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The fourth meeting of the Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Population and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean will be held in Santiago on 9 and 10 October 2019.
This document is intended to provide delegates with useful information to facilitate their work at the meeting.
The meeting coordinators will be available to answer any questions concerning logistical or organizational matters that you may have, before or during the event.
1. General information on Chile
Chile is located in the extreme south-west of South America. The capital city is Santiago and the country has a total population of approximately 18 million. Chile lies between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes Mountains and its long, thin territory is divided into 16 administrative regions.
The capital city
Santiago is the capital of Chile, and its broader metropolitan region is home to 7 million people. It has a Mediterranean climate and well-defined seasons, with rainy winters with temperatures as low as 0°C (from May to September) and dry summers, when daytime temperatures hover around 30°C (from November to March). Nights are cool and relative humidity is low.
It is suggested that visitors drink bottled mineral 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 721 pesos to the dollar (September 2019).
- LOCAL TIME: UTC/GMT -3 (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 fourth meeting of the Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Population and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean will be held in the Celso Furtado conference room at the headquarters of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), located at Av. Dag Hammarskjöld 3477, Vitacura, Santiago. There is an alternative entrance at Av. Alonso de Córdova 3170.
3. Meeting coordination
The meeting is being organized by ECLAC.
Questions on substantive matters related to the meeting may be addressed to Paulo Saad, Officer in Charge of the Latin American and Caribbean Demographic Centre (CELADE)-Population Division of ECLAC (email@example.com). Questions on the operating aspects of the meeting may be addressed to María Ester Novoa (firstname.lastname@example.org).
4. Hotel reservations
The ECLAC Conference Services Unit has reserved a limited number of rooms with special rates for ECLAC at the following hotels:
- Hotel Pullman Santiago Vitacura, formerly Hotel Atton (****), Av. Vitacura 3201, Vitacura. Contact: Carolina Hermosilla, Reservations Department, Email: email@example.com
- Hotel NH Collection Casacostanera (****), Av. Nueva Costanera 3900, Vitacura. Contact: Fabiola Rivera Lagos, Reservations Department, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Requests for reservations should be addressed directly to the hotel by the deadline given on the attached hotel reservation form. After this date, the hotels reserve the right to change the rate and cannot guarantee that rooms will be available.
To maintain the special ECLAC rate, hotel reservations must be requested personally, not through agencies or other means. Delegates are responsible for their own reservations. You are advised to check that the hotel has processed your reservation and to request a reservation number or confirmation code.
The hotel requires your flight number and date of arrival in and departure from Chile, as well as credit card details, in order to secure the reservation. Please complete the attached reservation form, with all the required details, in full.
5. Visa 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.
6. Transport from the airport to Santiago
The companies Transvip and Transfer Delfos, which have desks inside the airport, operate minivan services 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.
The online registration (http://crpd.cepal.org) will be available until october 7th. Online registration does not exempt delegations from the requirement to provide official notification of the name of the head of delegation and all accompanying members.
Delegates may pick up their credentials in the lobby of the Celso Furtado conference room from 8.30 a.m. onwards on Wednesday, 9 October. Participants will be issued with identification badges, which, for security purposes, must be kept visible and shown to enter all meetings.
8. Opening session
The opening session will start at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, 9 October.
Delegates will have access to a wireless Internet connection (Wi-Fi) in the conference rooms and in open areas.
The official language of the meeting will be Spanish. Simultaneous interpretation into English will be provided.
11. 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. to 5 p.m. Participants must pay directly for these services.
- Medical service: The ECLAC Medical Service (office number Z-210, ext. 2333), located on the main floor of the building, 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.