Participants had the opportunity to visit the following international organizations:
- International Labour Office (ILO) with presentation of the
Minimum Labour Standards
- World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
- International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
- United Nations Office in Geneva (UN)
- European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN),
a civil organization, which created the WEB
Cultural Activities and Civil Society Village
Several cultural and social activities were provided,
with the intention of creating links among the participants,
as well as with the local population. Events were opened to
the public and free. The program of the Civil Society Village
was designed to reflect the rich cultural diversity of the
world, as well as the importance of culture for civil society
and international cooperation.
Part of the Forum budget was allocated to fund participants from developing
countries. The registration fee was waived for over 200 delegates from developing countries, and was reduced for many other
participants. Support was provided (per diems, flight tickets and/or
accommodation) to 73 participants, and it was attributed according to various
criteria that included geographical, thematic and gender balance.
All the participants received information on budget
accommodations that included several hotels with preferential rates. We also
provided budget accommodations through the Welcome Centre for Non-Governmental
Organizations and Delegations and by opening a civil protection shelter.
All the panellists spoke on a voluntary basis. The Forum relied
on a wide range of voluntary contributions, including many long-term and
short-term volunteers, about 300 panellists from 200 organizations and those
who organized the training sessions or provided infrastructure, etc. We wish to
thank all those who contributed to the Forum.