Practical Information for WIPO Events

Where is WIPO?

World Intellectual Property Organization
34, chemin des Colombettes
1211 Geneva 20, Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 338 9111 | Fax: +41 22 733 5428
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Getting to WIPO...

Delegates arriving at Geneva Internationl Airport may obtain a free "Unireso ticket" from the ticket machines in the baggage collection area of the airport (before Customs). Tickets are valid on the Geneva public transport network for 80 minutes.

  • Travel by taxi – Time: 10 minutes | Cost approximately 30 Swiss francs
  • Travel by bus – Route 5 (direction 'Hôpital', stop at Nations) | Route 28 (direction Jardin Botanique, stop at 'Nations')
    • Bus services run every 15-20 minutes;
    • Journey time: 17 minutes

All visitors staying in Geneva hotels can obtain the free Geneva Transport Card. This personal, non-transferable pass gives the holder full access to Geneva's public transport network for the duration of their stay. Passes should be requested at the hotel reception desk on check-in.

  • by taxi – Cost approximately 30 Swiss francs (SF)
  • by bus:
    • Bus 5 (direction 'Aéroport', stop at 'Nations')
    • Bus 8 (direction 'OMS', stop at 'Nations')
    • Bus F (direction 'Ferney Voltaire', stop at 'Nations')
    • Bus Z (direction 'Bois-Chatton', stop at 'Nations')
  • by tram:
    • Tram 12 (direction 'Nations', stop at 'Nations')
    • Tram 13 (direction 'Nations', stop at 'Nations')

Journey time: 10 minutes

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Accessing WIPO

Access to the WIPO campus is via the WIPO Access Center located on the north side of the WIPO AB Building.

Warning – Access to and presence on the WIPO premises is restricted to persons wearing an official badge.  Smoking is prohibited inside WIPO buildings. Designated smoking areas are located around WIPO buildings.

Mobility

Access for persons with reduced mobility is available throughout WIPO premises. Guide-dogs for the visually-impaired are allowed. For information or assistance please contact us:

Facilities at WIPO

Meeting rooms

Room Location Capacity
Conference Hall 883
Room A AB Building 270
Room B AB Building 78
Salon Apollon AB Building 270
Room U. Uchtenhagen AB Mezzanine 37
Room L. Baeumer AB Mezzanine 36
Room J Bilger AB Mezzanine 24
AB 13.1 AB Building, 13th floor 49
CAM Room Celeste CAM Building (13, route des Morillons) 31

Computer facilities

A number of PCs, with free Internet access and shared printer, are available. Access is on a first-come/first-served basis. In the interests of other delegates, users are encouraged to reduce their access time in case of high demand.

  • Internet room on the ground floor of the WIPO Conference Hall;
  • behind the WIPO Information Center (ground floor of the AB Building)
  • Mezzanine level of the WIPO AB Building (Room AB 1.11);
  • WIPO Library (first floor of the NB Building).

WIFI – WIPOwifi4CONF

WIFI is available in all public areas. The access code will be provided to delegates at the WIPO registration desk. Users are requested to limit heavy downloading of information.

Webcasting

Offical WIPO meetings are publicly webcast. Sessions remain available as video-on-demand for a period of one year.

Cloakrooms

Self-service cloakrooms are located outside the plenary room of the Conference Hall and Room A in the WIPO AB Building. These areas are unattended; WIPO takes no responsibility for any loss or theft of property left there.

Delegates are encouraged not to bring luggage to WIPO and to secure personal property at all times. A number of lockers are available at the reception of the NB Building.

Lost and found – all inquiries should be addressed to the WIPO Access Center (Tel: +41 22 338 7942 or +41 22 338 7944 – available 24/7).

ATM | Bank | Post

A cash dispenser is available on the ground floor of the WIPO GBI Building (right-hand side of the lobby of the WIPO AB Building).  Swiss francs and Euros are available, using internationally-recognized credit cards.

The closest bank is the UBS Vermont-Nations Branch, 17bis Chemin Louis Dunant, 5 minutes walk from WIPO. Opening hours: 08:30 to 16:30. (Cash dispenser ATM 24/7).

The nearest post office is located at the CICG Conference Center, 17 Rue de Varembé. Opening hours: 08:00 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 18:00.

WIPO Medical Unit

WIPO's Medical Unit is located in the GBI Building (Room GBI 0.6) near the WIPO AB Building lobby (tel: +41 22 338 9128). Open Monday to Friday, 08:30 to 18:00)

A meditation room accessible to all delegates is located on the ground floor of the WIPO GBI Building (Room GBI 0.4), near the WIPO AB Building lobby

A pharmacy is located on 42A rue de Moillebeau, 10 minutes walk from WIPO. Tel: +41 22 740 0160

Geneva's Hôpital Cantonal – 24 rue Micheli-du-Crest, 1205 Geneva – is open 24/7. (Tel: +41 22 372 3311)

For Ambulance and Medical Emergency dial 144

Restaurants

WIPO's cafeterias, located in the PCT and NB Buildings, are open from 08:00 to 17:00. Lunch is served from 11:45 to 14:00. Both cafeterias offer a large variety of dishes, including vegetarian and take-out options.

A coffee/tea lounge with coin operated vending machines is available on the 13th floor of the AB Building.

Water dispensers are available throughout WIPO buildings, rooms and corridors.

A number of cafés and restaurants are situated within walking distance of the WIPO campus.

Consumption of food and drinks (except water) is not permitted in WIPO meeting rooms.

WIPO Library

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The WIPO Library, located on the first floor of the NB Building, is open Monday to Friday, from 09:00 to 17:00.

Traveling to and staying in Geneva

Important – All participants at WIPO events are responsible for obtaining their own visa.

Participants at WIPO meetings are expected to make their accommodation arrangements. WIPO does not have a hotel reservation service. Participants should book hotels directly or through their permanent missions.

  • Negotiated hotel rates issued by the United Nations Office at Geneva

Rooms can often be obtained at preferential rates in the following hotels:

Geneva Delegates Welcome Service

The Geneva Delegates Welcome Service (CAGI) offers logistical support for planning of accommodation and may grant financial aid to participants from least developed countries and non-governmental organizations, on a case-by-case basis. CAGI also offers free access to computers at a reasonable walking distance from WIPO (5 minutes). The service is available from 09:00 to 17:00 on week days and, subject to registration, from 06:00 to midnight on week-ends and public holidays. For more information contact CAGI.

Tips!

  • Currency: Swiss franc (CHF)
  • Local time: UTC +1 hour
  • Electricity: 220V