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The 12th annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum will take place between 18 and 21 December 2017 at the United Nations Office at Geneva (Palais des Nations, Avenue de la Paix 14, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland. See The United Nations Office at Geneva.)

The IGF is a multistakeholder forum that promotes discussions and dialogue about public policy issues relating to the Internet. It was convened in 2006 by the United Nations Secretary-General.

With the renewal of its mandate by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2015, the IGF has consolidated its position as a platform for bringing together members of various stakeholder groups as equals. While there is no negotiated outcome, the IGF informs and inspires those with policy-making powers in both the public and private sectors. Delegates hold discussions, exchange information and share good practices with each other at the annual meeting.

The IGF facilitates a common understanding as to how Internet opportunities can be maximized and addresses risks and challenges that arise. It is also a forum which gives developing countries the same opportunity as wealthier nations to engage in the debate on Internet governance and facilitates their participation in existing institutions and arrangements. Ultimately, the involvement of all stakeholders, from developed as well as developing countries, is necessary for the future development of the Internet.

After consulting the wider Internet community and discussing the overarching theme of the 2017 IGF meeting, the IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group decided to retain the title “Shape your digital future!”.

The latest information on the preparatory process for IGF 2017 is available on the IGF Secretariat’s website: Internet Governance Forum


IGF 2017


Palais des Nations

A practical site map and guide to the United Nations Office at Geneva can be download here:

Practical Guide to UNOG (PDF, 5.2mb)

Facilities inside the Palais des Nations


Two UBS banks are located in the Palais des Nations: (1) at Door 6, Building C: open from Monday to Friday 08:30 to 16:30; (2) Door 41, Building E, open from 08:30 to 12:30 and from 13:30 to 16:30.

Post office

The post office is located at Door 6, Building C. Only UN stamps are accepted. Opening hours: 08:30 to 17:00.

Cafés and restaurants

The restaurant on the 8th floor of the Assembly Building serves hot meals from 12:00 to 14:30, Monday to Friday.

The cafeteria, on the ground floor of the Assembly Building, is open Monday to Friday from 08:15 to 16:45. Lunch is served from 11:30 to 14:00.

The Press Bar on the ground floor of the Council Building is open Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 18:30.




The “Bar Serpent” in the Conference room area of the E-Building is open from 09:00 to 17:15.

The Delegate’s Lounge on the 3rd floor of the Assembly Building (Room VI) is open from 08:30 to 16:30.

The Bar de la Palette on the 6rd floor of the E-Building is open from 08:15 to 17:00.

Local Transport

Convenient and free public transport card during your stay in Geneva

Participants staying in a hotel, a youth hostel or a campsite in the Canton of Geneva are eligible for a “Geneva Transport Card” free of charge. With this card, public transport in Geneva is free for the full duration of your stay. This personal and non-transferable card will be given to you when you arrive at your accommodation. It permits unlimited travel on Geneva’s public transport network (UNIRESO: bus (TPG), train (CFF) and boat (Mouettes Genevoises)) for the full duration of your stay.

For additional information: Geneva Tourism

Bus and tram

The Palais des Nations is served by several tram and bus lines.

The Appia stop is nearest to the Pregny Gate and is served by buses 8, 28, F, V and Z.

The Place des Nations stop is located 500 m from the Pregny Gate and is served by tram number 15 and buses 5, 8, 11, 14, 28, V, F, and Z.

From Geneva Cointrin airport: by bus in 10-15 minutes. Take bus 28 towards Jardin Botanique and stop at Appia (runs every 20-30 minutes during the day); or take bus 5 towards Hôpital, and stop at Nations.

From Geneva Cornavin train station: by bus or tram in 10-15 minutes. Take tram 15 towards Nations and stop at Nations; or take either bus 5 towards Aéroport, and stop at Nations, or bus 8 towards OMS, and stop at Appia.

If required, public transport tickets can be purchased at all tram and bus stations in Geneva.

Further information such as itineraries, timetables, fares, etc. is available on the site of Transports Publics Genevois at: Transports Publics Genevois


Taxis cannot enter the UN compound – participants must walk from the Pregny Gate.

A taxi stand is located on Route de Pregny, some 25 m from the Pregny Gate, direction Place des Nations. Taxis are usually available round the clock.


All stakeholders must register online.
More details regarding the registration process, a link to the online registration site, and deadlines will be communicated in due course.



  • Area of the canton: 282 km²
  • Altitude: 373m above sea level
  • Time zone: Geneva is in the Central European zone (GMT+1).


The average temperature in Geneva in winter is 3°C and in summer 23°C. The climate in Geneva in December is cold and mostly cloudy, with daytime temperatures averaging 2°C (daytime temperatures may vary between -1°C and 10°C).

Electrical appliances

Mains electricity in Switzerland is 230 V/50 Hz. Type J and Type C plugs can be used (see Type J and Type C)


 Based on their nationality, participants attending the IGF may require a visa to enter the Swiss territory. The list of nationalities subject to visas can be found by consulting the following link Overview of ID and visa provisions according to nationality.

The nearest Swiss Embassy or Consulate responsible for the participant’s place of residence can be found by consulting the following link: Swiss Online Visa application

Applicants need to schedule an appointment well in advance (at least 1 month before departure) with the competent representation and to present themselves in person for an interview and for the registration of their biometric data.

The visa examination process is only initiated once the application is registered based on a complete file which should include the confirmation of registration for the Forum (the confirmation of registration will be treated as if it were an invitation letter for the purposes of the visa application). An incomplete file may lead to a refusal or to delays in the issuance of the visa. In general, the visa procedure takes at least 15 days once the request is considered as admissible.

For further general information about visas please consult the Swiss State Secretariat for Migration’s website:

The State Secretariat for Migration (SEM)



By Air

Geneva International Airport’s key figures:

  • more than 40 European and international airlines
  • some 130 direct flight destinations
  • a ‘French sector’ for arrivals from and departures to France without entering Switzerland
  • a railway station with connections to the centre of Geneva, Switzerland and Europe
  • more than 80 shops and a wide selection of restaurants
  • long-stay parking
  • two duty-free shops (arrival and departure)

Free Ticket from Geneva International Airport to your hotel
Arrivals to Geneva International Airport are eligible for a free ticket on Geneva Public Transport (Zone 10). The machine for free tickets is located in the luggage reclaim hall and a free ticket is printed simply by pressing the button. The free ticket entitles you to take an airport train (train from the airport to the centre), bus, or tram. The ticket is valid for 80 minutes.

Geneva Airport
Information: +41 22 717 71 05
Flight information: 0900 57 15 00

By Train

 You are well on track with Geneva’s three railway stations at the heart of Europe’s rail network. The Swiss rail network extends to every corner of Switzerland and France’s high-speed TGV trains travel from Paris to Geneva’s main station in just three hours!
Swiss Railways: Swiss Railways

TGV connection from and to Paris: TGV Lyria

Use of public transport throughout Switzerland and other offers: The Swiss Travel Pass gives you unlimited use of all public transport in Switzerland for 3, 4, 8 or 15 consecutive days plus entry to over 480 museums and exhibitions. Swiss Travel Pass

For additional information: Geneva Tourism



Participants are requested to make their own hotel reservations. Hotels in Geneva can be found and booked at Geneva Tourism or on any other hotel-booking website.

Participants are advised to book hotel accommodation well in advance of the meeting. Hotels in Geneva may be fully booked, given the large number of conferences or other events. 

The Geneva Welcome Center provides support in booking accommodation, as well as financial aid to reduce the costs (depending on the profile of the participants, rooms can be 35-110 CHF per night). The participants need to fulfil a number of requirements to be able to get financial aid. The forms to file a request can be found here.



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