General Information

  1. General Information

    Kenya is located on the eastern coast of Africa, right on the equator. It is a land of striking landscapes, ranging from snow-capped Mount Kenya to rich farmlands, savannah grasslands and tropical beaches. It borders Somalia, Ethiopia and South Sudan to the North, Uganda to the West, Tanzania to the South, and the Indian Ocean to the East. Kenya's capital city is Nairobi. Other major cities are Mombasa, the main port on the Indian Ocean and Kisumu on Lake Victoria. The eight provinces of Kenya range in geographical size from the small Nairobi Province to the much larger eastern and Rift Valley provinces. Kenya's national parks are home to a wide variety of animal and plant species and provide educational and recreational services enjoyed by Kenyans and tourists alike.

  2. Time Zone

    Kenya is GMT + 0300 hours.

  3. Visas

    All travellers arriving in Kenya should have a valid passport. Visas will be obtained upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for participants of the UNEP Tunza International Youth Conference. All participants are responsible for paying the visa fee themselves. Note: Nationals from Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cameroon, Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, Eritrea, Iraq, Kosovo, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Palestine, Senegal, Somali, Syria and Tajikistan require special advance clearance by the Kenyan authorities. A letter from the Kenyan Immigration Authority (please see attachement) will be sent to all the above mentioned participants to waive the special advance clearance. Affected participants must present this letter from the Kenyan Immigration Authority as well as the invitation letter that was sent to each participant from UNEP, to the Immigration Desk upon arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

  4. Health

    A yellow fever vaccination certificate is mandatory for travellers coming from countries where yellow fever may occur. Angola, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, Ecuador, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Peru Sierra Leone and Sudan have been indicated as countries where yellow fever may occur, but no guarantees can be given that certificates may be required from travellers from other countries before departure. Malaria risk exists throughout the year in Kenya, although there is little risk in Nairobi and the highlands. It is also recommended that participants arrange their own health cover/insurance.

  5. Weather

    The temperature in Nairobi, early February ranges between 16°C at night and 30°C during the day. It is expected to be dry.

  6. Electricity

    240 Volts.

  7. Official Language

    The official languages of the Republic of Kenya are English and Kiswahili.

  8. Currency

    The official currency of the Republic of Kenya is the Kenya Shilling (Ksh). The current exchange rate vis-à-vis the US dollar is approximately KShs.86 for one US dollar and KSh. 110 for one Euro. You can change money at the Kenya Commercial Bank on the compound, which will be open on weekdays from 8.30 a.m. 4.00 p.m. daily and is located within the UN compound.

  9. Credit cards

    Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels and restaurants in the city.

  10. Venue

    The meetings are held at the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON), United Nations Avenue, Gigiri, Nairobi. Tel.: +254-20-7621234, Fax: +254-20-7622726.

  11. Smoking restrictions

    Smoking is permitted only in designated areas outside buildings.

  12. Badges

    Identity badges will be issued to participants upon arrival at the hotel they will be staying. For security reasons, all participants are requested to wear the badges at all times.

  13. Media registration and other facilities

    Media representatives are requested to register online at www.unep.org or at the Main Gate of the UN Compound on 14 and 15 February 2013. Please have a valid press card and letter from your editor to facilitate the accreditation process. Nairobi-based journalists will be given badges upon presentation of their current UN security passes. For more information please contact Mr. Waiganjo Njoroge on email (waiganjo.njoroge@unep.org) or on telephone (+254-723-857270). Participants are encouraged to bring their personal laptops to access the system. Ensure that your laptop is loaded with Antivirus software that is up-to-date. A dedicated team of information technology technicians will be available inside and outside the meeting rooms to provide support and assist participants with their technical needs.

  14. Internet Café, Wi-fi

    Free Internet access is available throughout the UN compound. Participants are encouraged to bring their personal laptops to access the system. Ensure that your laptop is loaded with Antivirus software that is up-to-date. Use the Wireless Network Connection named ‘VISITORS’ for internet access. A dedicated team of information technology technicians will be available inside and outside the meeting rooms to provide support and assist participants with their technical needs.

  15. Travel Agencies

    There are two UN travel agents at the UN complex, BCD Travel Agency and Express Travel. They will be open from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. BCD Travel Agency (Tel.: +254-20-76 22349/22389/22390/22392/22437/22438/22439/22492, Fax: +254-20-7622754) is located at the Lower Concourse, next to the Kenya Commercial Bank, whereas Express Travel Agency (Tel.: +254-20-76-23824/23825/24974/24975/24987/24988/24992/24993, Fax: +254-20-7624990) is located at the Upper Concourse adjacent to the staff lounge. You may wish to contact them for all your travel needs be it return bookings, tours and safaris, airport transfers, etc.

  16. First Aid

    Emergency first aid will be available throughout the duration of the meetings. The services of a Doctor will be obtainable if required. A nurse will be on duty during meeting hours, and can be contacted in Block F, room 117 or on telephone (+254-20-7622267/8). An ambulance is available 24 hours a day. It is also recommended that participants arrange for their health cover/insurance.

  17. Courier Services

    DHL office will be open from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. on Monday to Thursdays and closes at 4.00 p.m. on Fridays and remains closed on Saturday and Sunday. DHL is located at the lower concourse, inside the Post Office adjacent to the Kenya Commercial Bank, UN Gigiri Branch. Their telephone extensions are 2579 and 2580.

  18. Postal Services

    The post office will be open from 8.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. every day of the week except on Saturday and Sunday. During office hours, public phones are available inside the Post Office for which cash payments may be made at the counter.

  19. Telephone Calls

    Participants are kindly requested to refrain from using telephones at the Registration Desk as they are for internal use by Secretariat staff only. Calls to the city can be made from the telephone facility near the post office and from the business center.