Admission and fees Hotel reservations Right to Speak
Bank Interpretation Seating arrangements
Climate in October Medical service Swiss entry visas
Cloakroom Meeting rooms Telecommunications
Conference venue Parking Transportation
Documentation Post Office Travel Agency
Electrical appliances Press Working hours
Feedback Registration of participants
Forum information session Restaurants

Admission and fees

The Forum is open to:

Participation by all ITU members (Member States and Sector members) is at no cost. Observers to ITU conferences and meetings including those from other international organizations may attend at no cost, but must complete a formal registration and may not directly take part in the debate. Media representatives are entitled to attend at no cost following formal accreditation by the Press Office but are not entitled to directly participate. The Forum is also open to attendance, but not direct participation, by the general public, subject to a registration fee of 200 Swiss Francs. Any entity which does not fall within any of the established category is considered as part of the general public. This fee will be payable at the Registration Desk and may be paid in cash or by credit card (American Express, Diners Club, Visa and Eurocard/MasterCard).


A bank, where currency can be exchanged and which is also accessible from inside the conference centre, is situated next to the Post Office. It is open continuously from 08h00 to 16h30.

Climate in October

The climate in Geneva in October is mild to fresh, with daytime temperatures around 12-18C.


A self-service cloakroom is available in the main lobby of the CICG. The area is not controlled, and the ITU holds no responsibility for loss or theft.

Conference venue

The ITU World Telecommunication Policy Forum will be held at the Geneva International Conference Centre (CICG), 15 rue de Varembé, 1202 Geneva, from 21 to 23 October 1996. The CICG is located opposite the ITU buildings, between the Rue de Vermont and the Rue de Varembé.

During the event, participants may be contacted as follows:

Telephone number

      +41 22 734 2800

Telefax (group 3)
(group 4)

      +41 22 733 7256
      +41 22 730 6500


Each message must clearly indicate the name of the participant and the name of his/her administration/company to ensure distribution.


The Policy Forum has as its agenda the discussion and exchange of views and information on the following policy and regulatory issues raised by the introduction of global mobile personal communications systems and services by satellite:

The Policy Forum will have one document - the Secretary-General's Report - as the basis of its discussions. This document incorporates all contributions by and comments received from members on the draft circulated in advance of the Forum. Copies of the report have been sent at the end of July 1996 to all ITU members and will be sent to all pre-registered participants upon acceptance of their registration.

Another document of potential interest to Forum participants is the report of the third ITU regulatory colloquium on GMPCS. This document is available on request from the ITU at fax: +41 22 730 5881 or from the World-Wide Web at

Upon arrival, participants are advised to verify at the Registration Desk whether they have the latest edition of the Secretary-General's Report. The report will be available to participants and attendees in English, French and Spanish.

The final document of the Forum will be available to all participants at the close of the event. It will subsequently be posted on World-Wide Web at for public access.

Electrical appliances

The electric current in Switzerland is 220V/50Hz.


The organizers would be grateful to receive immediate feedback from the participants concerning the Forum arrangements. For this purpose, evaluation sheets will be distributed on the final day of the Forum which can be completed on the spot or returned shortly afterwards by mail or fax.

Forum Information Session

A Special Information Session is planned to take place on 20 October from 10h00 to 13h00 and 14h30 to 17h30 at the CICG. The purpose of this session is to present factual information regarding GMPCS systems and services and to answer questions from delegates. This would allow the Forum to concentrate on the policy and regulatory issues raised by these systems and services.

Hotel reservations

Procedures for hotel reservations

Since other conferences and meetings are scheduled in Geneva during the period of the Forum, it is essential for participants to book their hotel rooms well in advance.

The procedure should be followed in order to simplify the reservation of hotel rooms and to take advantage of the special terms extended to delegates attending ITU conferences and meetings.

Bookings must be made by delegates in their own name, without going through a travel agent or airline company. Bookings must be confirmed by post or fax using the confirmation form. This confirmation form must be sent directly to the hotel. Hotel rooms cannot be booked by the ITU.

When checking in, delegates may be required to provide evidence that they are attending an ITU meeting (such as a letter of acceptance of registration, etc.).

List of hotels

A number of hotels in Geneva and the surrounding area offer preferential rates to delegates participating in ITU conferences and meetings.

Confirmation form for hotel reservations

Hotels will not accept room bookings if they are not submitted on this Confirmation Form.


Simultaneous interpretation will be available in English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic and Chinese. All discussions will take place in Plenary meetings; no parallel sessions are planned.

Medical service

The services of a nurse will be available to participants between 08h45 and 12h30 and 13h45 and 18h00. The medical service is on level F of the CICG, behind the bar. From 12h30 to 13h45 and 18h00 and 19h00, in case of urgency only, participants may contact the United Nations Medical Service, Door 2, telephone 907 2807 (for emergencies: 907 2222).

The following medical services in Geneva are open 24 hours a day:

Hôpital de la Tour
Avenue Jean-Daniel Maillard
Meyrin Tel.: 780 0111

Emergency Service
Hôpital Cantonal
24, rue Micheli-du-Crest Tel.: 372 3311 and 382 3311

Meeting rooms

Participants requiring meeting rooms should submit a request to Ms. C. Clin at extension 5746.


Parking restrictions are in force in the streets adjacent to the ITU and CICG. To avoid fines, participants are advised to respect these restrictions, particularly in the area adjacent to the CICG main entrance.

Participants may obtain parking cards from the ITU Book Shop which will provide access to the underground garage situated on the right-hand side of the ITU building, at 2 rue de Varembé. These cards are available on payment of a deposit of 55 Swiss francs.

Post Office

A Post Office is situated to the left of the rue de Varembé entrance to the CICG. It is also accessible from inside the CICG. Its working hours are: weekdays 07h30 to 12h00 and 13h45 to 18h00, Saturdays 08h00 to 11h00.


Accreditation to the Forum is required to obtain a press badge and be admitted to the meeting room(s). The press accreditation procedure and accreditation form as well as press information on the Forum will be available from the Press Office from 22 August (tel.: +41 22 730 6039, fax: +41 22 730 5939, e-mail:

Registration of participants


To register by mail, fax or e-mail, please complete the registration form.

by e-mail

By fax

By mail

via World-Wide Web
World Telecommunication Policy Forum
Ms. Maija ThynellFax: +41 22 730 5881
World Telecommunication Policy Forum
Ms. Maija Thynell
International Telecommunication Union
Place des Nations
1211 GENEVA 20

Advance registration

Pre-registration is strongly advised to avoid long queues on the first day of the Forum. In order to facilitate delegate registration and participation in the WTPF, it is recommended that delegates (ITU Member States and Members of the Sectors) planning to attend the Forum designate heads of delegation and send us by fax
(+41 22 730 5881) the list of representatives of their organization and the name of the head of delegation.

On arrival at CICG, pre-registered participants are requested to proceed to the registration desk and present an official identity document (e.g. passport or driving license) bearing a photograph to obtain their badge.

The Registration desk will be located near the main entrance and will be open between the following hours:

Sunday 20 October ...........................................from 09h00 to 13h00 & 14h00 to 17h00
Monday, 21 to Wednesday 23 October:
...........from 08h00 to 12h30 & 13h30 to 17h30

On-site registration

Unregistered participants should proceed to the Registration desk. They must carry documentary evidence attesting to their employer (the name of their administration/company and its address) in order to be eligible for admission as an ITU member. The fee of CHF 200 for organizations and entities which are not ITU members will be payable on-site at the Cashier, in cash or by credit card (American Express, Diners Club, Visa and Eurocard/MasterCard).

For logistical reasons, reserved seating can be guaranteed only for delegates who have registered prior to the event.


The CICG bars and restaurants will be open at the normal times during the meetings, as will the ITU cafeterias, self-service restaurant and restaurant "Le Satellite".

Right to Speak

Delegations will be issued with a hand-held card which they will raise in order to request the floor during the Forum. It is recommended that each delegation nominate a head of delegation to speak on their behalf.

Seating arrangements at the FORUM

For pre-registered ITU members, seating in the meeting room(s) will be in French alphabetical order of country or company/organization, and will be indicated by a name plate showing where participants are entitled to sit. Members of the Sectors who will not form part of their country's delegation and who choose to register in their own names will be seated using the organization name that appears in the ITU Global Directory. Those registering on-site will be seated according to availability of space. Observers will sit in a reserved section, again in French alphabetical order of organization.

Swiss entry visas

Participants are reminded that they must obtain an entry visa to Switzerland before arriving in Geneva. Participants from countries in which Switzerland is not represented must obtain their visas in a third country.

The Swiss Authorities have introduced new measures concerning visas. Visas are no longer issued at the airport save in exceptional circumstances to persons from countries in which Switzerland has no representation (Embassy or Consulate), and then solely on presentation of documentary evidence to the effect that the participant is attending a meeting of the Union, such as a mission order from their Administration, or an official letter of invitation. The ITU can no longer intervene to have entry visas to Switzerland issued at the airport.


The telecommunication centre is located on level E of the CICG and will be open throughout the working hours of the Forum. Those participants entitled to received a franking privilege card will be issued this card on registration, and, to the extent provided for in the International Telecommunication Regulations, these delegates will be able to make service calls free of charge. Other communications will be subject to the normal charges.

When the CICG centre is closed, communications can be effected from other points in Geneva, which will be indicated on the franking privilege card. It is also possible for delegates to have telephone calls requested at the CICG centre, or at the other addresses indicated on their card, transferred directly to their hotel.

Delegates can receive calls or messages directly at the CICG on the following numbers:

Telephone number: +41 22 734 2800

Telefax (group 3) +41 22 733 7256
(group 4) +41 22 730 6500

E-mail: (each message must clearly indicate the name of the participant and the name of his/her administration/company to ensure delivery).

Messages will be available from the Registration Desk. Participants will be paged by the signalling system in the meeting rooms by their name and badge number.

Transportation to the CICG

To call a taxi, dial 33 141 33. Bus routes 5 and 8 run from the square in front of the railway station (Place Cornavin) to the Conference building. Passengers should ask to alight at the stop named Vermont, in the Rue de Vermont. A standard ticket for the Geneva city area costs 2.20 Swiss francs, and can be purchased from the orange machines situated at each bus stop. It is necessary to have the correct money when using these machines. A full fare bus ticket is valid on the entire network for a duration of one hour. No special ticket is required for transfer from one bus to another within that time period.

Travel Agency

The FERT Travel Agency (office T.1108 on the 11th floor of the ITU Tower Building, telephone extensions 5168, 5169 and 5170) is at the disposal of delegates for booking excursions, making hotel reservations, confirmation of tickets, etc.

Working hours

The working hours of the Forum will be from Monday through Wednesday from 09h00 to 12h00 and from 14h00 to 17h00.

For further information, please contact Ms M. Thynell at ITU Headquarters, Tel: +41 22 730 5118, Fax: +41 22 730 5881; e-mail:

For press information, please contact the Press Office at tel.: +41 22 730 6039, fax: +41 22 730 5939 or by e-mail at  

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