11th UNGIWG Plenary Meeting

General Information

Date: 
Monday, March 14, 2011 (All day) to Friday, March 18, 2011 (All day)
Venue (short): 
WMO Building, Geneva, Switzerland

The UNGIWG-11 meeting in Geneva marks the second consecutive UNGIWG Plenary led by Co-Chairs from the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). The Co-Chairs are David STEVENS, UN-SPIDER Programme Coordinator at UNOOSA in Vienna, Austria, and Makane FAYE, Officer-in-Charge, e-Applications Section at UNECA in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. UNGIWG-11 is a meeting for both UNGIWG Members as well as UNGIWG Partners.

 

David STEVENS (UNOOSA)  Makane FAYE (UNECA)

 

Keynotes

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Monday, March 14, 2011 (All day)

Lecturer: David Thomas (WMO)

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Monday, March 14, 2011 (All day)

Lecturer: Sara Farmer (UN Secretariat)

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Monday, March 14, 2011 (All day)

Lecturer: Matjaz Prah

Slides:
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Monday, March 14, 2011 (All day)

Lecturer: Peter Leth (UNICEF)

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Monday, March 14, 2011 (All day)

- Centre of Excellence for UNSDI Project

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011 (All day)

Lecturer: UNSDI Gazetter

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011 (All day)

Lecturer: Mark Becker (CIESIN)

Slides:
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Tuesday, March 15, 2011 (All day)

Lecturer: Tomas Mildorf (University of West Bohemia)

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011 (All day)

Lecturer: Alessandro Annoni (JRC/EC)

Flash file available upon request from UNGIWG Secretariat

Slides:
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Tuesday, March 15, 2011 (All day)

Lecturer: Suha Ulgen

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011 (All day)

Lecturer: Jihad Abdalla

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011 (All day)

Lecturer: Giorgio Satori

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011 (All day)

Lecturer: Luc St. Pierre and Firas Al-Sagban

Slides:
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Tuesday, March 15, 2011 (All day)

Lecturer: Andrew Alspach

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011 (All day)

Lecturer: Makane Faye

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011 (All day)

Lecturer: David Stevens

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011 (All day)

Lecturer: Roberto Lucchi

Venue

WMO Lunch

 

The UNGIWG-11 meeting will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), 14-16 March 2011. The Plenary will take place in Salle B, with one break-out room (8 Jura) available at the disposal of the Co-Chairs as required.

Google Maps

 

 

 

Geneva World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
7bis, avenue de la Paix, Case postale No. 2300,
CH-1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland

Tel.: + 41(0) 22 730 81 11
Fax: + 41(0) 22 730 81 81

 

Opening date and place of the session

UNGIWG-11 will be held in Salle B at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) headquarters, 7
bis avenue de la Paix, CH-1211 Geneva 2.

Security registration and conferences passes

Security regulations at the WMO require that all participants possess conference badges. To enter the
WMO building, the participants of the session will receive a badge at the beginning of the session.

Participants are requested not to leave any luggage or briefcases unattended.

Lost and found is operated in the WMO, by the Security Service located at the reception. Lost and found
can be reached at the following number: +41 22 730 84 24 (you should dial the last four digits when
calling from a WMO internal phone).

Catering service

A self-service restaurant is situated at the top of the WMO building. The cafeteria is opened from 7.30
am to 5.00 pm.

Banks

A bank is situated at the WTO building, rue de Lausanne, down the street from the WMO building.
Currency exchanges and other services are available from Monday to Friday.

Medical services

In case of emergency, please call extension 55 20.

Postal service

The nearest post office is situated at the UN Headquarters (door 6), 10 minutes walking distance up the road from WMO,

Travel services

The American Express Travel Agency (ground floor of the WMO building), extension 80 15, for flight
booking and confirmation.

The WMO Travel Unit (Room 1J98, 1st floor, WMO Secretariat) for the payment of travel expenses. It is
opened from Monday to Friday (9 to 12 a.m. and 2 to 4.30 p.m.). The Travel Unit is closed on Saturdays.

Smoking

The entire WMO building is a smoke-free environment.

Travel Information

Transportation

http://www.tpg.ch/index.php/tpg/horaires

http://www.unireso.com/pages/index.shtml (in French only)

Travel free on public transportation while in Geneva.
 

Arrival at Geneva International Airport (Cointrin)
The airport is located at nearly 4 km from Geneva city centre. It is easily reachable by train or by bus
using the public transport system (Unireso). Only one single ticket is required to travel by train, tram,
bus or boat in the area France-Vaud-Geneva.

Tourist information and tickets can be obtained at the Unireso information counter in the Arrivals hall of
the airport, on the leaving customs control. Tickets can also be purchased from the machines located at
bus stops (CHF or Euro change required) and at the Swiss railway station.

Geneva International (Cointrin) (http://www.gva.ch)
(Free bus ticket at baggage claim before exiting airport customs)

Bus
-Stops near WMO building: Rigot, Genève-Secheron, Jardin Botanique
-From the airport (Cointrin) to the main railway station (Cornavin) - Bus No. 10
-From the airport (Cointrin) to WMO building
- Bus No. 28
-Railway station (Cornavin) to WMO building
- Bus No. 1


Train
-From the airport (Cointrin) to the main railway station (Cornavin)
-From the main railway station (Cornavin) to the WMO building (takes three minutes, twice an hour,
train stop: Genève-Secheron)
-Connections can be made for national and international connections from Cointrin and Cornavin
(http://www.unireso.com/scripts/reseaux/reseaux1.php?annee=20070827&id=118)


Taxis
There is a very good taxi service from the airport. The airport is situated approximately 5 km from the
centre of Geneva.

 

About Geneva

General Informtaion on Wikipedia

Plan and City Guide

 

Languages, Currency and Credit Cards

The languages spoken in Switzerland are French, German and Italian. The currency is the Swiss Franc
(CHF). Most hotels, restaurants and shops accept internationally valid credit cards.

 

Time Zone

Switzerland follows Central European Time, which is Universal Coordinated Time + 1, during the period
of the session.

 

Electricity

The electricity voltage is 220V 50 Hz , power sockets. Swiss adapter plugs can be obtained from the
Conference Services Unit at request and upon deposit of 10 CHF.

 

Shopping

Shops are opened on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9.00a.m. to 7.00 p.m. ; on Thursdays
from 9.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m.; on Fridays from 9.00 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9.00 a.m. to
6.00 p.m. Shops are closed on Sundays.

Accomodations

Hotels situated near to WMO building are as follows:

Hotel Mon Repos ***
131 rue de Lausanne
Tel: +41 022 909 3 909
Fax: +41 022 909 39 93
http://www.hmrge.ch

Hotel Eden ***
135 rue de Lausanne
Tel:+41 022 716 37 00
Fax: +41 022 731 52 60
http://www.eden.ch

Mention that you are attending a WMO meeting to receive a reduced UN rate for your hotel room. A more complete list of hotels, which can also be searched by category, is to be found on the homepage of the Geneva Tourist Office (click on accommodation / hébergement: http://www.geneve-tourisme.ch/ (click on desired language E / F).