Accommodation

Many hotels are located near UNESCO.

Discovering Paris

Paris, the capital of France, is a world centre for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture. In addition to monuments such as the Eiffel Tower, the basilique du Sacré Cœur, the Grand Palais or the Arc de Triomphe, its museums such as the Louvre or the Musée d’Orsay, the city is famous for its cafés and luxury boutiques along the rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré.

UNESCO House

Discover UNESCO’s Headquarters, a treasure of modern architecture and the fruit of collaboration between several iconic architects of the twentieth century such as Bernard Zehrfuss, Marcel Breuer and Luigi Nervi.

UNESCO Headquarters houses an invaluable artistic and cultural treasure consisting of more than 700 works of art. Some of these works were commissioned by UNESCO at the time of construction of the building, others were offered to the Organization by Member States. Since the creation of its Headquarters, UNESCO has thus built up a very large and diversified collection of works of art, such as those of Picasso, Miró, Calder, Giacometti, Moore and many others, and to date possesses the most important artistic heritage of the United Nations.

Part of this so-called “heritage” collection is visible on the website : www.unesco.org/artcollection/

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

The conference will take place at UNESCO Headquarters, located near the Eiffel Tower, in the heart of the city of Paris.

FLYING TO PARIS

Paris has two airports:

  • Roissy-Charles de Gaulle (tél : +33 (0)1 48 62 12 12) for most international flights, located to the north of the city
  • Orly (tel : +33 (0)1 49 75 52 52), mainly for domestic flights, located to the south of the city.

For further information on flights and means of transport to Paris city centre, you may consult the Paris Airports’ website: www.adp.fr.

GETTING TO UNESCO HEADQUARTERS

The entrance to building for the conference is  125 avenue de Suffren in the 7th arrondissement of Paris.

  • By métro (underground/subway)

On the Parisian metro system, tickets can be purchased individually at 1.90€ or in the form of a book of 10 (a “carnet”) for 16.90€ and each ticket is valid for one trip, regardless of the distance traveled.

These tickets can be purchased at almost all metro stations or from a “tabac.” The most convenient metro stations for visitors to UNESCO are Ségur (metro line 10), Cambronne (metro line 6)  and École Militaire (metro line 8) .

  • By bus

Use the same tickets as for the metro, one ticket per trip but without the right to transfer. You must punch the ticket as you get on the bus.

Tickets purchased on board are at 2.00 €. Buses which pass near UNESCO are the 28, 80, 82, 87 and 92.

For further information on travel in Paris and the Paris region, you may consult the Paris Transport website: www.ratp.fr.

  • By taxi

It is possible to order a taxi by calling one of the following taxi company:

Taxis G7 : 3607
Alpha Taxis : 01 45 85 85 85
Taxis Bleus : 3609

  • By car

There are many public fee-paying parking spaces near UNESCO, both underground and surface, indicated by a sign with a white P on a blue background. Please bear in mind that parking tickets are regularly given if payment is not made or the time limit is passed.

VISAS

Participants should contact the nearest French consulate/French diplomatic mission in their country  to obtain information regarding acquiring a visa, if necessary.

CLIMATIC CONDITIONS

The climate in Paris in March means that mornings are still cool and temperatures are mild in the middle of the day (between 4°C and 16°C). Comfortable clothing is always required. However, the weather in Paris in March remains welcoming, thanks to the pleasant presence of the sun during the day.

For weather forecasts you can consult the Météo France website: www.meteofrance.com.

CURRENCY

The euro (€) is the standard currency in France. Most store and hotels accept major international credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express etc.).

CONFERENCE ROOM

The Presidential Conference will take place in Room I, used for the meetings of the UNESCO General Conference but which also regularly hosts major conferences and ceremonies but also a variety of cultural productions.

INTERPRETATION

Simultaneous interpretation in English and French will be available during the conference and will be provided by UNESCO official interpreters