Logistics

Date of Meeting

8-13 June 2008
Field visits: 8-10 June (by invitation only)
Technical meeting: 11-12 June
Business meeting:  13 June (by invitation only)

Venue of Meeting

Malhar Hall
Soaltee Crowne Plaza Kathmandu
P.O. Box 97, Tahachal Kathmandu - Nepal
Tel: +977-1-273 999, 272 555
Fax: +977-1-272 205, 272 203
Email: shakya.sumati@scp.com.np, reservation@scp.com.np, crowneplaza@shicp.com.np
www.crowneplaza.com

Languages

The meeting will be conducted in English.

Registration

Please complete the registration form below and return it no later than 16 May 2008 to the UNGEI Secretariat (Margaret Odoch-Jato: modochjato@unicef.org with copy to Surendra Bisht: sbisht@unicef.org). The information in the registration form will help you gain access into the meeting venue and enable the Secretariat to make all the necessary logistical arrangements.

Click here to download the registration form.

Hotel Information

The meeting will take place at the Soaltee Crowne Plaza Hotel in Kathmandu. A block reservation has been made at Soaltee Crown Plaza for participants at a negotiated rate of $60 per night, single occupancy and $70 per night, double occupancy, breakfast included. Meeting participants are strongly encouraged to stay at the Soaltee, to facilitate networking and decrease time spent in travel. Bookings must be made directly with the hotel, mentioning the UNGEI meeting, and must be guaranteed with a credit card.

Soaltee Crowne Plaza Kathmandu
P.O. Box 97, Tahachal Kathmandu - Nepal
977-1-273 999, 977-1-272 555
977-1-272 205, 977-1-272 203
Email: shakya.sumati@scp.com.np, reservation@scp.com.np, crowneplaza@shicp.com.np
www.crowneplaza.com
$60 Single
$70 Double

Please find below other hotels in the vicinity of the meeting venue for your information:

Hotel Grand Kathmandu
Tahachal, Soaltee mod, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel no:4282 4825 Fax No:428 2488
Website: www.grandhotelnepal.com

Hotel Summit, Kathmandu
Kupondole, Lalitpur height Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel no:552 1810 Fax No:552 3737
E-mail: summit@wlink.com.np
Website: www.summit-nepal.com

NOTE: Rates are subject to mandatory 10% Service Charge; 13% VAT as levied by the Government of Nepal.

Ground Transportation

Hotel Soaltee Crowne Plaza will arrange for airport pick up/drop off once your arrival/departure is confirmed. Please look out for either UNICEF or Soaltee Hotel sign board on arrival. Please note that the transport arrangements are contingent on the timely return of the completed registration form.

Bank Services

International banks presence is limited though national banks do represent international banks. Foreign exchange facility is available in hotel. Major credit/debit cards accepted by hotels, supermarkets, travel agencies.

Security

Please note that Kathmandu is currently under UN Security Phase One. UN staff members traveling to Kathmandu need to obtain security clearance prior to commencing their travel. Please use the following UNDSS website to process your security clearance for Nepal. http://dss.un.org.

It is mandatory for UN participants to call the Field Security Coordination Officer at 552 3989 immediately upon their arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal to report their presence in the country. The hotel staff will assist you in informing the Security Office when you check in at the hotel.

Non-UN participants need to advice us of your arrival times as indicated in the registration form, so that we may inform UN Security of your presence in the country. (This does not imply pick-up service; for pick-up, see point 9 above.)

Secretariat/IT Support

A secretariat and IT support service will be available close to the conference hall with support staff, and IT equipment and services like Internet/E-mail/computers/photocopy, etc.

Travel Support Desk/Flight Reconfirmation

The secretariat staff will help participants reconfirm their return flights. Please leave ticket and passport at the secretariat desk before the end of the first day of the meeting.

Other Useful Information

Climate:
The average temperature in Kathmandu in June is 30-32° Celsius. For those going on the field trip to the Terai, the average temperature in June is 35° Celsius.

Rain:
Expected

Electricity:
220 volts

For further information, please download the Admin Notes.

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