General Debate: Speeches and registration of the speakers
As in previous sessions, a general debate will take place during the Assembly. The main theme of the general debate will be communicated to participants in due time, along with suggested guidelines for speakers and participants.
Delegations will be seated in the plenary meetings in English alphabetical order, beginning with the Members who are hosting the session of the General Assembly.
Admission of the public to the meetings
The meetings of the General Assembly and of its organs will be public, unless otherwise decided. Admission passes for visitors and media may be obtained from the registration desk at the request of registered participants.
The documents for the Assembly session will be available in Arabic, English, French, Russian and Spanish. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in these five languages.
Delegates are kindly requested to take note that, in compliance with the United Nations system’s environmental protection policy, the working documents sent in advance will not be distributed on paper.
Therefore, delegates are kindly requested to bring with them copies of the documents they need. The documents will be posted at the following link: lmd.unwto.org and will be also sent to the delegates by e-mail within the statutory deadlines:
-1st mailing: 24 May (90 days before the session of the Assembly opens);
-2nd mailing: 24 June (60 days before the session of the Assembly opens);
-3rd mailing: 24 July (30 days before the session of the Assembly opens).
List of participants
A provisional list of participants will be sent in advance to all registered participants and will be available for consultation at the information desk at Sun International Resort Hotel and Elephant Hills Resort Hotel.
The final list of participants will be sent to the participants shortly after the closure of the Assembly session. It will also be posted on the UNWTO website.
The Assembly is open to the media. A press centre will be set up at Sun International Resort Hotel and Elephant Hills Resort Hotel. Representatives of the media interested in attending the Assembly are invited to contact UNWTO Secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org) for registration, clearly indicating “General Assembly” in the subject.
The Assembly Daily will be available in electronic format at www.unwto.org. Each issue of the Daily will summarize the previous day’s meetings and corresponding decisions as well as the list of meetings and events to be held during the day and the main items to be dealt with.
Business Centre and Internet Lounge
Participants in the General Assembly session are requested to make their own arrangements for secretarial assistance. A business centre will be available at Sun International Resort Hotel and Elephant Hills Resort Hotel on a commercial basis.
A room for delegates (including an Internet lounge) will be available at Sun International Resort Hotel and Elephant Hills Resort Hotel. The computers will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
•Local currencies and exchange rate: The unit of the Zambian currency is the Zambian kwacha. Foreign bank notes and travellers cheques can be converted into Zambian kwacha at all banks and other authorized money exchange outlets. The Zambia exchange rate is subject to market fluctuations. As of February 2013, 1 USD is approximately ZK 5.3.
Zimbabwe currently uses multicurrency but mainly the United States dollar, British pound, South African rand and Botswana pula. Change is mainly given in United State dollars. Foreign bank notes and travellers cheques can be changed at all banks and other authorized money exchange outlets.
•Climate: The average temperature in Livingstone and Victoria Falls towns in the month of August is about 11ºC minimum and 28ºC maximum.
•Dress code for meetings: For meetings, women generally wear normal business attire and men jacket and tie, or their national dress.
•Official language: The official language for both Zambia and Zimbabwe is English, although there are numerous local languages and dialects spoken in both countries.
•Local time in Livingstone and Victoria Falls towns: The time in both Zambia and Zimbabwe is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2).
•Electricity: The standard electricity supply in both countries is 220 – 240 volts. Most places in both countries have 3 square pin UK type outlets. Some hotels may have different types of outlets and converters. Participants are advised to bring their own adapters and converters.
•Health requirements and precautions: No vaccinations are required to enter both countries. However, please note that travellers to and from Zambia via South Africa are required to have a certificate of yellow fever vaccination.
•Insurance: Participants may wish to take out adequate travel insurance and health insurance before leaving their respective countries. The hosts have no insurance coverage for the participants and will not be held responsible for any accident that may occur during the conference.
•Mobile phones: Participants are free to bring their mobile handsets in both countries and can buy a local SIM card in either country. Participants will be required to register when buying the local SIM cards. Roaming and rental services are also available in both countries.
•Tips and tax: Service charges are included in room rates for accommodation providers in both countries, though clients are free to tip the service provider if they are happy with the service.
•Automated Teller Machines (ATM): Travellers who carry internationally recognized credit cards can get cash in the local currency at ATMs.
•Business hours: Government offices are usually open for business during weekdays from 8 a.m to 5 p.m in Zambia, and closed on weekends and public holidays. In Zimbabwe, government offices are usually open for business during weekdays from 7:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and closed on weekends and public holidays. Banks are open 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m in Zambia and from 8 a.m to 5 p.m in Zimbabwe. Most shops and shopping malls are usually open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in both countries.
•Emergency phone numbers
|990||Medical||+263 13 44646||Medical|
|999||Police||+263 13 44206||Police|
|993||Fire||+263 13 44311||Fire|
|+260213321632||ZambianSecretariat||+263 4 749421||ZimbabweanSecretariat|
Date: 14 June 2013