Information for participants


The fourth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC-4) of the Rotterdam Convention will take place in Geneva from 10-13 March 2008 at the Varembé Conference Center . The meeting will be opened at 10.00 a.m. on Monday 10th March.

Meeting venue

Varembé Conference Centre
Rue de Varembé 9
1211 Geneva 20, Switzerland
For a map of the center surrounding area, please click here
Registration of Delegates and Admission to Meetings

The Registration desk will be open from Sunday from 11.00 to 15.00 and Monday from 09.00 hrs to 15:00 hrs

The meeting will open at 10.00 hrs on Monday.

Participants must enter at the Centre main entrance, and proceed to the Registration desk to register and pick up their Building Passes.

Access to the Center is permitted only for persons in possession of a valid Building Pass.

Passes will only be issued after the registration process has been successfully completed. Valid identification will need to be presented to registration officials in order to collect the Building Pass.

Delegates are requested not to leave briefcases or any valuable items unattended in conference rooms.

Meeting documents

Documents for the meeting were mailed to the Participants. Meeting documents are also posted on the Convention’s website as soon as they become available (see section on ‘meetings and documents’). In the interest of efficiency, a limited number of copies will be available at the conference facilities; participants are therefore encouraged to carry their own copies of documents to the meeting,

Information for funded participants

DSA will be paid to funded participants by cheque, from 10-13 March. These checks can be cashed by participants at the UBS in Palais des Nations, gate 6, from 8.30 am to 16.00 hrs

Local transportation

Geneva's Cointrin International Airport is about five km away from the Varembé Centre (only about ten minutes by taxi). Geneva's main railway station, Cornavin, is 2 km from the Conference Centre and linked with public transportation (tramway and bus) as well as taxis. If you want to reach the Varembé Conference Centre by car, you can use the parking lot ‘des Nations’, on Varembé road, about 80 m away from the Varembé Centre.

Geneva's public transport is fast, frequent, safe and clean. From the airport, you can take bus 10 to downtown Geneva (cost 3,30 CHF). You can also take the train for the same price. Connections are approximately every 8 minutes.

To get to the Conference Centre from the main train station, Cornavin, you can take bus number 5 (get off at Vermont or Varembé), bus 8 (get off at IUT) or tram 13/15, direction Nations (get off at "Sismondi").
Taxis are easily available and safe but comparatively expensive. You can call 022 320 22 02 or 022 331 41 33 if you need a taxi.

Hotel reservations

Delegates are required to handle their own hotel reservation by contacting hotels directly. A list of hotels is available for your convenience. Please click here

Where to eat

It is possible to get snacks or a lunch at the Conference Centre. There are also some restaurants within walking distance from the Centre. A provisional list and map of lunch places is available for download.


The currency of Switzerland is the Swiss Franc. The UBS (United Bank of Switzerland ) is situated on Chemin Louis-Dunant (parallel street:
1 Swiss franc =  approximately 0.90
US $, 0.62 Euro and 0.46 UK pounds.

Internet access

An Internet Café will be available to delegates at the Varembé Centre. Wireless Internet Service is available throughout the Centre.

Other useful links

Geneva International Airport
Map of Geneva with search function

For specific questions, you are always welcome to contact the Secretariat.

Secretariat for the Rotterdam Convention
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
11-13 Chemin des Anémones
CH-1219 Châtelaine GE
Tel:  +41 22  917 8296
Fax: +41 22  917 8082