Situated between lake and mountains, the French-speaking city of Geneva is home to the headquarters of numerous international organizations such as the United Organization, the World Health Organization, the International Labour Office, the International Red Cross and the European Organization for Nuclear Research, among others. More than 200 international organisations are based in Geneva. Geneva has all the advantages of a small city combined with the facilities and services usually only found in much larger cities. Its geographical position is a privilege communicating with its European neighbourhood. Geneva’s multicultural population offers a platform for frank and constructive communication, and exchange of experiences. Our vision is to facilitate dialogue around the world. The city offers many leisure activities and cultural entertainments which guarantee a pleasant and relaxing visit (in the European style) during the congress. Geneva is a great city with a perfect setting, exquisite food and magnificent facilities.
Switzerland has three official languages: French, German and Italian.French is the predominant language spoken in Geneva, but most citizens speak at least one other language. English is spoken by about a quarter of the local population and by the majority of foreigners. Of course you can hear just about every other language in Geneva if you listen hard enough, from Albanian to Zimbabwean. When dealing with locals it is recommended that you start off in French, even if it is only a greeting, before transitioning to English.
The local currency is the Swiss Franc (CHF). One Swiss Franc equals approximately 0,81 Euro and 1.06 Dollar (as on May 2013). Banking hours are from Monday to Friday, 8.30 am to 4.30 pm
August is a good time to visit Geneva. Temperatures range from 15°C to 25 °C. Evenings may be cool, in particular outdoors at the lake-side. It is advisable to bring some warm clothes with you. The weather in August is mostly sunny. On the average you can expect 7 hours of sunshine each day although you may experience some rain.
Information on the town of Geneva and the surrounding area with suggestions for activities and excursions can be obtained through the website (www.geneve-tourisme.ch )