations entrance to the Prégny entrance.

Buses 8, F, V, Z stop at both “Nations” and “Appia”.
Buses 11, 22 and tram 15 stop at “Nations”.

Buses to and from the airport

Bus 28 goes from the airport to the Pregny Gate entrance (“Appia” stop), as well as to the Place des Nations (“Nations” stop).
Bus 5 goes from the airport to Nations

To obtain your identity badge from the Security Services, you will be asked to present a valid passport or a national identity card. Your badge is strictly for your own personal use.

Please expect delays which are lengthy and you have to wait in the open air. The process opens for badges at 08.30 and you are advised to arrive early if possible, as everyone will be registering at the same time.

Security measures at the Palais des Nations

Users of the Palais des Nations are kindly informed that, access to the Palais has been made more secure and most of the doors will be controlled by a centralized access security system and can only be opened by means of a magnetic United Nations grounds pass issued to authorized users. Only four doors (C-6, A-15, A-17 and E-40) will be accessible without a magnetic grounds pass from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. during working days to enable access to visitors and conference participants. Users can also exit the Palais through these four doors after 7:00 p.m.

Please consult the Brochure on the new security measures to access the Palais des Nations.

Please see map of UNOG Open Access (7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.) through doors C6, A15, A17 and E40

Personal luggage

You may bring into the Palais only the type of luggage that is normally considered as carry-on luggage by airline companies e.g. computer bags, rucksacks and hand bags. Should you have large luggage, after you have received your identity badge, the luggage will be stored for you by the Security Service if sufficient space is available.

*Disclaimer: The United Nations Office at Geneva declines all responsibility for any luggage stored. All pieces of luggage found unattended may be impounded and disposed of by the Security Services. Any costs related to the latter action may be charged to the owner of the luggage.

Making telephone calls in the Palais des Nations

All internal telephone numbers start with 7 and are followed by four digits. To make local Geneva calls, dial 0, followed by the prefix 022. 

For other national or international calls, public telephones are at your disposal in the main foyers of the Palais. These accept prepaid cards and credit cards.

Other useful information:

Weather conditions

We suggest that you check September and October weather conditions at this web page.


The currency is the Swiss franc (CHF), although Euros are also used in some places.

Electrical current and appliances

Electricity in Switzerland is 220 volts, 50 cycle AC. Most U.S. appliances require a converter and an adapter to operate, although some dual voltage items such as laptops may only require an adapter. Some European appliances may also require an adaptor as Switzerland uses a 3-prong outlet system that is different from most continental plugs.

Useful links