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Side events during the XIV Session of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean are an opportunity to share experiences, developments and initiatives regarding the implementation of the Regional Gender Agenda and the Beijing Platform for Action in its 25th year after its creation. The application period for side events is now closed.
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
1. General information on Chile
Chile is located in the extreme south-west of South America, between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes mountains. The country, whose long, thin territory is divided into 16 administrative regions, has a total population of approximately 18 million.
Santiago is the capital of Chile and, including its wider metropolitan region, is home to seven million inhabitants. It has a Mediterranean climate and well-defined seasons, with rainy winters (from May to September) with minimum temperatures as low as 0° C, and dry summers (from November to March) with highs of around 30° C. Relative humidity is low and evenings are cool. It is suggested that visitors drink bottled water, since tap water, although safe to drink, may not agree with those not accustomed to it. As in all big cities, for safety reasons it is advisable to avoid wearing expensive jewellery and to be careful with handbags and briefcases.
- LOCAL CURRENCY: The national currency is the Chilean peso ($). The exchange rate is approximately 699 pesos to the dollar (August 2019)
- LOCAL TIME: UTC/GMT -3 horas (at the date of the meeting)
- ELECTRICITY: 220 volts, 50 Hertz (AC)
- AIRPORT TAX: Airport tax is included in ticket prices.
- TIPPING: Tipping is usual practice in Chile, as in many other parts of the world. It is customary to leave a tip of about 10% of the bill in restaurants.
2. Meeting venue
The official meetings of the fourteenth session of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean will take place in the Raúl Prebisch and Celso Furtado conference rooms at ECLAC headquarters, and the side events will take place in other facilities on the premises, located at Av. Dag Hammarskjöld 3477, Vitacura, Santiago.
No private vehicles will be permitted to enter ECLAC grounds. Only official vehicles of diplomatic missions will be allowed entry in order to drop off and pick up delegates, provided that the particulars of the driver and the vehicle (model and licence plate number) are sent to the following email addresses beforehand: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
3. Meeting Coordination
ECLAC, as secretariat of the Conference, is responsible for the organization of the meeting. Nicole Bidegain, Social Affairs Officer in the Division for Gender Affairs (tel. (+56) 2 2210 2292; email: firstname.lastname@example.org) and the Office of the Secretary of the Commission (email@example.com) will be at the disposal of participants for enquires relating to substantive aspects of the Conference. Enquiries concerning operational aspects of the meeting should be addressed to Carolina Jara (tel. (+56) 2 2210 2330, email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
4. Visas and entry requirements for Chile
Participants must be in possession of a passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry into Chile. Delegates from countries whose citizens require a visa to enter Chile should apply for one in advance at their nearest Chilean embassy or consulate. To find out whether you require a visa, go to the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile (http://chileabroad.gov.cl/consulados/) and click on the name of your country.
5. Transport between the airport and Santiago
The companies Transvip and Transfer Delfos operate minivan services from the airport, offering passenger transportation to different areas of the city. Each van can transport 10 to 12 passengers, at an approximate cost of US$ 15 per person. Visitors preferring to take a taxi are advised to use the firms Taxi Oficial or Transvip, which are also located at the airport; fares to the city vary between US$ 35 and US$ 40 depending on the destination. Santiago’s public transport system includes buses, taxis and five subway lines. Taxi fares are metered and, in general, drivers do not expect tips.
For civil society representatives and other relevant stakeholders, online registration closed on 13 October 2019.
Once online registration is complete, the accreditation system will send a confirmation letter that participants must present along with their identification documents when they pick up their credentials. Participants may pick up their credentials from 8 a.m. on Monday 27 January, at the main entrance to ECLAC headquarters (Av. Dag Hammarskjöld 3477, Vitacura). Participants will be issued with an identification badge which, for security purposes, must be kept visible and shown at all meetings. Participants must collect their badges in person and must present identification for this purpose.
United Nations agency staff must register online. They may enter meetings with their existing United Nations credentials, which must be validated for this purpose by sending a photocopy of both sides of the credential to the following email address: email@example.com. Participants are advised to arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of meetings in order to complete the accreditation process and United Nations security protocols. For further information on accreditation, please contact Paula Warnken (email: firstname.lastname@example.org; tel: (+56) 2 2210 2651).
7. Opening session
The opening session of the fourteenth session of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean will start at 2.30 p.m. on Tuesday, 28 January.
Delegates will have access to a wireless Internet connection (Wi-Fi) in the conference room and in open areas.
The official language of the meeting will be Spanish. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in English, French and Portuguese.
10. Facilities and services at ECLAC
- Travel agency: Flight reservations and confirmations are handled by Carlson Wagonlit Travel, located in the basement of the ECLAC building (office 1S7).
- Bank: There is a branch of Banco de Chile in the basement of the ECLAC building. It is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Foreign currency may be exchanged from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
- Meals: ECLAC has a cafeteria and a canteen, which are open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Participants must pay directly for their own consumption at these facilities.
- Medical service: The ECLAC Medical Service (office number Z-210, ext. 2333) is available to participants requiring medical assistance. It is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2.30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Shop: The “One World” shop, located in the central foyer on the ground floor, next to the spiral staircase, offers a wide range of attractive gifts, United Nations souvenirs and other items.
11. Places of interest in Santiago
Pueblito Los Dominicos: A handicraft village located close to the foot of the Andes towards the east of the city of Santiago. It offers a varied array of traditional and contemporary crafts, including furniture, textiles and paintings.
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes: The fine arts museum is a major centre for the visual arts in Chile. It is situated in Santiago’s Parque Forestal.
Museo de Arte Precolombino: This museum is at the cutting-edge in terms of preserving, displaying and studying the continent’s pre-Columbian artistic legacy. It has an extensive collection of art from ancient cultures, such as the Incas and Diaguitas. It is located in downtown Santiago.
Municipal Theatre of Santiago: Built in 1857, Santiago’s municipal theatre is a national monument of renowned architectural beauty. It is one of the foremost cultural centres in Chile and hosts performances of opera, ballet and concerts.
La Moneda Palace: The Government Palace, located in central Santiago, is the only building of a pure Italian neo-classical style in the Americas. Its cultural centre presents visual and audiovisual exhibitions from Chile and further afield.
Plaza de Armas: Located in the heart of Santiago, this square has been the civic centre since colonial times. The cathedral in the square is a national monument and has an interesting museum, whose main attraction is its library containing manuscripts by important Chilean historical figures. Other major historical buildings on the Plaza de Armas are the Santiago town hall and the central post office.
Barrio Bellavista: This vibrant, quintessentially urban neighbourhood combines a highly varied commercial clothing and craft sector with numerous restaurants offering many types of international cuisine. Bellavista nestles between the northern bank of the Mapocho River and the foot of San Cristóbal Hill. Its exotic architecture gives it the aspect of an open-air museum, where art galleries, theatres and lapis lazuli jewellery shops can be found alongside restaurants, parks and the local zoo.