Practical Information

Where is WIPO?

World Intellectual Property Organization
34, chemin des Colombettes
1202 Geneva, Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 338 9111 | Fax: +41 22 733 5428
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Getting to WIPO...

  • Travel by taxi – Time: 10 minutes | Cost approximately 30 Swiss francs
  • Travel by bus – Bus 5 (direction 'Thônex-Vallard', stop at Nations)
    • Bus services run every 10 minutes;
    • Journey time: 12 minutes
    • Cost: 3 Swiss francs (Adult fare)
  • by taxi – Cost approximately 30 Swiss francs (SF)
  • by bus:
    • Bus F (direction 'Ferney-Voltaire or Gex l'Aiglette', stop at 'Nations')
    • Bus 5 (direction Aéroport, stop at Nations)
    • Bus 8 (direction OMS, stop at Nations)
    • Bus 20 (direction 'Colovrex', stop at 'Nations')
  • by tram:
    • Tram 15 (direction 'Nations', stop at 'Nations')

Journey time: 10 minutes

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Information on COVID-19 measures

To keep you and others safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, WIPO has put in place a number of health-safety measures.

On the premises

While on WIPO premises, the following COVID-19 barrier and distancing measures are recommended:

  • wear a mask when in a shared space
  • keep at least 1.5 meters from others at all times
  • Please note that masks are available in WIPO’s reception desks and as you enter the main conference rooms
  • If you are feeling unwell while onsite, please inform a WIPO staff member so that they may help you contact our Medical Services for advice

If travelling from another country to attend a meeting on WIPO premises

Participants should carefully consider the current public health situation and envisage participating online to our meetings.  Participants who nonetheless wish to attend physically should note that arrangements would be contingent upon possible COVID-19 travel restrictions and that they will be solely responsible for ascertaining their personal situation in relation to policies from their home country, Switzerland and any in-transit country regarding quarantine and other COVID-19 measures in place. 

If you are participating as a Financed Delegate, please refer to your invitation letter and contact the Secretariat in charge of the meeting should you have any questions related to travel.

Remote Participation

Delegates not attending in person may follow the live transmission of the meetings proceedings online, either through the live webcasting or through the online remote participation platform (“online platform”). The online platform user-guide for WIPO delegates, together with additional information, can be found on the WIPO Virtual and Hybrid Meetings webpage.

Delegates who may need to take the floor remotely should connect via the online platform. Registered remote delegates will be individually contacted concerning technical arrangements. It is strongly suggested to familiarize yourselves with the platform before using it.

For any delegate who does not plan to take the floor, webcasting is the simplest way to follow the proceedings, since it is easy to access and does not require any pre-meeting authentication, training or connectivity testing processes.

Accessing WIPO

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

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.

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.

Participants will be subject to badge control at the entry points. Badges should be worn in plain sight at all times.

UN-badge holders and Geneva-based permanent mission participants who already have valid UN photo badges may use them.

Other participants will be provided with a WIPO badge upon their arrival. Participants are requested to present a photo identification document (ID) at the counter, which is open as from 8:00 a.m. Any loss of a WIPO badge should be reported without delay to the WIPO Access Center desk.

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

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;
  • Mezzanine level of the WIPO AB Building (Room AB 1.11);
  • WIPO Library (first floor of the NB Building);
  • Software for the visually impaired installed on these computers allows web pages to be read aloud to users.

WIFI

WIFI is available in all public areas. The access code will be provided to delegates at the WIPO registration desk.

Webcasting

Official 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: 10:00 – 17:30 on Mondays; 09:00 – 17:30 Tuesday to Friday. (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 nursing space is located on the ground floor of the WIPO GBI Building (GBI0.2), opposite the cash dispenser machine, 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

Cafeteria, coffee bars and lunch facilities

A cafeteria is located in the WIPO NB Building. The WIPO cafeteria located in the PCT Building is temporarily closed until further notice.

A coffee/tea lounge coin-operated vending machine 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 Knowledge Center

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The physical library space is accessible upon request.  Contact us for an appointment.

Traveling to and staying in Geneva

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

Participants at WIPO meetings and events are expected to make their own 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. For more information contact CAGI.

Tips!

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

Telephones

When phoning locally in Geneva from a fixed phone, replace “+41 22” by “022” or “+41 79” by “079” and so on. Incoming calls should be made to the WIPO switchboard (Tel: +41 22 338 9111).

Security Information:

Delegates are discouraged from bringing their luggage to WIPO and to secure their personal property at all times. All inquiries concerning lost and found items should be addressed to the WIPO Access Center (Tel: +41 22 338 9338 or +41 22 338 7219 – 24/7).

Regarding personal safety and security, delegates should remain vigilant regarding their safety and the security of their property. Petty crime and crimes using distraction methods are common in a number of areas in the city (train/bus terminals) and involve pickpocketing as well as purse and/or cell-phone snatching. Robbery and/or threats of robbery are uncommon, but not unheard of. If accosted, do not resist and comply with demands to turn over personal property. Remember that your personal safety is of paramount concern.

WIPO Safety and Security Coordination Service (SSCS) recommend that delegates make copies of their passports and other identification, carrying the copies on their person. It is advisable to secure original, important documents/identification in hotel safes.

  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • Take note of fire safety instructions in your hotel (emergency exits).
  • Take care and secure your personal property (luggage/briefcase/electronics, etc.).
  • Do not carry large amounts of cash with you and do not expose expensive jewelry in public.
  • When possible, avoid walking alone especially in the evening, try to use crowded routes and keep to well-lit areas.
  • Use public transport modes (bus/train/taxi) that are considered safe modes of moving about the city.
  • Be aware of individuals presenting themselves as police officers and always ask for formal police identification. Police identity cards feature a photo of the officer, their name and rank and are inscribed with the Republic and Canton of Geneva, as well as the word “Police” crossed with a yellow and red line.  If there is uncertainty regarding the authenticity of a police officer, challenge him, attract the attention of others and if possible call the police emergency number (117).
  • Be particularly vigilant at the airport, the train station and when checking into your hotel.
  • Never leave valuables on car seats – doing so attracts the attention of thieves.
  • Be careful when using bank machines and note if anyone is lingering about. If you feel uncomfortable, find another ATM.
  • Carry your hotel information with you: phone number, address, hotel taxi service.

Please report all security (crime/attempts) incidents to the Police (Tel:  117) and to WIPO’s Safety Security Coordination Service (SSCS - Security Operation Center 9999 or + 41 22 338 9999, security.coordination@wipo.int).  SSCS is available 24/7 to provide delegates with assistance if a police report is required and to provide liaison with the Geneva Diplomatic Police Group.

WIPO’s onsite security guard force is available to assist you, should a safety/security incident occur on the WIPO campus or in close proximity to it, and if immediate assistance is required.  They may be reached via the emergency number 9999 from WIPO internal phones and via +41 22 338 9999 on external phone lines.  Further information and advice on security matters in Geneva can be found on the web site of Geneva Police

While on the WIPO premises and during their stay in Geneva, participants may find the following contacts useful:

WIPO Safety and Security Coordination Service (SSCS):  + 41 22 338 9999 (24/7)

Police:  117

Medical emergency:  144

Fire Brigade:  118

Roadside assistance:  140

Geneva lost & found:  +41 22 546 0900

Centre Médical du Léman:  17 rue Alfred-Vincent, 1201 Geneva

(Tel:  +41 22 716 0660.  Open Monday to Friday, 08:00 to 18:00.)

Hôpital Cantonal:  4 rue Gabrielle Perret-Gentil, 1205 Geneva

(Tel:  +41 22 372 3311.  Open 24/7)

Emergency home doctor visits:  +41 22 748 4950

Pharmacy close to WIPO:  Pharmacie Populaire, rue de Montbrillant 67, 1202 Geneva (Tel:  +41 22318 69 12)