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  1. VENUE AND DATES

The Resumed Twenty-fourth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-24), the Resumed Third meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI-3), and the Resumed Third meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (WG2020-3), (hereinafter “the Meetings”) will be held from 14 to 29 March 2022 which is preceded by the Regional and other Group meetings on 13 March 2022 at the International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG) in Geneva, Switzerland.

The meeting will be held at:

International Conference Centre Geneva / Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)

Rue de Varembé 17 P.O. Box 13, CH-1211 Geneva 20, Switzerland

Telephone: +41-(0)22 791 93 10 Fax: +41-(0)22 791 90 64

Web site: http://www.cicg.ch

Official Opening of the Meetings

The official opening of the Meetings will take place in the CICG on Monday, 14 March at 10:00 a.m. local time. The formal sessions of the meetings will be held daily from Monday, 14 March 2022 onwards according to the timetables listed in the schedule. For detailed information, please refer to the proposed organization of work for the meetings in documents are available at: https://www.cbd.int/conferences/geneva-2022.

The daily calendar will be available on the Conference home page listed above.

The Meetings will be available online using the Interactio system for all registered participants as Viewers.

Parties and Organizations encountering difficulties to attend the SBSTTA-24, SBI-3 and WG2020-3 Meetings in-person are asked to contact the Secretariat at: secretariat@cbd.int


  1. REGISTRATION (IN ADVANCE OF THE MEETINGS)

Rule 7.1 of the rules of procedure applies to bodies or agencies qualified in the fields of biodiversity conservation and sustainable use wishing to be represented as observers in the Meetings.

The registration of these representatives is subject to the receipt by the Secretariat of an official letter of nomination. The official letter of nomination must be received immediately to ensure registration in a timely manner.

The letter, to be sent to the attention of the Executive Secretary at the address below, must take the form of an official letter from the Chief Executive or Head of the organization, and must indicate the names, titles and contact details of the delegates to the meeting. The letter should also indicate the meeting or meetings that each nominee is officially designated to attend.

Ms. Elizabeth Maruma Mrema Executive Secretary Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity World Trade Centre 413 St. Jacques Street, Suite 800 Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1N9, Canada Fax: + 1-514-288-6588 E-mail: secretariat@cbd.int


  1. ACCESS TO THE MEETING VENUE AND NAME BADGES (ON-SITE REGISTRATION)

Upon arrival at the entry gate of the venue, delegates will be required to present to Security Personnel the following three documents:

1. Priority Pass (issued by the Secretariat as proof of registration)

2. Electronic copy of “Swiss COVID Certificate” (with QR code)

3. Valid photo ID

In addition, a robust regime of regular testing for COVID-19 will be deployed. Details will be provided at a later stage

How to obtain Swiss COVID Certificate:

All participants must apply at least two weeks in advance of departure date to obtain the “Swiss COVID certificate” by filling the online form at: https://www.cbd.int/covid-certificate/

The form allows you to request a COVID certificate in the following cases:

– Past infection: you were tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 9 months with a PCR (laboratory analysis with a result taking several hours)

– Vaccination:

• You were vaccinated for COVID-19 with one of the World Health Organization approved vaccines. (Sputnik vaccine: For delegates who received the Sputnik vaccine, please see note below for instructions.)

• You tested positive for COVID-19 AND vaccinated. Infection was confirmed by serology (blood test with a positive result) or by a positive test performed by a professional (PCR or rapid antigenic test).

Once the application is sent, your request will be examined by the General Direction of Health (Swiss Government), and if you meet any of the above requirements, you will receive an e-mail within a few days, which will allow you to download the certificate (to print and to save on your smart phone). The Swiss COVID certificate will allow you to access not only the meeting venue but also all the restaurants and shops, where presentation of certificate is mandatory.

Note: Participants who received the Sputnik vaccine are requested to advise the Secretariat immediately (secretariat@cbd.int) for the obtention of a waiver.

How to obtain a Conference badge:

Conference badge issuance

Once inside the venue, delegates should proceed to the registration counter to obtain a conference badge with photo. You must be ready to present your Priority Pass and a valid photo I.D. for verification.

Please note that daily access to the meeting venue is subject to the presentation of a valid conference badge, venue access badge (see next section for details) and the Swiss COVID certificate.

Venue access badges

To ensure compliance with COVID measures and social distancing guidelines, it is expected that it will be necessary to limit the number of delegates on site at any one time. The limit is currently six per Party and two per observer organization. As such, “venue access badges” will be distributed per delegation as follows:

– Each Party delegation will have 6 “venue access badges”

• Two Green cards – access to the Plenary Hall A, B and C

• Four Yellow cards – access to the remaining of the venue, including Hall D (where Plenary will be broadcasted in the six UN languages).

– Each Observer delegation will have 2 “venue access badges”

• One Green card – access to the Plenary Hall A, B and C

• One Yellow Card – access to the remaining of the venue, including Hall D (where Plenary will be broadcasted in the six UN languages).

These “venue access badges” are labelled with Parties or Organization names, can be shared/interchanged and managed within each delegation (but cannot be transferred between delegations) to ensure that the number of participants at the venue at any one time does not exceed the maximum permitted. Conference badges and venue access badges must both be worn at all times and will be closely monitored for the security and safety of all participants. Any loss of a badge should be reported immediately to the registration counter.

Further limitations on the total number of delegates may be necessary depending on the demand.

Registration Hours:

The registration counter is located at the entrance of the CICG building, and will be operational as per following schedule:

• 12 March 2022 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

• 13-19 March 2022 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

• 21-29 March 2022 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


  1. DOCUMENTS AND STATEMENTS

DOCUMENTS

In order to minimize the negative environmental impact of the Meetings and in line with restrictions, they will be held paperless (there will be no hard copies of documents available for distribution at the venue).

Pre-session and information documents for each of the Meetings are available at: https://www.cbd.int/conferences/geneva-2022 or through each meeting link:

SBSTTA-24: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/SBSTTA-24

SBI-3: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/SBI-03

WG2020-3: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/WG2020-03

In-session documents will be available on the above web sites under the “in-session” tab or on the schedule on the main conference homepage.

STATEMENTS

To assist with the interpretation process, delegates wishing to make interventions during official sessions of the Meetings are strongly urged to upload their statement at least 1 hour in advance of delivery.

The statement should include the following information in its header and filename:

  1. Party/organization name;
  2. Identify session of intervention: Plenary;
  3. Date and time of intervention;
  4. Agenda item number.

Statement uploading Please select the meeting from the SBSTTA-24, the SBI-3, or the WG2020-3 home page (see links below): Click on the “upload statements” tab

You may upload your statement in several languages and if necessary, revised statements. Please upload each file separately. When Parties are submitting a Regional Statement, please check the box ‘Regional Group’ statement, then select your region in the drop-down menu.

SBSTTA-24: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/SBSTTA-24

SBI-3: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/SBI-03

WG2020-3: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/WG2020-03

  1. GENERAL INFORMATION ON ACCESS TO GENEVA

Geneva is serviced by the Geneva Cointrin International Airport, which is about 5 kilometres from central Geneva. A free public transport ticket can be obtained at the airport. There are direct connections to the City centre by taxi, train and bus, as follows:

TAXI

Taxis are readily available at Geneva Airport. The trip to central Geneva takes approximately 15 minutes. Fares range from CHF 35.00-CHF45.00 (approx. €33-43).

TRAIN

The airport railway station has direct access to the airport Check-in and Arrival levels. All trains stop at the Geneva-Cornavin station in the city centre and takes about 7 minutes (every 12 minutes). For information on the Swiss railway system and prices, please go to: http://www.sbb.ch/en/index.htm

BUS

There are a number of bus lines that service the Geneva Airport. The frequency and fares are as follows: a) To Geneva Central Station and Place Bel Air: Bus number 10 departs approximately every 10 minutes; b) To Geneva (the United Nations building): Bus number 5 departs approximately every 10 minutes.

You can pick up a free ticket for public transportation at the airport from the machine in the baggage collection area at the Arrivals level. This “Unireso” ticket, offered by Geneva International Airport, allows you to use public transport in Geneva for free for a period of 80 minutes.

Some hotels offer free shuttle service from the airport kindly request this information when making your reservations. If you are staying at a hotel, the establishment will offer you the «Geneva Transport Card» (enlace https://www.geneve-tourisme.ch/index.php?rubrique=0000000417) that allows you to use public transport in Geneva free of charge during your stay. More information can be found at the following link: http://www.genevetourisme.ch/index.php?rubrique=0000000417&lang=_eng


  1. VISA AND ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

You may wish to consult and complete the travel checklist for entry into Switzerland which will advise on what requirements are needed with regard to visa and health requirements prior to entry into Switzerland. The checklist is available at: https://travelcheck.admin.ch/home For COVID requirements for connecting points, please consult the IATA website at: https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/world.php, and verify with respective embassies and airlines.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

Participants requiring a Schengen visa for Switzerland are strongly advised to contact the nearest Swiss diplomatic representation in their country of residence and submit their visa application as soon as possible in order to secure the required entry visa in a timely manner, prior to departure. The estimate average processing time for the Schengen visa is from 15 to 20 working days. Please ensure that you allow sufficient time to process your visa request.

For visa requirements, Swiss Embassies and Consulates representations, and visa application form, please visit Switzerland’s Online Visa System accessible at the following web link https://www.swiss-visa.ch/ivis2/#/i210-select-country. Additional information on entry requirements, including frequently asked questions, is also available on Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) website at: https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home/themen/einreise.html

To facilitate the issuance of visas, please also ensure to include the following documents with your visa application:

• Visa assistance letter from the Secretariat (issued to registered delegates upon request)

• Priority Pass (confirmation of pre-registration to the meetings) issued by the Secretariat.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Entry to Switzerland requires proof of vaccination (with one of the vaccines approved by the World Health Organization), proof of recovery (within the last 9 months) or a recent negative COVID-19 test result.

Please also note that everyone entering Switzerland must complete the following required “entry form” before entering Switzerland, which is accessible at: https://swissplf.admin.ch/formular. You will receive a notification via e-mail, to be presented to the border authorities when entering Switzerland.

Due to COVID-19, the following information notes are updated regularly and posted on the website of the Swiss Mission in order to assist with the obtention of appropriate certificates for travel to Switzerland:

• COVID-19 – Information for people travelling to Switzerland (PDF) https://www.eda.admin.ch/dam/mission-onu-omc-aele-geneve/en/documents/COVID-19-Information-for-people-travelling-to-Switzerland_EN.pdf

• COVID-19 – Information on health measures and border controls (PDF) https://www.eda.admin.ch/dam/mission-onu-omc-aele-geneve/en/documents/COVID-19-Information-note-on-health-measures-and-border-controls_EN.pdf

• COVID-19 – Information on Swiss Covid certificate (PDF) https://www.eda.admin.ch/dam/mission-onu-omc-aele-geneve/en/documents/COVID-19-Notice-informative-Certificat-Covid-suisse-version_EN.pdf

Delegates attending the meetings in-person are requested to ensure that they have international medical insurance coverage for the duration of their stay in Switzerland for the Meetings. Participants will be required to perform daily testing for COVID-19 in order to access the venue. Any participant testing positive for COVID are required to isolate in their hotel room and to contact the Secretariat by e-mail (secretariat@cbd.int) immediately in order to set-up alternative arrangements for participants in the meetings while in isolation.


  1. HOTEL INFORMATION

Participants are kindly requested to make their own hotel reservations. A list of nearby hotels can be found in Annex B below, the listed rates are an estimate only and are subject to change without notice. When you stay in a hotel in Geneva, you will receive the ‘Geneva Transport Card’, which is card offered to you upon arrival, that allows you to use all the public transportation systems in Geneva for free.

Information on other hotels and other tourist information in the vicinity of the meeting venue can be found at the following link: https://www.geneve.com/en/.


  1. SIDE-EVENTS

Only side-events which are of direct relevance to the issues that will be discussed at the SBSTTA-24, SBI-3, and WG2020-3 meetings will be considered. Preference and priority will be given to side-events convened by multiple partners hosting the side-events and requests may be limited or reduced depending on the slots available. All side-event requests with January ‘preferred dates’ have been adjusted to the March meeting dates.

Subject to the availability of rooms and provided that side-event requests were received before the deadline, the meeting rooms, equipped with LCD projectors and computers/laptops for PowerPoint presentations, will be provided at no cost to the side-event organizers. However, there may be a cost to the organizers when an event is scheduled in a room that does not already contain the required equipment. Should this be the case, organizers will be notified accordingly. It should be noted that side-events may be rescheduled depending on official sessions of the Meetings.

The list of side-events will be processed by the Secretariat, and the combined list will be made available in due course on the SBSTTA-24, SBI-3, and the WG2020-3 tabs of the meetings web sites under the ‘info links’ tabs at: https://www.cbd.int/conferences/geneva-2022

Please note that there will be no Catering Services available for side-events during the Meetings due to the COVID restrictions.


  1. OFFICIAL LANGUAGES

The official languages are: French, German, Italian and Romansh. English and/or French is spoken in hotels and restaurants.


  1. CURRENCY

The currency in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc (CHF). The current exchange rate as at 31 January 2022is US $1 = CHF $0.9267 and €1 = CHF $1.0412 (source: www.xe.com, rates are subject to change).

Information taken from the Information Note for Participants https://www.cbd.int/doc/meetings/sbstta24-sbi3-wg20203/SBSTTA-SBI-WG2020-info-note-en.pdf